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‘A Tax on Poor People’: San Diego Unified Sends Parents Who Can’t Pay for School Bus Rides to a Collections Agency

San Diego Unified sends parents to a collections agency if they don’t pay their child’s school bus fees on time.

California is one of a dozen states that allows school districts to charge parents fees for bus rides to school. For parents in San Diego Unified whose kids don’t meet strict criteria that qualifies them for free transportation, that costs $500 a year for one child and an additional $250 for two or more kids, for a total of $750 per family.