A battle is brewing in the city of Dallas over school crossing guards. It comes after the Dallas County Schools bus agency said it doesn’t have the money to continue paying for crossing guards past Jan. 31.
That means the city might have to take over the program and pay for it. City council members grilled city staff on Wednesday about the matter.
Who’s in charge
Running the school crossing guard program in Dallas costs a lot of money: about $2.5 million through this school year. Next school year it will cost more than $5 million.
The city hadn’t budgeted for this. Now city leaders have a lot of questions. They aren’t sure they’re ready to take over the program.