Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

June 18, 2012

Iowa mother fighting Des Moines school district busing policy

Associated Press

DES MOINES — An Iowa mother is fighting the Des Moines school district over a policy she says would force her 11-year-old daughter to walk nearly 2 miles to school, across an interstate and along busy streets without shoulders or sidewalks.

Jessica Bilotta told The Des Moines Register she's worried for her daughter's safety. She says administrators denied her request to drop her daughter off before her job starts at 7 a.m. and pick her up after she finishes work at 4 p.m.

Bilotta, a single parent, lives 1.7 miles from her daughter's middle school.

Elementary and middle-school students can ride public school buses for free only if they live two or more miles from their school. High school student must live at least three miles away.