You just might want to check - especially if you live in Georgia. 
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Courtesy of Education Week...

Rural Georgia students less prepared for college

Georgia students from rural communities are more likely to take remedial courses in college and to score lower on the SAT than their peers from more populated areas, according to new analysis by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Data specialist Kelly Guckian and reporter Jaime Sarrio found that 23 percent of Georgia's rural students took remedial courses in college, compared to 19.9 percent of non-rural students. That gap widened when comparing students from extremely rural districts to those in large suburban districts.

The same was true of SAT scores. Rural students scored about 50 points lower than students in non-rural districts, and the gap widened when comparing extremely rural districts to large suburban areas, according to the newspaper's analysis.

The newspaper says its findings are significant for two reasons: Students who need intensive remedial help are no longer allowed to attend schools in the University System of Georgia, and the problems affecting education in rural Georgia eventually will affect the rest of the state, including metro Atlanta. It's a story worth reading.

National research has shown rural students lag behind the rest of the country in college enrollment rates, with only 27 percent of those students going to a post-secondary institution, compared with 34 percent nationally.

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DeKalb County parents say they sometimes have to wait an hour for their children's bus to arrive and to drop them off from school.

Channel 2's Craig Lucie checked out the problem and went to the district's fleet maintenance center, where more than 100 buses sit waiting for mechanics to fix them. 

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Thomas Ray - founder/author of this websiite - performed a 5-county comparative study of School Bus information made available to students, parents and community members in a rural Georgia region.  This analysis was completed on 11/13/2012. 

One school system - Morgan County Schools - just updated their School System website and have not included information relative to School Bus Transportation information available.  Morgan County is a Charter School system.

Thomas Ray has provided the School System's Superintendent with the following study.  Considering Georgia leads the Nation in School Bus Stop-related Child Deaths and Injuries @ the School Bus Stop, school systems MUST provide ready access of Pupil Transportation information to the public. 

The 5-county comparative study is below:
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The Morgan County School System's website link is below:

by Angela Kocherga / KHOU Border Bureau
Posted on November 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM
Updated Friday, Nov 23 at 3:54 PM  

Parents in the small West Texas town of Van Horn are worried drug smugglers are using school buses. Nearly 500 pounds of marijuana was found on a bus carrying Van Horn junior varsity basketball players back home from an out of town game.
“The kids were talking and they saw bags being taken off the bus,” said Tomas Mendoza whose daughter was one of the 47 players on the bus.

The Van Horn junior varsity girls and boys basket ball teams had traveled to the border town of Presidio to play games.

The bus driver found the drugs when the red and white bus emblazoned with the Van Horn Eagles name on the side stopped at a convenience store in Marfa so the players could get snacks.  He found 482 pounds of marijuana stuffed in four large black duffel bags stashed in the bottom storage area.

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November 23, 2012 - 7:18pm             
By KELLY SHIERS Staff Reporter

Hundreds of people have joined a Facebook group supporting a fired school bus driver while her union vowed
Friday to fight to have her employer reinstate her.  The decision to axe Heather Vidito, after she was caught on video swearing
while she broke up a fight between two students, was a “knee-jerk” reaction by Stock Transportation, Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union president Joan Jessome said.

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Negligence verdict reached in Boca Raton bus beating case.

November 24, 2012|By Marc Freeman, Sun Sentinel

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