Study: Students more likely to attend school if they're eligible for the bus

School transportation is not required under Michigan law. Schools in recent years have struggled to find bus drivers to adequately staff transporta...

July 27, 2022
2:02 AM

School transportation is not required under Michigan law. Schools in recent years have struggled to find bus drivers to adequately staff transportation departments. Vulnerable students show up to school more often if they have access to a bus that will drop them off and pick them up, according to a new study of Michigan data. The study was released Tuesday and comes from the National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice, based in New Orleans. Researchers found that students from low income homes are about 25% less likely to be deemed chronically absent — missing more than 10% of the school year — if they're eligible to ride the school bus.

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