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Dear JCPS,

My name is EC. I am currently a freshman attending Doss High school. I am for busing but I believe that there is a way to help ensure that students don’t have to stay on the bus for hours at a time. As a student on my beginning year of high school, I have made lots of friends and enjoy the school I am currently attending. If they were to stop busing and send students to neighborhood schools I would have to go to [a different] High School.

One way we could improve the busing of students in JCPS is to lessen the amount of bus stops the bus has to go to. By lessening the amount of bus stops the bus takes to pick up students it reduces the amount of gas the bus is using and it also prevents overcrowding. Many buses today have way too many students and this can cause accidents and bus fights to occur. So, we could lessen the amount of bus stops and two of the major problems with busing are solved.

Another way is to allow students with good grades, attendance, and etcetera to attend schools of their choice and if they do not qualify for this then they get sent to schools closer to home. This allows more students to have a choice. Many students go to certain schools because of the certain programs that school has to offer. I see no reason to take away their privilege and taking away the bus that gets them to and from the learning that they desire.

Lastly, we could offer programs that certain schools have to other schools so that some students have a reason to want to go to schools closer to home. This also gives students the chance to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports and clubs that they want to join. Doing this would encourage to go to home schools but it opens opportunities for more students to go to schools of their choice.

I understand this process is going to be a long one. Please, understand many students go to certain schools because they choose too. I believe this new system will help to better the busing system in all JCPS schools.

Sincerely,
EC

Dear JCPS,

My name is KM, a freshman at Doss High School. I am for busing because some schools are better than other schools in JCPS. My neighborhood school would be Valley High School. I would not feel comfortable or safe going to Valley High School. I would not be safe or get the education I need.

There are many reasons why busing should continue. One main reason is desegregation and equal opportunity for public education. If we stop busing, people will go to schools where they don’t get a good education, and if they want to know and learn new material, they won’t be able to. Busing helps students be able to have a good education like many other students; we can’t have a good education if we go to a school that the state picked. If you go to a decent school, you’re more likely to learn better and have more information.

Many people say busing costs a lot of money. Typically, buses do take up a lot of money for gas. But, operating costs of compulsory busing are generally less than five percent of the school’s entire budget. In 1954. Brown v. Board of Education was the case that made integration possible. Louisville, Kentucky [did] not integrate until 1971, and they started busing.

My question is: We came this far from segregation and busing, so why would we go back to not letting it happen? Why should we? We are the new generation, we are free. In Keyes, he wrote that in an era of declining student achievement is wrong to turn the attention of communities “from the paramount goal of a quality in education to a perennially divisive debate over who is to be transported where.” This is saying that we should worry that every student is getting the education they deserve.

Of course, there’s two sides to every debate. If we continues to bus, there will be more complaints. When students get bused, some experience discrimination. Parents have to send their child(ren) out far to get a good education. Busing has students on the bus for hours at a time, they hardly ever get to do after school activities because the school is too far and they don’t have a ride.

If JCPS stops busing, it’d be violating the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment states everyone is equal. If you end busing, everyone wouldn’t be equal. If busing stops, not only are you denying race, but classifying by economic wealth. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
KM

Dear JCPS,

Hi my name is CJ. I would like to talk to you about busing. I believe we should keep busing. I think this because it gives all students opportunities to go to schools in areas with more money. It also gives students opportunities to be with students unlike them.

That is good because you can communicate and talk about things that you wouldn’t even consider trying. The biggest reason why busing should stay is that it eliminates racism. We had so much racism in our past that it’s hard to believe it happened. If there is no busing it would go back to mostly white and black schools.

That could even bring back racism. One reason why people said busing shouldn’t be allowed is because it forces them to send their kids far away for good education. I disagree with this because if a kid can get a better education at another school, busing should not be an issue. I understand you guys are under pressure, but busing should stay.

I understand one issue about busing is the price of buses. There is gas to buy and a bunch of other stuff. One idea is to maybe change the design of the buses to use less gas. One example is to make it lighter because heavier vehicles use more gas.

JCPS, these are my reasons on why busing should stay. I am a student in Doss High School. I am writing this for a project, but I am also interested in the topic. I hope this letter would possibly shift your decision to keep busing.

Sincerely,
CJ

Dear JCPS,

Hello, my name is MM. I am a freshman at Doss high school. In my civics class we are learning about integration and how it affects us as a person. So we were asked if we were for or against cross busing in Louisville, Kentucky and why we [felt that way].

I am for busing because I believe that we as a students should have the right to choose the school of our choice. By choosing the school that we wanted to go to it give us a chance to learn about the future goal that we have made for our self. It also gives the students opportunities to get along with students that are from different parts of the town or community. It can also give students opportunities to learn new skills from each other and about the places that they live in or what they do fun.

