UCISD cites law in blocking bussing of transfer students
Children living in the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District who have transferred to area school districts will no longer be provided free transportation by the receiving school district.
That decision arose when Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion pursuant to Education Code, section 34.007. The opinion, dated Oct. 3, 2017, was issued to all Texas public school districts.
Coryell County District Attorney Dustin H. Boyd requested the AG opinion, presumably on behalf of Gatesville ISD. Boyd asked, in his request, whether a “public school district may operate a transportation system outside of the district’s geographical boundaries in the absence of an interlocal contract.”
Apparently, Jonesboro ISD, located in Coryell, Hamilton, and Bosque counties, had been sending a school bus into the Gatesville ISD to transport students – living within the Gatesville ISD boundaries – who had been granted transfers to attend Jonesboro ISD schools.
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