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Published: Friday, Aug. 30 2013 3:05 p.m. MDT

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I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

There are several options here for families:

1) Demand that the state-run school system solve these problems

2) Drive their children themselves

3) Walk with your children

4) Let your children walk themselves

5) Let your children walk with a family that walks

6) Let your children ride with a family that drives

7) Home School

8) Private School

I'm not saying any of these options is right or wrong, nor available to every parent. I just feel in a discussion on this issue, options should always be presented to those who may not have considered them but would greatly be benefited by them.

trueblue87
Provo, UT

I don't think you can put blame on the bus drivers. They are put between a rock(allowing more students to crowd on the bus) and a hard place(parents getting upset because their children were not allowed on the bus due to it being full).

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I guess we get what we're really to pay for. We say we love our children, but...

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

The kids all look healthy enough to walk to school and the pre classroom exercise would get their blood flowing and brains stimulated to become better educated. Exercise is the best alternative and parents should not be so condescending about putting all this child discomfort on the school system. If children and parents want an eduction bad enough they would not blame the schools or buses for lazy dependence.

Crowded buses discourage children from going to school but long walks and teenagers sharing the trek make for better attitudes in schools and the classmates.

There is safety in numbers when they walk to school and these kids are old enough to know how to find their path to education without the teachers placard maps pinned to their cloths.

Parents are more of a problem of overcrowded buses than school neglect. We Americans all pay taxes for education and we also have some right to chastise parents and students for being so lazy and inconsiderate of others having to pay transportation costs for healthy able bodied children who can walk.

Stop whining, be americans and don't be so dependent for opulent luxury limos.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

Let's see...you chose to live in deep deep suburbia where a vehicle is the only quick and viable way to get anywhere so you can have the school system cater to busing your kid to school so you can live out there.

The 8 options listed above are ways to deal with it Suburbanites. I feel bad for the kids but I blame the parents for this one.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

I am guessing there is a good number of of my fellow LDS out there with larger than average families. I am not saying you shouldn't have many kids, that is your decision. What I am saying is if you all chose to have many kids, there will be overcrowding in schools unless you are all willing to pay more for more school buildings and busses. More kids, more fees or more crowding. You can't have it both ways if you rely on socialism.

Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT

I'm not sure what alternatives these parents would expect. It's not as if the schools can just go into the janitor's closet and pull out a few extra buses and drivers. Since school buses don't have seat belts, air bags, or much else in the way of safety equipment, the number of kids per seat isn't going to make much difference in an accident other than simply the number of kids exposed to injury. School buses are dangerous either way. Perhaps it might help if some of them rode bicycles to school. I bicycled just over six miles to school and it kept me in pretty good shape. I also didn't have to worry about missing the bus when I participated in after-school activities.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

This is what Republicans voted for and have voted for with automatically voting for the person with teh R by the name. Stack'em deep and teach'em cheap and keep voting the same way and complain to no end. This is Utah after all.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

If parents actually started to pay for the costs of having children instead of getting tax breaks, this wouldn't be a problem. It is time to end the child tax credits and adequately start funding education.

Ldsrm
Spanish fork, UT

In response to Kings Court

If We don't have kids to put in to the work force ware is the money gone to come from for your and my retirement.

BU52
Provo, ut

What an exciting business opportunity. Some of you Suburban owning mothers could do some car pooling, charge the other parents for gas plus a little and have a little extra egg money socked away. Sounds like a good solution, unless of course you want to keep it free...and by free I mean that the taxpayers pay for it.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

The picture shows one child sitting in the aisle yet a couple of seats where only two occupants comfortably lounge. The bus is crowded, definitely uncomfortable but not full.

When I was at Bingham Middle School in the 80's we always had three kids on most seats and we were assigned. Monday and Friday were the worse. My two buddies and I had backpacks, two trumpets and a tuba. We managed just fine for the forty minute bus ride to school.

What needs to happen is assigned seats. The driver ONLY picks up students on the list, and the students must sit in their assigned seat. Send the first kids on the bus to the back and the last kids on in the front.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Simple solution.

Charge parents a dollar per day for their kids bus ride. Maybe two.

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