Arizona is a leader when it comes to educational opportunities. One area where educational opportunity can expand and improve is a child’s access to transportation to a school that fits their needs.
Recently introduced legislation, SB 1280, presents a three-fold strategy to encourage innovation for district and charter school transportation.
This is a $10 million innovation grant program broken out into three parts:
- Parent-driven solutions: this provision establishes a new program administered by the Arizona Department for Education to give microgrants to families for transportation costs, up to $80 a month. This program could cover a parent’s monthly gasoline expenses, the cost of a ridesharing service, or other innovative parent-driven solutions.
- School-driven solutions: at the discretion of the district and charter schools, school districts would be able to repurpose transportation money to provide resources directly to parents or start pilot programs for families who do not have access to transportation to their student’s school.
- Municipality-driven solutions: local municipalities could access transportation grants to change their bus routes for the benefit of students traveling to school via public transportation.
All three of these solutions offer better access to transportation for families to get their students to their classrooms.
Sign the letter to urge your lawmakers to support K-12 transportation innovation grants to better serve student and family needs!