Thousands moreCalifornia students will have to find their own way to school this fall, as districts slash bus routes to cope with budget shortfalls and high fuel costs. Critics worry that the cuts will increase traffic around schools, shift costs to parents already struggling with rising gas prices and prompt more absenteeism, hurting students' academic achievement. But paramount is the fear that the reductions will endanger students as more walk or drive to school. Unlike most other states, California does not require districts to provide home-to-school transportation except in limited circumstances. To read The Los Angeles Times article, click here.