Pr. Geo.'s parents, students plan protest
Frustrated parents and students plan to gather at Suitland High School early Friday to rally against a budget that would eliminate busing for magnet programs throughout Prince George's County.
Cutting the bus service -- part of a budget the county school board approved in February -- would save the system $8 million. Officials said the savings are needed to help cover a budget shortfall of about $155 million.
About a fifth of Suitland's students are magnet students, mostly from outside the neighborhood, and almost all of them take school buses.
Parents say ending the busing will create traffic woes and restrict access to coveted programs. "Cutting the transportation is almost as bad as cutting the program,'' Christina Graves, one mother of a magnet student, said. "We've got to do something.''
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