That's where a whole bunch of MGL Ch. 71 comes in.
the "district shall be obliged to provide transportation for all school children in grades kindergarten through twelve...
It means "if we have/set aside the money to pay for it."
And the state has not "to the full extent."
The districts remain bound by the first part, of course.
I'm going to stick with non-vo-techs, because some of the vo-techs feel like cheating.
Wachusett Regional is the largest regional by enrollment in the state, with 7100 students.
That makes its student population about the same as Chelsea's, with 7038 students.
The Wachusett Regional School District is 155 square miles.
About the same number of kids coming over VASTLY different areas.
Wachusett spent $4.7M.
Same number of kids. Almost twice as much on buses.
That's about the same as Norwell, which had 2151 kids in FY17.
Norwell is 21 square miles.
That's about the same as Quabbin Regional's smallest town in land mass, New Braintree, all by itself.
And Quabbin spent $1.5M.
For about the same number of kids.
Wrentham had just under 1000 students in FY17, with 966 enrolled.
So did Mohawk Regional, with 938 enrolled.
Mohawk Regional is 253 square miles.
...talk about comparing apples and oranges...
Mohawk Regional spent $1.09M.
...and districts don't even have options.
That means the kids in Oakham and Rowe as much as it does the kids in Chelsea and Worcester as much as it does the kids in Weston and Wellesley.