My second reason is that it give all the students a chance to go to schools in areas with more money. They can also meet students that are as skilled as them so they can give each other advice, support each other to do well in school and it will push them to work harder than before because they have the support of their friend.

My third reason is that it can raises test scores because me as a student try harder when I saw other students work hard. It also makes me keep on working and it can also help eliminate racism because without the busing we will have more students that are white in one high school and there will be more black students in a different school so if you are the only one white in that school it will make you feel like you don’t belong in that school because how you look.

To change this problem I would like to give you one way to make the busing better. My plan is to add more busing in a school so the bus driver don’t have to worry about being late for the other school and the students will not be late to their class.

Sincerely,

MM

Dear JCPS,

My name is J. S., I am a student attending Doss High School. I am writing to explain my reasoning why busing in JCPS should continue. JCPS busing program is perfectly fine the way it is. Busing is a way many kids are having fun with their friends, at compound children at seeing and meeting people they like and socialize with. Even the wait on compound busing is fun for others, for example gives some of them a chance to finish work if they didn’t feel like doing work as soon as they got home.

If JCPS were to change the busing it wouldn’t encourage lots of children to attend school. Students wouldn’t want to go to school that does not help them achieve their biggest goal. A lot of parents tell their child to apply to a certain school they think would give them a better opportunity that can’t reach at their home school. Students base the school they want to attend on their grade point average, programs, activities and etc. All schools don’t have the other programs and activates that most schools have.

There are a lot of CONS that will be faced if busing stops. There wouldn’t be a lot of kids in JCPS, parents would be forced to send their child far away from home for a better education. More children would go to their neighborhood school. Families with lots of money go to private schools because they don’t like people in certain areas (sad but true). Students would have to car ride which burns more fossil fuel and not all parents have money for gas.
With busing it will gives students opportunities to go to school in areas with money. Students will have the opportunity to go to school with people who are unlike/different from them. Sending students to their applied school will raise test scores by putting them in their appropriate class. Busing provides equal opportunity in public education. Also it eliminates a lot of racism.

Busing stopping will cause a lot of history to most likely repeat itself. More schools will get over populated with children having to go to their neighborhood school. More states who stop busing will get more segregated. In neighborhoods more blacks live in a certain part than whites which would cause segregation. Students wouldn’t feel comfortable in a school mostly filled with just one race and will leave. Eventually residents in JCPS will get mad and busing would have to start again.

Sincerely,
JS

Dear JCPS,

My name is S. P. and I am currently in Mrs. Weaver’s Exploring Civics class at Doss high school. Right now in class we are going over integration, segregation, and busing. We have been doing research by reading articles and watching videos to see if we think busing is a good thing or a bad thing for the people. I think busing is a good thing and I would like you to keep busing for as long as possible.

My first reason why busing is good is if we didn’t have busing people would [have to] move to the nicer neighborhoods so their child can get the better education. A child would get a better education from a higher [income] school because what I have noticed is that kids that have parents with lots of money are more likely to behave, get good grades, and allow the teachers to teach more than a poor kid would. So my point is if you are in a higher [income] school area most of the kids are more engaged and behave than the lower [income] schools so it would be easier to learn in the nicer neighborhood schools.

My second point is Detroit and Louisville. Detroit does not do busing and Louisville does. Now the cities are almost identical racially and socially. Now Detroit who does not do busing, has a higher crime rate and there vacancy is higher than Louisville’s. So is it a coincidence, because I don’t think it is.

Another reason people think busing is bad is it keeps students from playing sports. Well I disagree with this point because my friend rides a bus for an hour and still wrestles. Every day the school gives him a TARC ticket to get home. So if they want to play sports they can.

So these are some of my reasons why I think busing is good. I hope you agree with my letter. So I ask you to keep busing for the better of the people.

S.P.

Dear JCPS,

My name is J.M., a student at Doss High School, and I am for busing. Busing started in the 1970’s to ensure that schools were not segregated. Segregation in public schools ended in 1954 due to the Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education. Busing gives students the opportunities to go to schools in areas with more money.

The more money a school has, the better education for the children. There would be better textbooks and technology. Not all schools have lots of money, but with busing it gives students a way to get to a school outside of their neighborhood. Studies show that the more textbooks and technology a school has, there is a better education for students.

If busing were to end, some children’s test scores may drop. Most neighborhood schools are not as good as schools that requires busing, educational wise. Some may argue that students are on the bus for too long. But getting a better education is more important than how long a child is on the bus.

