Special Ed Kids Miss The Bus
While the biggest back-to-school problems seem to be in Prince George's County this year, the District hasn't been glitch free. For the last week, about 100 special education students have not been picked up by their buses because of issues with a new computerized routing system.
Parents who have spoken to the District's call center said they have been told that under the new set up, any change to a child's "transportation information," like a phone number, for instance, results in that name being deleted from the bus route.
David Gilmore, the court-appointed transportation director, said his office is "getting the problem worked out" and that the issue should be resolved in the next couple of days.
The District, which is under the supervision of a federal judge because of its historically poor service to special needs children--service that officials say is improving--spends $77 million a year transporting about 4,000 of them to schools throughout the region, some of them private institutions as far as 75 miles from the city.
Gilmore said Tuesday that every new school year brings "significant issues" related to the complexity of conveying the children to as many 200 different schools.
September 1, 2009; 5:00 PM ET
Categories: Bill Turque , Education
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