Some wonder if Hoover bus decision is aimed at driving out undesirable students

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) – The controversial decision by Hoover City Schools to discontinue bus service for regular education students in 2014 has some people wondering if the decision was impacted by racial bias.

Since the beginning of the decision, some people have thought it was a way to force some students out.

“This is just my opinion, but I think this is a way to weed out the undesirable students,” said Michael Lewis, a parent who has a child in the school system.

According to a graph of likely bus riders sent out by the school system, 53 percent of the likely riders are white, 31 percent are African-American, 7 percent are Asian and 10 percent are considered as other ethnicities. There were no statistics for Hispanic students on the graph, but the statistics were based on federal census guidelines and were tabulated accordingly.

Jason Gaston, who is the Public Information Officer for the Hoover City Schools, says the decision has always been about the system’s financial situation.

Still, many parents in the district say they hope that is the truth.

“It possibly could be other motives, but I just personally believe it’s about money and politics,” Hoover parent Ashley Buie said.

The cutting of bus service is set to save the school system about $2.5 million a year.

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