Skyrocketing fuel costs put new pressures on school budgets

06/19/2008 | Wall Street Journal (free content), The

Nearly a half million school buses transport 25 million U.S. children some 4.3 billion miles annually, but diesel prices and increased ridership are forcing some districts to cut deeply into classroom programs to continue bus service. "I've never seen anything escalate this quick," says Hank Hurd, chief operating officer for Durham, N.C., schools where the fuel budget has doubled in one year. "There's no way for a school district to absorb those kinds of increases."

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