N.J. Lawmakers To Consider Selling Ad Space On School Buses

ads on school busYellow may no longer be the predominate color of school buses in New Jersey. The Assembly Education Committee will consider a measure today allowing ads on the outside of the buses. The bill would not allow ads for tobacco or alcohol products or political advocacy. The state education commissioner would get the final say about any potentially offensive ads. Boards of Education that contract for ad space would have to use half the revenue to defray fuel costs for student busing. The other half would go toward school programs or services.

A similar bill went nowhere in the prior legislative session.

But Gov. Chris Christie cut $812 million from the education budget this year.

Bill sponsors say any revenue-raising ideas that don’t hurt kids or harm education should be considered. AP

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  1. What next ? Do we not have any morals left as a society ? I vote no, never, the whole idea of a yellow bus is visibility and students safety. This is nuts for sure, and a waste of taxpayers time for the lawmakers to even be considering. NJ is really forcing people to leave the state over the cost of living here, we have to many fat cats for sure in Trenton.

  2. Allowing advertising is not the end of the world.

    If it helps reduce costs for everyone, why not? A bus company servicing a particular community would be stupid to accept advertising that ran counter to that community’s uses (e.g. Oscar Meyer ad on a yeshiva bus). The advertisers would also be stupid to do that. If it was done anyway, a school could vote with its wallet, switching to a company that was more sensitive to its community.

    Me, I’d probably laugh at it.

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