DALLAS (AP) — Voters have decided to close a government school bus agency in Dallas that’s been beset by deep financial troubles and questionable business dealings.
A majority of voters Tuesday opted to have Dallas County Schools cease operations.
The agency is responsible for the transportation of approximately 75,000 students in North Texas, but DCS will continue bus services for the rest of the academic year before school districts turn to other options.
State Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, has called the agency “corrupt” and promoted the legislation that led to Tuesday’s ballot question. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the legislation in June.
DCS had a $42 million budget deficit early this year, amid questions over the ethical conduct of administrators and a school bus camera venture that put DCS on the brink of collapse.