WOW!! One thing you really take for granted in the USA is the ability to take the school bus!! I HATED the school bus when I was younger because I was the first one on! It stopped at my house at 7AM and arrived at school at 8AM. When I was 16 and had my drivers license I was soooooo embarrassed when my parents made me ride the bus!!! They would do it as punishment.. I would tell my parents ” EVERYONE MY AGE DRIVES!!!”
Here in Serbia …. I just moved into a house with a Hungarian and a Serbian kid… They are 18 and in their final year of high school. They are both from a villages that are over 80 KM from Zrenjanin. In Serbia … people that live in small villages go to primary and secondary school in their village but are forced to travel to the closest LARGE city for their four years of high school…. One of my roomies family lives in a village that is 80km from here. They are forced to pay for a bus ticket each month. His family is unemployed and rely their grandparents for money assistance.. They are forced to pay $100 dollars a month for bus pass or pay for an apartment for him in Zrenjanin. It is cheaper to have him live in Zrenjanin at $65 a month than travel back and forth to his village everyday!
That doesn’t sound a like a lot of money but imagine your family lives on $300 a month???!!!! That is over 1/3 of your family income!!!
My opinion is the school system in Serbia is flawed!! They force many struggling families to pay transportation costs or housing for their kids because they provide no high schools in their villages. In the USA they provide a school bus to children in the district! It is “free” and usually on time!