Budget Cuts Affect School Transportation

9 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Tuesday, August 31 2010 Aug 31, 2010 Tuesday, August 31, 2010 8:40:11 AM CDT August 31, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA-Two Columbia schools no longer have to pay for transportation for students because of test scores. New Haven and Fairway did not reach the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) through MAP testing this year. No Child Left Behind requires all U.S. elementary schools to reach a certain level on state testing. If this level is not met, schools are no longer required to offer free transportation for students.

School officials at New Haven planned to create two fifth grade classes to deal with a surplus of students. Now that transportation is no longer free, the school has since combined the students into one fifth grade class which meets state capacity requirements.

Assistant Superintendent Peter Stiepleman says New Haven is experimenting with consolidating both kindergarten and first grade classes into one, based on skill level. He believes this step will help test scores in the future.

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