Across the U.S., many students who live in rural areas are subjected to hours of bus riding before and after school every day.
Historically, American students attended the school that served their neighborhood. But in rural areas, school consolidation took hold.
Rural, sparsely populated areas weren’t effectively serving the small number of students in the area, so schools began moving to large, centrally-located school campuses that serve lots of kids from the surrounding county.
While this helps school districts, it means long days for students, who often spend an hour or more on a bus for a one-way trip. Offering bus service was intended to make the school consolidation process easier for parents, but the reality is that it’s cutting into kids’ lives in...