Illinois to expand school bus services

ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Illinois State Board of Education expands school districts’ ability to offer free transportation to students.

The expanded law offers transportation to students who would have to walk through areas of criminal gang activity.

School districts are not obligated to provide transportation to students who live within a mile and a half of the school. The new law now provides compensation to schools to transport those students if they pass through an area of gang activity.

The ISBE has provided a template for parents to request their school district to review the streets that their children travel to school on.

School districts will begin to be reimbursed for this added transportation starting in the 2020 fiscal year.

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