After announcing it would cut free school lunches for the majority of public school students, the Department of Education revealed it would cut busing for seventh and eight graders, thanks to state budget cuts. NY1 reports, "The DOE says the state only requires that students be bused through sixth grade...a total of 70 schools and about 4,600 students will be affected," with nearly 3,000 of those students on Staten Island. One student predicted, "It's going to be mad different, probably going to be waking up early. It's not going to feel right." The kids will be eligible for free student Metrocards, which the MTA proposed to eliminate next year, so it sounds like business as usual.