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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Program Evaluation Division

School District Student Transportation

January 29, 2008

We evaluated the management and oversight of student transportation in Minnesota and found that improvements are needed. We found deficiencies in the way the Department of Public Safety (DPS) manages its school bus safety responsibilities. Additionally, some school districts do not provide sufficient oversight of their school bus drivers or private student transportation carriers. We recommend the Legislature increase the qualifications required for drivers of certain vehicles, DPS improve its management of student transportation safety, and school districts follow student transportation best practices.