Lafayette’s charter schools must provide busing in 3 years

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – Three years from now, more school buses will be on the road in Lafayette Parish once its charter schools are required to transport their students.

Unlike their traditional public school counterparts, certain charter schools previously weren’t required to provide free transportation to students.

The Advocate reports the new state education policy requires charter schools currently operating to begin transportation services by the 2018-19 school year to any student who lives a mile or more from the campus

While existing charter schools have a nearly three-year window to implement a plan, those charter schools beginning operations for the first time this school year must provide transportation. But that requirement doesn’t apply to any schools in Lafayette Parish, where three charter schools opened last year.

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