INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A judge has ruled that Franklin Township did not violate the state constitution by instituting a fee for busing, ending a lawsuit by parents over the fee.
Marion County Superior Court judge Theodore Sosin said the school had no constitutional duty to provide transportation during the 2011-12, and therefore the fees were not a breach of such duty, the school system said in a news release Thursday.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller had issued a nonbinding opinion that the fee did indeed breach the state constitution and law. That opinion came after two state lawmakers asked him to research the matter that caused a public outcry.
In August 2011, Franklin Township Community School Corp. contracted out transportation to deal with a budget shortfall. Families were then charged about $50 a month per child riding the bus. Two parents sued over the fees .
A change in state law has since made such fees illegal , but also allowed schools to restructure their debt, giving them more flexibility to deal with budget issues like those that prompted Franklin Township schools' decision in the first place.
The Boone County Sheriff's Office asked that drivers use caution Wednesday morning as black ice was reported on some bridges in the county.
An investigation is underway into an early morning crash in Vigo County.
Three fires sent three different families out into the cold overnight.