Glendale and Burbank school districts will absorb hundreds of thousands of dollars in state-mandated cuts to student busing to ensure that transportation services won’t be interrupted, their superintendents said this week.
Gov. Jerry Brown last month announced $1 billion in mid-year budget cuts, including $79.6 million in funding for K-12 schools and an additional $248 million in transportation funds. The reductions were not as severe as anticipated, but nevertheless delivered a wallop to school districts.
State law mandates that districts provide transportation for students with disabilities, and in some cases to ensure the desegregation of schools.
Glendale Unified will lose about $750,000 due to the mid-year cuts, including $350,000 in reimbursements for the busing of special education students, Supt. Dick Sheehan said. The district will absorb those costs.
“One, it would be against the law not to provide transportation for these students,” Sheehan said. “Two, it is the right thing to do.”