Robbinsdale Parents Fight School Bus Privatization

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (WCCO) — Parents and bus drivers are going to take their fight against the possibility of privatized busing to school board members in Robbinsdale.

The parents and bus drivers plan on speaking out against privatization at 5:30 p.m., prior to the school board meeting in New Hope.

According to the SEIU Local 284, research shows privatizing school busing leads to lower quality of service and accountability problems.

According to the district, moving to privatized bus service could save more than $2 million in operating costs the first year.

The board is expected to vote on the issue March 5.

  • zee the reporter

    privatized bus service could save more than $2 million im for it!

  • once

    Thats the first year. A few years down the road it will start costing more. Once a school gets rid of the busses it can never go back. The private bus service knows this. The first years savings is just to get the contract. After that they can almost charge what ever they want as the school having gotten rid of the busses can never afford to buy them back.

    • Cindy

      Why not just end bus service all together and return the money saved to the taxpayers?

      We are on the hook to educate the kids, the least parents could do is get the little buggers to the school building. Its really not asking that much.

      • Twins FAN

        Maybe if we had neighborhood schools the students could……walk to school! What a concept. But no longer reality. Just like having 300 parents driving to the same location at the same time. Increase in accidents, gas usage, and so forth.
        Glad you are perfect Cindy…..sorry for my less than acceptable behavior of needing a school for my child.

      • Jeff

        Really? How about allowing the parents to hold down a job when their place of work is the opposite direction of the school. If you have more than one child at different ages, that could result in driving half the morning. And not all households have the luxury of a stay-at-home parent that can do that. They are not little buggers, by the way. They are children. And not all taxpayers even have a car that they can drive their kids to school. But I am guessing you have an elitist view on that too.

        • Jason

          Thats right they are children, your children. I get mine to school. No not everyone has a car……. MTC.

        • Average Jo

          Really? You choose to have kids and now everyone else has to take care of them. The idea is to save classroom teachers that teach your kids. Sounds like you don’t care as long as I don’t have to worry about it. Let the schools do it and I bet you never vote for a levy increase either. Let the government take care of it and pass the buck.

        • Cindy

          I have a job and get my kids to their school every day, If I can do it anyone can so spare me the “oh the needy people that can’t take care of themselves” speech.

          The reason we have such out of control spending is mother-hen attitudes like yours Jeff. If you don’t hold everyones hand through life they will find a way to get by on their own.

  • Tom

    Apparently saving money is more important than safety! And the company sees profit over safety!

    • Bus Driver Bob

      Yes because your kids are always safer being driven to government school by union goons.

      When they get there they will be brain washed by other union agents and hopefully grow up to be good little subjects of the left.

      • Tom

        I guess unions are to blame for everything these days according to the conservatives!

  • dan

    Of course the Union is against this. Our school has used a private bus service for many years and the have provided an excellent service to the community. Love how the Union is going for scare tactics to make a point.

    • hunnybear18

      So has our district. The service is much better, and this also allows to the district to shop around to make sure the company they are using is giving them the best deal.

  • The Editor

    “According to the SEIU Local 284, research shows privatizing school busing leads to lower quality of service and accountability problems.”

    What research? Did they poll the members of their union?

    Terrible reporting when you quote an obviously biased source and then don’t follow it any further.

  • Bill

    Crush the unions at every chance

  • Jeff

    Glad some of you see this as an opportunity to vent your political agenda. Without unions we would all be working 80 hours a week for minimum wage with no health insurance, we would have a life expectancy most likely 20 years younger.

    • Grynch

      You need to take a close look at your calendar and remind yourself of what century we are living in right now.

  • DJP

    If you choose to have childer (and that IS a choice) you should be expected to care for them and not expect society to take that burden off of you. I would love to see parents having to pay for schooling AND donate time to their schools. I have yet to find anywhere in the Constitution where it say free school. (I may be wrong on that, and would like to find the section so then I can shut my mouth on that…LOL). Parents…if you have kids, then learn to deal with the idea of giving up things YOU want, in order for your kids to get to school on time!!

    • Jason

      @ djp Guess what parents like myself and my wife pay twice to school our kids. Tuition / property tax. Its not easy making it work, but public school in my district is not a choice. We also donate many hours of service to thier school. The quality of education is superior, less mandates from the state, and no teachers union running the show. Overall better focus on educating of the children.

  • Kevin

    According to the district, moving to privatized bus service could save more than $2 million in operating costs the first year……Say goodbye to Union drivers!

  • Peter

    A report by the SEIU ? If the drivers support the SEIU, ask the SEIU to not collect dues and the drivers keep more money. Contracting school bus transportation is one example of how towns can lower their cost and receive safe service. Capital is important, paying taxes is important. Our schools need to reduce non educational costs. I applaud the board for trying to find ways to improve education in the classroom and stop the un necessary added expense of running our our fleet.

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