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School Districts spend $48 million in taxi cab rides

Since 2006, a handful of school districts used a limited number of taxi cab services to spend $48 million in taxi cab rides. The top 5 districts spent $20 million of that $48 million. The top spending district spent $7400 per day on taxi cabs last year.

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While this is merely a quick glance across the checkbook, the early indication is that the cabs are used to transport special needs kids to schools and service providers by taxi service.

Is $48 million spent on taxi rides the best way to allocate scarce resources for educations spending? With such large contracts, was there a competitive bidding process or any attempt to find creative, less expensive, less expensive solution? How would we know without looking into every alternative, including funding parents directly to meet individual transportation needs.

Here’s how it broke down by district (2006-11):

822 school districts spent zero on taxi cab service
42 districts spent over $28 million
5 districts spent over $20 million
Click here to see a district by district annual breakdown of vendors and costs.

95% of IL school districts complied with the state mandate to educate special needs children without taxi cab transportation. It was only 5% of districts – all in property tax rich northern Illinois – that racked up $48 million in taxi charges.

Let’s get answers. We call on the districts spending millions to open the books. Post all taxi cab contracts, original requests for service, bids and all documents relating to the accounting and fulfillment of contracts.

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Thats why my property taxes are through the roof .Thanks Illinois .


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but,, its all for those poor teachers who work for 10$ a day ,,, we dont spend enough on edu...... scott walker is the devil..... the rich dont pay their fair share ....
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I think we should put more money into the education system. And more teacher raises because that will help the students learn. for the children. unions, ron paul, i win the debate.

good they did break it down. 7400 in a day. how da fawk do you accomplish that.
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