Lora Hoagland filed the lawsuit three years ago when the district started charging transportation fees. Her boys are homeschooled now, but she is still passionate about the issue and she was thrilled with the court's decision.
"There are a lot of families that can't afford to pay for busing. They need to have the same opportunities as the more well-to-do class of children. It's just a win. It is unconstitutional. The constitution states that everyone has a right to a free public education. And to have that right, you have to be able to get to school. So it is a great win," Hoagland said.
The Indiana Attorney General's office also sounded off on the decision.
"The private lawyer representing the school district was incorrect and the consequences have been costly to the public," Greg Zoeller said.
Zoeller issued a legal opinion in 2011 that said school districts could not charge bus fees, even if it was through a third party.
Zoeller credits the legislature for making it clear that schools can't charge bus fees in the future. He said his opinions are meant to avoid unnecessary litigation.