Frank W. Cyr and School Transportation

| April 16, 2013

Frank W. Cyr, a rural education specialist and TC professor, best known as the Father of the Yellow School Bus, was active in addressing school transportation issues as they affected cost to school districts and students’ access to educational opportunities.

Frank W. Cyr in his later years posing with a yellow school bus

Frank W. Cyr in his later years posing with a yellow school bus

In Who Should Be Responsible for Pupil Transportation? Cyr argues that large local administrations or the state should administer school transportation to make it cheaper, safer, and more efficient. He stresses that safe and economical transportation provides more equality of educational opportunity for students.

Teachers College community members can check out Frank W. Cyr’s digital collectionincluding a quick rundown of Cyr’s life and career, on PocketKnowledge, TC’s digital archive. Cyr was also the author of A Policy for Rural Education in the United States (1940), The Small School in Wartime (1942), and Rural Education in the United States (1943), which was translated into both Spanish and Portuguese. He was the coauthor of The Small High School at Work (1936), An Introduction to Modern Education (1936) and Planning the Rural School Building (1949).

Also, please do yourself a favor and watch the reenactment of the famous conference that determined the color of our now ubiquitous school buses. This video was created by the EdLab in honor of the 125th Anniversary of Teachers College.

Still from TC reenactment

Still from TC reenactment