Ind. District that Ended Bus Routes Faces Lawsuit

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

An Indianapolis woman who is suing a suburban school district that stopped running free school buses could be joined by thousands of other parents, her attorney said.

Lora Hoagland filed the lawsuit against the Franklin Township schools Tuesday in a Marion County court. Her attorney said he plans to seek class-action status for the suit, which could then be on behalf of about 8,000 families in the school district.

The district sold its buses this summer to an education cooperative that now provides transportation. Hoagland is disabled, but like thousands of other parents she drives her two sons to and from school because she can't afford the nearly $50-per-child monthly fee.

Hoagland, 38, at first wanted the district to place her two sons, ages 10 and 13, on a special needs bus because they both have serious medical conditions, she said. But after that fight went nowhere, she said she decided to expand her effort "so that everybody gets the buses back. It's not just me, it's everybody."

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