Judge: Franklin Township doesn’t have to provide bus service

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Franklin Township Community Schools does not have to provide bus service, a judge ruled this week.

The judge said the district is not required by state law to provide bus service.

A group of parents sued the district last year after it stopped busing their children to school and used a third-party contractor who started charging families.

The district has since restored free bus service.

The parents said they plan to appeal the ruling.



    So its law that you have to send your children to school till 16 but don't have to supply a way to get there… hmm Not everyone makes an extra 1,500 dollars a year or 150 dollars a month to bus a child or children to school. They need to appeal. This just doesn't sound right!

  • Travis

    Um, last time I checked, my kids were riding to a Franklin Township School on a bus free of charge… why the hell is this even relevant at this point? Laws were already changed to help the school system refinance their debt to prevent further incident… at what point do we decide that this is a frivolous law suit? FCHSGRAD09… I'm assuming you don't have kids in school (though with teen pregnancy rates what they are these days, who knows) so maybe you should stick to a topic that you have some kind of interest in…

  • Kim

    Riding the bus is a privlidge, not a right. My work doesn't provide me transportation to get there, a little different, but same principal

    • J. Rodgers

      You're correct in that your job may not provide you transportation to get there, but you also will not be legally punished if you are unable to get to work. However, if a child is not able to attend school, it is YOU who are held responsible.

      • James

        Welcome to being a parent. You are saying that because you want children, the rest of those who dont should have to pay to get your child to school. Kim is exactly right. Riding a bus is a privilege. If you don't want to pay the fee, send them walking or drive them yourself. Oh, by the way, I am glad to hear that you are such a wonderful parent that you think it is bad that children are made to go to school. Hmmm, maybe you should home school. That is apparently legal. I love how the brain dead individuals in Franklin Township love to waste taxpayer money on frivolus lawsuits.

      • Mike

        Hey James…..just so you know….kids these days ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WALK OR RIDE A BIKE TO SCHOOL. Kids that live across the street from Franklin High School aren't even allowed. So, it's either the bus or parent drives them.

      • Guest

        I live in FT and I have a child who goes to the high school. She does not ride the bus her boy friend takes her or I do. I have seen lots of kids walk to school in Franklin Township. Maybe not the Elementary kids. But, the Jr. High and High School can walk. It is not safe since we have no sidewalks but some parents CAN NOT take their kids and CAN NOT afford paying when they charged.

    • Guest

      As much taxes as we pay Kim. Every child in Indiana should have a free ride to school and no book rental fees. Many states already provide these services. They use the funds from the state lottery and taxes to provide for these services. Where is all our damn tax dollars going?

      • James

        waaaaa. waaaaaaa. waaaaaa. Cry me a river. Do I get a free ride to work? Do I get free stamps to send in my tax check? I bet you love the artificial turf in the football field.


    Actually I am Married and have a 5mo old. Also I live in Franklin Twp, my brother goes to FC Schools. If I pay taxes I think I should have a say in what the district spends its money on. Its relevant because people like my parents struggled to pay the fee for busing. They had to go to work everyday and couldn't drop or pick him up for school. It was not right what they did. Yes my parents got by with a little help from me or family members… but not everyone was so lucky! I don't think they should give them full compensation but at least make it a fair ruling. You can't tell me that you LOVED paying them money for something you got free once!

    Oh and what did teen pregnancy have to do anything with this? I find it funny that you try to personally attack someone on online website whom you have no idea who they are. Its a opinion!!! I wasn't attacking anyone! And neither should you!!!

    • James

      I agree you should have a say. But you cannot expect something for nothing. No, I dont expect you to be happy about it. But I expect you to deal with it and by happy you once had it for free. I have children and I support paying for the bus service. I am for a system that you pay for service you use. Once your children are out of school, you no longer have to pay.

  • guest

    Home- school is an option. Children are required to be educated. If your choice is to go to send your children to public school; so be it. But the school is NOT required by law to provide transportation. And just for the record- $150 a month is a bargain. Most parents would be spending much more $ and time doing their own transportation.

  • James

    So, should my tax dollars pay for you to drive to work? Why do you and many think that it should be a requirement for the government to hold your hands? I am sick and tired you you liberals thinking you the government should be forced to hold your hand. Dang straight us parents should have to pay for our children to ride the bus. Why should people not with children in school pay for my kid to go school? And you wander how come the economy is the way it is and how come taxes go up. You prolly are the same brain dead individual that argued that the government should bail out companies. Oh, but wait, it is ok for the taxpayer to pay the bill for your rugrat to go to school. Get real.

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