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Some Critical of Proposal for Ads on Worcester School Buses

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A proposal to allow advertisements on school buses in Worcester is drawing mixed reviews.

School Committee vice chairman John Monfredo asked the school department to explore a pilot program to place black and white ads on school buses as a way of raising money for educational programs.

School Superintendent Melinda Boone says the administration has discussed the idea with the Worcester Education Development Foundation. But she added that there were safety concerns about motorists possibly being distracted by the ads and not paying attention to children getting on or off the buses.

School Committee member Tracy O’Connell Novick said she was bothered by the idea that school transportation could become a “commercial enterprise.”

The Telegram and Gazette reports that the proposal was referred to a subcommittee during Thursday’s meeting.


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