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Charlotte Amalie
Tuesday, July 16, 2024


With rumors circulating that Senators may move Friday to override his veto of legislation that would block the Education Department from charging fees for services, Gov. Charles W. Turnbull said "there would be dire consequences."
The legislation was developed in response Education Commissioner Ruby Simmonds' announcement that fees would be charged for school busing in the upcoming school year.
After Simmonds announced the fees in May Sen. Alicia "Chucky" Hansen threatened to sue the government to stop the charging of fees. Hansen is expected to lead the charge during Friday's Legislative session to override the governor's veto.
According to Turnbull, his legal council said the proposed bill would "eliminate the ability to charge for materials that are necessary for the growth and development of our students such as books, computer discs, headphones, school field trips and insurance coverage."
"Should the Senate choose to override this veto, it would become illegal for the Department of Education to collect these fees," Turnbull said adding that Education doesn't have the funds to keep operating the busses without help from parents.

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