Almost 21,000 students ride bus too long in West Virginia

By Scott Finn

West Virginia’s rural nature and windy roads make for some of the longest school bus rides in the nation. Children in the state’s most isolated areas ride the bus for two or three hours every day.

State officials say they’re reducing the number of students with long bus rides. But the leader of the rural education group Challenge West Virginia is skeptical. She is pushing for a law to stop the consolidation of elementary schools, if it means children ride the bus for longer than state guidelines allow. Both sides made their case Monday to state lawmakers in Charleston.

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