September 21, 2021

The latest school crisis– bus driver shortage

Schools are getting desperate — and creative — in tackling a nationwide bus driver shortage, Axios’ Neal Rothschild reports.

  • A charter school in Wilmington, Delaware, is offering parents $700 to get their kids to and from school for the year.
  • A poll released by several school trade associations this week shows the shortage is the No. 1 problem for 65% of school transportation administrators.
51% call the situation “severe” or “desperate.” The school district in Rochester, New York, says “all options are being considered.”
What’s going on: The Great Resignation sweeping the country is compounded by an aged busing workforce.
  • Half of bus drivers are 65+ and so are more vulnerable to COVID-19.
  • A Montana school district offered $4,000 bonuses and invited residents to test-drive buses.
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools’ driver shortage delayed the return to classrooms by two weeks, The Washington Post reports.