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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Pr. Geo.'s parents, students plan protest

By Robert Samuels

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.''

By Robert Samuels  | March 10, 2011; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Education  | Tags:  education  
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Maybe these students need to go to school within their own district so there will be no need for extra transportation. If they don't want to do that, then they are responsible for their own transportation.

Posted by: mbrumble | March 10, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

The students are in the correct district, Prince George's county. They are not at their neighborhood schools. They go to Suitland for the special magnet programs. They are bused there because magnet programs are not offered at all schools throughout the county.

Posted by: watapple | March 10, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Maybe these students need to go to school within their own district so there will be no need for extra transportation. If they don't want to do that, then they are responsible for their own transportation.

Posted by: mbrumble | March 10, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse
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These are students not employees of some company. They may come from low income families or go to school a long way from home, this is simply not easy to fix. It is ridiculous to do something like this because it pretty much voids any purpose of having different programs at different schools. Like the parent said, there will almost be no point of having a magnet program. Most schools systems are having budget issues, but PG has to be the only one that seems to focusing on cutting things that directly affect the students. That is inexcusable.

Posted by: meatkins | March 10, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Those traffic woes are going to affect a lot of people. At the John Hanson campus in Oxon Hill, 800 magnet students will lose bus service, causing daily traffic jams that will start on the exit ramp from the Beltway onto Oxon Hill Road. At the Robert Goddard campus in Seabrook, 1100 magnet students will lose bus service, causing a half-hour traffic jam on Good Luck Road. I hope local transportation officials are taking notice of this!

Posted by: johnstith | March 10, 2011 11:18 PM | Report abuse

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