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AG says schools can't charge bus fee

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The Indiana Attorney General says it’s unconstitutional to charge public school students to ride the bus.

The AG’s Office issued the nine-page legal opinion Monday after the Indiana State Board of Accounts questioned whether school corporations could legally require students to pay a bus rider fee. Several school corporations around the state proposed or planned on charging students to ride the bus as a way to offset rising costs and declining revenue.

The attorney general used the Indiana Supreme Court’s decision on permissible fees in Nagy, et al. v. Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corp., 844 N.E.2d 481 (Ind. 2006), to determine that charging the bus fees is unconstitutional under Article 8, Section 1 of the state’s constitution. Attorney General Greg Zoeller determined the transportation of students to and from school is deemed a “part of a public education,” and the General Assembly hasn’t provided the governing body of any school corporation with the authority to assess, charge or collect a bus rider fee.

The opinion isn’t legally binding, but serves as a guideline.  
 

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  1. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  2. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  3. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  4. Different rules for different folks....

  5. I would strongly suggest anyone seeking mediation check the experience of the mediator. There are retired judges who decide to become mediators. Their training and experience is in making rulings which is not the point of mediation.

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