I posted Part 1 of this blog thread several days ago, and I think it would be worthwhile to summarize some things we’ve heard, so far, from reader comments and other discussions.
• Informants indicate busing problems extend beyond the three schools elementary schools that the Jefferson County Public School System officially identified. For example, we have received specific comments about problems in Cochran Elementary and the Jefferson County Traditional Middle School.
• In addition to children getting home late, there are reports of problems with the morning pickups. One problem: Students are arriving at school late.
• In some cases, it is reported to us that after the first day, buses didn’t even stop at a morning pickup site. Kids missed school completely for days without any follow-up.
• The management of after-school waits for bus pickups is sometimes terrible. Kids reportedly have been forced to sit (no lying down!) on hard gym floors for hours without water or food.
• To make the busing look successful, an informant says some schools actually dismissed EARLY! How does that improve education?
• There are rumors of even worse conditions in the bus transfer yards.
So, Louisville, how is week two going? Is everything fixed, or are kids still spending hours a day trapped in the busing madness?