HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — Dr. Tommy Bice, Alabama’s State Superintendent of Education, has chimed in on the new bus fees for Hoover.
“Transportation is an essential function of the education system and we want to ensure that all students have equal access to safe, reliable transportation to and from school. We were surprised by the actions of the Hoover Board of Education last evening regarding fees for transportation services, as we had not been consulted on the proposal.
The fact that Alabama state code dictates that no fees can be collected from any children attending any of the first six grades of a city school is a concern (Section 16-11-26). This code specification alone would make a significant percentage of Hoover’s bus riding population ineligible for rider fees. We are reviewing the possible legal and associated ramifications of the proposal and will be meeting with Hoover’s leadership early next week to share our findings and provide our input.”
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