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Taken For A Ride: No Bus Cuts for Elementary Kids?

Nathan Eagle/Honolulu Civil Beat

The Hawaii Department of Education and its governing board are laying out an array of bandages to dress the wounds they anticipate after making severe cuts to student transportation services.

There will be no impact on elementary school children, however, if Board of Education Chair Don Horner gets his wish.

The board on Tuesday held its first meeting since the Legislature voted to provide $25 million for the school bus budget next year. Department officials were relieved the shortfall was less than expected, but they still face a $17 million hole with limited ways to fill it.

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