School buses to circle Colorado Capitol over education cuts
April 1, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – School buses from a Colorado Springs-area district are headed to Denver to make a statement about proposed education budget cuts.
The Gazette reports that 52 buses from Falcon School District 49 plan to circle the state Capitol Thursday to send the message “Fund our kids, fund our future.”
However, the cost of the trip is raising eyebrows at home.
Officials say they won’t know how much the trip will cost until it’s over since drivers are paid an hourly rate. They estimate it could be around $7,000.
But a calculation based on transportation information on the district’s website puts the cost closer to $20,000.
The district expects to lose between $7 and $9 million in state funding and voted to eliminate bus service next year.
Schools there are on spring break this week.