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Women Suing School For Charging Kids To Ride Bus

Last updated on Thursday, November 3, 2011

(INDIANAPOLIS) (AP) - An Indianapolis woman is suing a suburban school district that has stopped running school buses.

Lora Hoagland filed the lawsuit against the Franklin Township schools this week in a Marion County court.

The district this summer sold its buses 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.

The lawsuit first reported by WRTV argues that the cooperative is an agent of the school district and that Indiana's constitution makes it illegal to charge for bus transportation. The attorney general's office is currently reviewing the setup.

Superintendent Walter Bourke says the school district believes it's on "solid legal ground."

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