Most states aren't doing enough to protect children from the diesel exhaust many of them inhale while riding or waiting for school buses, an environmental advocacy group said in a report Wednesday.
No state received an A grade in the Union of Concerned Scientists' National School Bus Report Card, although it noted that many are working to cut school bus emissions, which can contribute to asthma and other respiratory ailments.
"School buses can be a major source of pollution exposure for children," said Patricia Monahan, an analyst for the group.
If you've every actually been near a school bus, this is not news to you.
Several states are using alternative-fuel buses, replacing older buses with cleaner-burning models or retrofitting buses with devices that trap emissions. A considerably more low-tech method also can reduce children's exposure to bus pollution, especially as they wait in the parking lot for a ride home.
How about walking? Bus pollution goes way down that way.
Seriously though, if schools have enough money to spend on "alternative-fuel buses," then perhaps all this talk of "underfunded schools" is not quite what it seems.