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Arlington parents decry school busing cuts

Saturday - 9/1/2012, 8:01pm  ET

ARLINGTON, Va. - Hundreds of Arlington County parents are appealing a new policy that will likely force more than 1,000 children who used to take the bus to school to walk instead this year.

The Washington Post reports Arlington schools plan to strictly enforce a walking zone for students. That means elementary students living within a mile of school and secondary students within 1.5 miles of school aren't eligible for busing.

When the school system spelled out plans in August, many parents were angry, and 200 filed appeals. Donna Owens, the mother of a sixth grader, says children will have to cross busy roads to get to school.

School officials say they're addressing growing enrollment. Superintendent Patrick Murphy says the bus system was reaching a crisis as enrollment rises by 1,000 students.

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