Assemblyman Schnall Sponsors Critical Legislation to Reduce Mandated Busing Distances for Students

New Jersey Assemblyman Avi Schnall (D-Lakewood) has sponsored a crucial piece of legislation aimed at amending the outdated transportation requirements for school students in New Jersey, and allowing many more students to receive busing, or aid-in-lieu, to school.

The bill proposes to reduce the mandated busing distance from two miles to one and a half miles for elementary school students and from two and a half miles to one and a half miles for high school students.

Currently, school districts are required to provide transportation only to elementary students who live more than two miles and to high school students who live more than two and a half miles from their public school of attendance. This new legislation will also extend to nonpublic school students residing in school districts that are mandated to provide pupil transportation.

“The current mileage requirements are archaic and fail to reflect the modern needs of our students,” said Assemblyman Schnall. “Expecting young children to walk two miles to school is simply unrealistic, especially in dense urban areas where safety hazards are a major concern. Parents cannot and should not be expected to make their children walk such long distances.”

“This legislation is not just about making life easier for parents; it’s a critical attempt at improving the safety of our school children as they travel to and from school,” he added.

Assemblyman Schnall acknowledged that one and a half miles is still a considerable distance, but said that this change is a necessary first step. “I recognize that even one and a half miles is no short distance for a child to walk. Ideally, we would provide busing for even shorter distances. However, such changes must be made incrementally to maximize the likelihood of legislative approval and enactment.”

Assemblyman Schnall is honored to join forces with Assemblymembers Verlina Jackson-Reynolds and Benjie E. Wimberly in sponsoring this important legislation.

“I am thrilled to work alongside my esteemed colleagues, Assemblymembers Jackson-Reynolds and Wimberly, in championing this bill. Together, we are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students in our state,” Schnall said.

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  1. What about switching the minimum distance to school from .5 miles to nothing?
    My children live .4 miles to school and dont get bussing.
    It may seem very close but they have to cross very major busy streets inorder to get to school. It’s simply not safe.

  2. It seems like every bill that the Scoop reports that Avi Schnall has sponsored, is about spending more money to provide more services. I already pay lots of taxes. And this will just raise my taxes more. I am very disappointed by Schnall’s legislative record and agenda.

  3. There used to be mandated bussing for kids who had to cross a major highway even if they lived just across the street. That was back in the good old days of Lakewood, maybe 35 years ago, when Lakewood didn’t have so much traffic and congestion.

  4. make every school that is built by there own school busses they should at least buy 3 busses why should tax payers have to keep on paying to bus these children all over to different towns the schools should all be responsible for their own transportation.

  5. If this legislation passes, many yeshiva and day school students living in Passaic and Clifton will qualify for busing or aid-in-lieu. Neither town provides courtesy busing. This will have a significant impact on school budgets, especially Passaic.

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