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Huge Victory for Youth Bus Passes

City Heights’ youth who fought hard to keep their free bus passes won a huge victory this week. At the San Diego Unified School District board meeting on July 28, Mid-City CAN’s Youth Opportunity Bus Program was officially included in the district’s budget for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.

The board voted to, “Support Mid-City CAN's continued advocacy in state and local level policy changes that call for making public transit available at no cost for youth.”

Kyla Archeta, recent Crawford graduate, speaks before SDUSD board in June
 
The school board approved the continuation of bus passes to students who received them during the previous school year at the four schools participating in the program: Lincoln, Hoover, Crawford and San Diego High Schools.
 
Tuesday’s decision calls for an amendment in the school district’s existing agreement with Metropolitan Transit System in order to purchase passes for students October 2015 through June 2016.
 
The board will once again need to approve these recommendations in fall of 2015. Members will vote to authorize SDUSD to participate in a study on transit equity, which will be conducted by Strategic Community Consulting, UCSD School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, endorsed by The California Endowment. The data from attendance and measured achievement will be provided by SDUSD, in order to measure the success of the bus passes on the lives of the youth involved.
 
“I honestly don’t know what I’d do without a bus pass. It helped me get home late after club sports, which I couldn’t be a part of if I didn’t have a way to get around.” Armando Estrada, Junior at Crawford High School.

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