Most of the parents I spoke to for my article today on cutting busing to magnet schools were opposed to the idea. But one parent believes it could be a good thing because busing sometimes encourages teens to go to a school simply because it is convenient — not because it is the best choice for them.

Sheila Herron-Fox, president of the parent teacher association at the four Kearny high schools, said walking a few miles to Kearny High can actually be less convenient for nearby families than simply boarding a bus to another school, thus incentivizing kids to leave the neighborhood. While ending the magnet buses could be inconvenient for kids who take the buses to the Kearny schools, she said, it could also mean the return of students who would otherwise take the buses to other schools.

She believes that teens from elsewhere who still want to attend the Kearny schools, which are magnets, will find another way, with or without busing.

“There are a lot of positives for Kearny High if this happens,” Herron-Fox said, adding, “I don’t see the magnet program today being what its original intention was to be. It’s an expensive program and in some ways it really hurts our school.”

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