Ride-shares, vans and public transit could be the new school buses

Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 12:49pm
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Schools across Arizona, and across the country, are trying to figure out better ways to get students to school.

The Tolleson Union High School District says it’s using a grant to start an Uber-like service. In Chandler, city officials plan to launch an on-demand passenger van service to help students; others are thinking about public transit and other options.

There are a pair of big challenges at work here: students going to schools outside their neighborhood districts, and a lack of bus drivers.

Matthew Ladner has been looking into these issues and recently wrote a paper on them. Ladner is director of the Arizona Center for Student Opportunity within the Arizona Charter Schools Association. He argues that school choice is not really a choice if it’s limited by your ability to get your student to school.

The Show spoke with Ladner to learn about his argument.

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