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School bus law in place

New Illinois law allows schools to offer kids bus rides around gang territory

Schools across the state of Illinois will now have the option to put kids on the school bus so they don't have to walk through gang territory. >>>

The law actually went into effect last November, but the Illinois State Board of Education is just now telling schools how it will work.

Under the plan, schools will work with parents and local police departments to map blocks where school kids shouldn't walk. Then, ISBE's Tim Imler says the district would figure out how to get those kids on a school bus.

Schools usually have kids who live within a mile and a half of their school walk. But this law would have the state reimburse local schools that want to bus kids through bad neighborhoods.

ISBE expects to see some schools take advantage of the new law next school year.

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