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Hillsborough Becomes First District to Support New Proposal to Overhaul 1973 Law Determining Which Students are Guaranteed Buses to School

August 28, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

Press Conference 3:30 p.m. TODAY

Tampa, Fla. – (August 28, 2019) – Hillsborough Schools will become the first school district to support a new proposal to overhaul Florida’s 46-year-old Hazardous Walking Conditions Law on Wednesday. The law determines which students are guaranteed bus transportation based on hazardous conditions on their way to school.

Each year local school districts are faced with frustrated families who expect safer paths for their children to get to school. Hillsborough County Public Schools agrees with parents that language in the state statute needs to be revisited and updated to today's pedestrian safety standards. The guidelines in the Florida Statute are all districts have to work with right now. That statute directs districts’ planning and funding.

Superintendent Jeff Eakins and School Board members will announce Hillsborough’s support for a new proposal—called Four Steps for Safer Students—at a press conference Wednesday, August 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the School Board Auditorium at 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

The proposal comes from the Florida Association for Pupil Transportation, which is made up of school transportation leaders from across our state. Hillsborough Schools Transportation Director Jim Beekman is currently serving as president of the FAPT.

Mr. Beekman will take part in the press conference, as will Damaris Allen, parent and president of Hillsborough County PTA/PTSA.

Student safety is our priority and we will continue to work with our lawmakers to encourage changes.

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