Indiana Supreme Court to hear bus-outsourcing case

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court is preparing to hear oral arguments in the case of an Indianapolis school district whose decision to outsource bus transportation was ruled unconstitutional.

The justices are scheduled to hear arguments Monday in the class-action lawsuit filed by parents against Franklin Township Community School Corp.

The district outsourced transportation in 2011-2012 to a private company that charged parents fees. The state Court of Appeals ruled earlier this year that the move was unconstitutional and that state law required districts to provide free bus service.

Schools Superintendent Flora Reichanadter argues that if that’s the case, Indiana should be required to fully fund transportation.

She tells The Indianapolis Star she hopes the case will press the Legislature to offer relief to school districts strapped by property tax caps.

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