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Excellent school-bus drivers have quit over lack of critical benefits

I’m a school bus driver, retired after 30 years. The recent Community Voices commentary about school bus drivers (“How (and how not) to solve the shortage of school bus drivers”) was spot on. Many drivers who loved the work, really cared about the kids, and were excellent, safe drivers couldn’t afford to continue working for exactly the reasons expressed in the article.

Driving to and from work twice each day, drivers had difficulty finding any reasonably well-paid employment that fit between a.m. and p.m. bus routes or over the summers. I quit driving when our superintendent (who had just gotten a $40,000/yr. raise) told the bus drivers that we would just have to accept cuts for the sake of the school district.

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