Parents See Early Results From Kansas' Waiver from "No Child Left Behind"

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -Beginning Wednesday morning, parents were allowed to begin enrolling their children into Topeka public schools.

The beginning of the new school year usually leaves kids excited, anxious and a little nervous to meet their new classmates, but changes this year in funding could create more panic for parents.

April Cohagan's daughter switched schools in an effort to boost her grades. "We moved her to chase and grades went way up and we were real pleased", she said. But at enrollment today, the family got a surprise. "There was no transportation out there for A.Y.P. students and it sends my kid walking to school six miles.

The funding for the busing they used was provided through the "No
Child Left Behind Act," which Kansas received a waiver from two weeks ago.

Communications Director Ron Harbaugh says, "At this point the funding used to bus these kids is gone, so if they want their student to go to a school thats not in their neighborhood, they'll have to pick up the cost themselves to get there."

April now is forced to make a difficult decision. Keep her daughter at chase where she excelled, or choose the closer school, where she'd have transportation, but perhaps see her grades take two steps back..

She says, "Where's that leaving our children? Is it leaving them behind by taking away our busing? Do we move to another district? That's not always an option.


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