I believe that if a student is on a bus for too long they should spend their time wisely. What I mean by that is, if they have homework, they can complete that on the bus. If they are tired, they can take their afternoon nap on the bus. If this is done on the bus, children would not have much to do when they return home from school.

If busing ends, that would basically be segregation all over again. There are certain neighborhoods that are separated by races. If everyone had to go to their Neighborhood schools, the school would consist of all one race. Busing helps prevent racism, because most schools are now mixed with different races. I hope you make the right decision and keep busing.

J.M.

Dear JCPS,

My name is A.B. and I am a freshman at Doss High school. I am writing this letter to tell you my view on busing. I think that we should keep busing, because it has many up-sides. Also there are ways we can fix the situation to improve academics.

One of the biggest problems with busing is the long rides. Many students are on the bus for about 1-2 hour a day. I know this because I am one of those students. Do I think it is a long ride? Yes but, it doesn’t mess with any of my after school activities or academics. Busing also mess with the amount of each race there is at a school, but some areas are going to be majority one race no matter what because of the neighborhoods. Stopping busing won’t fix this problem.

If we keep busing, it eliminates racism and students get a better education. The fact that students are coming from completely different areas means that they are more likely to come from completely different backgrounds. It also gives students opportunities to go to school in an area with more money than the neighborhood they live in. The purpose of busing is to desegregate schools. Desegregate means to eliminate segregation which would bring race closer. Bringing different races together is especially important in this day and age with the new president.

We need to keep busing for many reasons. One being it helps desegregate. Another is the opportunities it gives students. Also it helps improve academics. There are many cons but the pros outweigh them.

Doss High Student,
A.B.

Dear JCPS,

I’m a student at Doss High and I think that busing is a good idea for JCPS students. This is because it gives some students a chance to see what they haven’t seen or experienced before. I think that there are some things about it that kind of makes people rethink because of the long bus ride from home to school, but other than that, there are great advantages.

For schools, it would do a lot. It would raise the schools test scores like ACT and SAT tests to let parents think about sending their child to the school. Either resides or school of choice, it will be a good reflection. Busing would also balance out the race in the school because there are people coming from all parts of Louisville to go to a school. This will make it a nicer environment for all students to see other races they probably haven’t seen or been around that much before. This also makes parents think about how open that school is so there isn’t any racism going on or kids being mean to each other about their race.

Another advantage is that it gives students more of an opportunity to be in other programs that other schools might not have. Like our school has the Class Act Credit Union, there aren’t that many schools with that, so kids can learn about how to take care of money and prepare for the future. The programs are either to have something to do, or prepare for the future. Nursing programs aren’t in some schools, but if kids are being bused to other schools, they have a chance at it. The other schools that kids are being bused too might have more money and more updated things like computers, etc. This can make students want to learn a lot more if they have something that they’re used to, or new to. This might also want kids to think about college because if you’re in a nursing program, this can make kids want to go to medical school, or make up their mind about what they want to do and experience things earlier.

So, if you left the busing where it is, then the students would have a better opportunity to see the things that they have never experienced before and can benefit them for the future. This will also let them go to a school with more money and more programs that could help with their future. It would help the school by raising test scores and racism would not be around in the school, this would make it nicer and help people get along better. The students would also have more experience in computers and other things. That’s why I think busing would be successful for JCPS.

Sincerely,
M.E.

Dear JCPS,

Hey! My name is K.M. and I am a 14 year old Doss High School student. I want to talk to you about JCPS busing. I’m not for busing because nobody wants their kids on an hour bus ride. Like for example racial integration is worthy goal, and busing is an easy mean to achieving that goal. Children in higher socioeconomic areas naturally have more opportunities than children who do not. Putting children in schools that’s in their neighborhood is not a good idea, some neighborhoods is mostly blacks and others is mostly white and putting them all in one school is going to cause segregation.

Far away schools is not working for the parents is either, parents cannot be involved in school if it is too far from their home. Parents are forced to send their kids far away from home for a good education.

Busing was started in the 1970’s to ensure that schools were not all black or all white. African American’s lived in the west end, while whites lived in areas like St. Matthews or the country. The whites would have a long ride to and from school every day like an hour or 2 ride. The west end kids would go to school far from where they live to, like some might go to school far like Seneca.

Busing causes white flight where families move their children from public city schools to private and suburban institutions. They put all whites inside the same school that causes more and more fights same with African American’s it’s going to cause more and more fights.

It also gives students the opportunities to go to schools in areas with more money. On the other hand busing too costly for school districts that must purchase the buses to establish the program. Example staying after school and buses have to take you home and you live far away that is going to cost a lot of money.

Sincerely, KM