Indiana AG Says School Bus Fees Unconstitutional

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced on Thursday that he will ask the State Board of Accounts to review a school corporation's transportation arrangement that charges parents fees for children to ride school buses.

In an official legal opinion issued on Thursday, Zoeller concluded that it is unconstitutional for Franklin Township Community School Corporation or any school corporation to require fees for school bus transportation even if the school system outsources bus service to another entity.

Zoeller's official legal opinion was researched at the request of State Rep. Mike Speedy and State Sen. Patricia Miller, both Republicans from Indianapolis. They asked about the legality of the current school bus fee arrangement of Franklin Township Schools in Marion County. Speedy and Miller requested analysis and guidance for possible legislation to address the situation.

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