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Seattle Schools Reworks Transportation Plan

Ann Dornfeld

Seattle Public Schools pulled back Friday from a transportation proposal that would dramatically change start times at some schools. KUOW's Ann Dornfeld reports.


Last week, the school district released a proposal that would require some kids to get to school as much as two hours earlier. The goal was to save $1 million from the transportation budget.

Parents protested. They were upset they weren't asked for input before the proposal went to the School Board.

After hearing from angry parents, the district has revised its proposal. The new plan would keep school start times mostly unchanged from this year.

But bus rides would be up to 45 minutes long, compared to the current 25–minute limit.

The district says its new proposal wouldn't achieve its million–dollar savings goal. Instead, officials estimate savings of $500,000 or less.

The district says it encourages families to comment on potential transportation and school–start time changes.

But the district hasn't told parents which school–start times and bus pick–ups would change under the new proposal. A district spokesperson didn't respond to multiple requests for comment for this story.

The Seattle School Board is set to vote on the new proposal at its meeting on Wednesday.

I'm Ann Dornfeld, KUOW News.

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