School GPS settles bus-stop disputes in St. Paul

  • Article by: DAAREL BURNETTE II , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 19, 2010 - 7:52 PM

St. Paul uses the technology to make sure buses stay on course and to help negotiate parent-driver problems.

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SupervonOct. 19, 10 8:09 PM

probably are the ones I have to make my welfare tax payments for. How can I predict this?

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bofh2Oct. 19, 10 8:12 PM

I have a 4 year old and she is at pre-school 5 to 10 minutes early. Something you may have forgotten, you are the PARENT.

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dgb049Oct. 19, 10 8:23 PM

Bussing... 20 - 25% of the education budget. Then the parents can't get their children to the right corner, then us taxpayers have to pay for all this redundant technology, and then the parents are uninvolved, and their kid get bad grades. It looks like us taxpayers lose every time, no matter what!

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azrielaOct. 19, 10 8:49 PM

of the parents complaining are parents of middle and high school age children who just didn't want to go to school that day. In a one car family if the car is already gone for the day or should both parents already be at work, this would be an effective scam to miss school for the student particularly if there is not another way to get the student to school.

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hermanthehunOct. 19, 10 9:23 PM

dgb049 you better go back to your private school and learn the basic math you missed there. The Saint Paul Schools budget is $624 million. The transportation budget is $29 million, about half of which is special education. $29 million is not 20% to 25% of $624 million. Ignorance is bliss.....

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tiredretiredOct. 19, 10 9:26 PM

...of how our two-wage households affect parental involvement. If both parents must work, kids don't always make it to the bus stop on time (accidentally or purposely). This necessitates that society picks up the slack, by investing in GPS systems and monitoring service. Lost parenting time is reflected in all aspects of education, such as instructional materials, teacher training, school security, legal actions, guidance counselors, psychologists, student remediation, testing, and after school programs, etc. Of course, these require additional public investments. People often overlook this dynamic, when they decry the rising cost of education and other child-centered social programs.

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rapturizerOct. 22, 10 5:08 AM

I drove for one of the contractors for the St Paul School District last year. Several drivers were fired for not making stops and speeding- one who skipped a couple stops to go to a fast food restaurant every morning - he also claimed that the GPS was lying.

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colderinmnOct. 22, 1012:53 PM

29 million spent on busing is still too much.

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