...in related news child obesity rates still on rise, know one knows how to fix the problem. The Washington Post has a story that rising fuel costs may make some students walk to school even though we don't know what the cost of fuel will be come fall...OOOh our poor children will have to WALK TO SCHOOL!! Come one..they may have to walk a mile maybe two? I was just in Sudan where students walk up to 4 hours to school each morning, they don't get any lunch or barely any lunch, then walk the 4 hours back home after school and we're complaining? Story Here:
School officials generally think of fuel as a fixed cost. But it's really not, Weast reminded board members June 10 in Rockville. Should prices continue to rise, the school system could save money by raising maximum walking distances for students, because more walkers means fewer buses. Currently, elementary school students walk up to a mile, middle school students 1.5 miles and high school students two miles...."You may have to come to a very delicate decision that you'll have to make sometime during the next year if the costs continue to go up," Weast said during a discussion of transportation policy. "A million [dollar] cost in fuel is about 16 1/2 teaching slots."...With the proposed rule change, Weast said he was "sending a very strong signal" about the dire state of the school system's $2 billion budget over the coming year. The proposal would allow him to adjust walking distances after "expedited" public comment, possibly a few days rather than a month. Despite that, school officials stress that they don't anticipate actually asking anyone to walk farther to school in the 2008-09 academic year....Board members are scheduled to consider the policy revision today. How they vote might depend on public outcry. The board last changed walking distances in 1996, voting to extend the maximum high-school trek from 1.75 miles to two. Dozens of parents called school officials in protest. The change effectively eliminated three bus runs per high school, for a savings of $250,000 a year. Nearly 2,000 students lost their ride.
besides, I used to love walking to school...take a trip to Africa, trust me we do not know how good we have it and seem to do everything in our power to complain and just give it away...
Whole article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/22/AR2008062202193_pf.html