Daily Talker: Cutting School Bus Rides For 7th, 8th Graders

Seventh and eighth graders in Boston could soon find themselves having to take the T instead of a school bus to campus.

Under Interim Superintendent John McDonough’s proposed $973 million budget for the next school year, 120 central office positions would be cut, as well as bus service for many middle school students. Instead, seventh and eighth graders who would have been bused will get MBTA passes.

$107 million had to be cut in order to balance the 2014-2015 budget. McDonough’s proposal still needs approval from the School Committee.

We want to know: are seventh and eighth grade students old enough to ride the T on their own, or are they too young? Would you allow your 13- or 14-year-old to use the bus or subway alone? Share your comments below, and watch for them on WBZ News in the Morning from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m.

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