Group says putting students on public buses could save jobs

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A group called "We Ride the Bus" is pressing Charlotte City Council to change the way CATS does business.

The group believes if city bus routes are changed to better accommodate students, teacher jobs could be saved.

The group plans to march to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center to tell city council members about their plans during its meeting Monday night.

The group's leader claims it's cheaper for CMS to pay CATS to transport students.  The savings could amount to about $9 million.

"If you can save several hundred teacher jobs," "We Ride The Bus" leader Michael Morgan said.  "Why not do it."

Some CMS parents have reservations about having their children ride the city bus.

"You have all kinds of perverts out here," CMS Parent Demetrius Mayfield said. "I don't think that would work."

But Morgan claims it would be safe for students to catch the city bus.

"CATS buses have eight cameras on every bus," Morgan said. "They are safer than a school bus."

CMS says it is talking to CATS about ways to possibly save money, while city leaders say they need more information before they sign on.

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