In Illinois, schools are required to provide bus transportation to their students who live more than 1.5 miles from school.
Schools are also required to bus children who live less than 1.5 miles from school but lack a safe walking route -- a program is known as hazard busing.
The task of determining whether or not a route is hazardous is left up to the individual school boards, but the Illinois State Board of Education provides guidelines to help.
The hazards they look for in each school include children walking on a roadway, walking along a roadway without a sidewalk, crossing busy intersections, crossing railroad tracks and the potential for violent crime.
When schools use hazard busing for their students, the state must reimburse the school for the...