Why America Has A School Bus Driver Shortage
By : Zachary Crockett
Source : The Hustle
Last week, Jim Mayers, a high school composition teacher in Boston, wanted to take his 11th graders on a field trip.
Per the usual protocol, he tried to book one of the district’s many chartered yellow school buses.
But this time, a problem arose: There were no drivers.
To make the trip happen, the school had to hire a private party bus complete with neon lights and stripper poles.
In Mayers’ home state of Massachusetts, the school bus driver shortage has gotten so severe that the governor recently deployed ~250 National Guardsmen to drive kids to school. Officials in Ohio and South Carolina are planning to follow suit.