Facing a shortage of bus drivers, school districts scramble to get students to class

February 8, 2019 | NPR

The booming economy means a shortage of school bus drivers in many parts of the country. In Maine, the situation was so bad one school had to cancel classes for a day.

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Early last month, a small school in Maine was forced to cancel classes. No, this was not because of snow or ice. The district couldn’t find enough bus drivers to pick up all the students. As it turns out, low unemployment has meant that across the country, workers are passing on school bus driving jobs for better-paying work. As Maine Public Radio’s Robbie Feinberg reports, this has left districts scrambling to get students to school.

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