Keep yellow bus transportation to Cedar Park Elementary & other SPS option schools

Keep yellow bus transportation to Cedar Park Elementary & other SPS option schools

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Cedar Park PTA started this petition to SPS Board of Directors

We strongly oppose the Seattle Public School (SPS) Board intention to discontinue yellow bus transportation to SPS option schools, including our school, Cedar Park Elementary, in an effort to close the identified budget gap of nearly $70 million for the 2021-2022 school year. The projected savings of cutting this essential service (from $550,000 to $740,000) is not significant enough to make up for the harm and disruption our students and families will endure. 

This decision appears to unfairly and inequitably target option schools, which are a critical part of the SPS choice plan, and goes against SPS’ stated priorities around racial equity: “It is the moral and ethical responsibility and a top priority for Seattle Public Schools to provide Equity Access and Opportunity for every student, and to eliminate racial inequity in our educational and administrative system.”

Additionally, this budgetary cut does not seem to take into consideration Washington State Legislature's Revised Code: RCW 28A.160.150 which states that transportation operating costs “…shall be funded at one hundred percent or as close thereto as reasonably possible for transportation of an eligible student to and from school…”

The SPS Board appears to have not thought through any of the following concerns:

  • How will students make it to school everyday? Not every family has the transportation means to get to school. Does SPS expect young children to walk miles to school everyday? Or to cross a 4-lane highway (WA-522/Lake City Way), as is the case with students within a few blocks of our school? 
  • The fact that this decision is being considered during open enrollment will additionally cause undue chaos for schools and families. How are families supposed to make such a crucial and personal decision as determining the school that will meet their unique child’s needs when the basic logistics of access are in question? How are current SPS families supposed to plan resuming their post-Covid lives when a basic service of SPS is in question? 
  • Is SPS prepared for the influx of students who will be forced to attend their neighborhood school because they no longer have transportation to Cedar Park? Where will the money and space come from for more classrooms and teachers?

Transportation is an integral component to guaranteeing access to ALL students at our option schools. We implore you to reconsider your decision and not ​discontinue yellow bus transportation to SPS option schools.

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