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Relieved APS parents learn new bus routes

9:00 AM, Aug 20, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- After more than a week of protests and phone calls, parents of Atlanta Public Schools students learned their battle has paid off.

Earlier this week, APS announced it would add 850 additional bus stops to current routes, many of those in the southwestern part of the city.

Friday, the district sent e-mails and placed robocalls to inform parents of the new routes. At some schools, parents received letters from the principal.

Gideon Elementary was one of those schools. Algenon Kendrick and her two children live in the Pittsburgh community. Last year, her now second and third grader rode the bus to school. This year, the stop was removed.

Kendrick learned Friday the stop at the end of her block had been restored.

"Every parent that was in the school, we were very happy. You could see the faces [after receiving the letters]," she said.

"Sometimes, you feel like no one listens to you. So by us getting the buses, it feels good. It feels like we have been heard."

Parents can check the Atlanta Public Schools website for updated routes. A district spokesman says all changes should be implemented by the end of next week.

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