Most school bus drivers in the New Jersey town of Lakewood could get Thanksgiving afternoon off, after all. About 18,000 students in the community attend Jewish Orthodox schools that are open on Thanksgiving. They’re transported there by bus companies contracted by the public school system.

When word came recently that bus services would be needed on Thanksgiving, some of the transportation companies said they would not do it.

But school board lawyer Michael Inzelbuch now says a compromise is emerging. He says all the bus companies are now willing to work at least for their morning routes.

And a growing number of the nearly 70 Orthodox schools now say they can do without busing, at least in the afternoon.

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