If a kid is lucky enough to afford a car, they can afford to take responsibility for parking it. In very gross terms, if 1,000 students park on our high-school campuses each year, and if the charge is $200/year for a student parking permit, the city has $200,000 to help offset the cost of the Crossing Guard program. Even if parking enforcement takes half of that gross income, the parking permit program still sends a message to the community that we are a city that acts to support alternative transportation rather than just talking about it.
Driving is a privilege not a right. In tight budget times, when you are choosing between funding critical services like libraries and child safety programs such as the Crossing Guards, it makes sense to put free student parking on the chopping block. Let's put our money where our mouth is in terms of supporting walkable neighborhoods instead of losing money by supporting more driving for teens.