Colorado spends $65 million on electric school buses while some towns can’t even find a single bus driver

By Matt Connelly
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According to CBS Denver, Peak to Peak Charter School in the Boulder Valley School District just launched a fleet of electric school buses paid for by a $65 million taxpayer funded program.

“The charter school in the Boulder Valley School District is taking advantage of SB 193 which allocated $65 million for electric school buses in Colorado,” CBS News reports. 

Meanwhile, out in Wiggins, Colorado there are ZERO school bus drivers and the town has canceled its school bus service for kids. 

According to Rocky Mountain Public Media, one mom of three says it’s difficult for her to get a job because she spends her days – and cash – driving her three kids to and from school:

“We live kind of far because we live out in a farm,” Talamantes explained. “You have to [drive], there’s no other option.”

Ideally, her children would take school buses, but Wiggins School District canceled their transportation service this year and the price she’s had to pay for that has been monumental.

Talamantes said it has been hard for her to get a job because she has to plan around driving her kids to and from school.

“For parents that … live far from the school and try to get a job and we can’t because there’s no transportation that will bring our kids safe from school and to school… so it’s hard,” said Talamantes.

Her husband is a farmworker at a dairy nearby. She said the money her husband earns goes to bills and gas. “We live week by week,” said Talamantes.

“I’ll pump gas but I don’t go anywhere else because gas here was almost $5 [per gallon],” she said. Talamantes and other farmworker families have tried carpooling but because Wiggins is so spread out, that has been hard.

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Matt Connelly is the founder of Campfire Colorado. Follow him on Twitter @MattConnelly.