If you’re a San Diego parent who puts your kid on a bus to school, you probably know that San Diego Unified started charging some families more than $300 annually for busing this year.
Then again, maybe you don’t know that.
Only half of more than 5,000 students whose families are supposed to pay for busing to magnet schools and other integration programs have paid up, said Phil Stover, the deputy superintendent who oversees operations in San Diego Unified schools.
The fees are supposed to be required for any families who earn too much to get free or reduced-price lunches. Students with disabilities are also exempt. But the district hasn’t had a clear way to enforce the rules. Parents also complained earlier this year that there was too little information about the fees and how to pay them; the school district ultimately put up a website and created a payment system.
But the end result is that San Diego Unified got less money than it had hoped.