|Jason Lewis/Village Voice|
|Jackie Ceonzo and other upset parents give testimony at yesterday's hearing.|
By the time parents got their turn to testify at yesterday's City Council hearing on the city's problematic school bus service, lead officials from the Department of Education, such as Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm, were long gone.
"I'm just so disappointed that the [DOE] and the [Office of Pupil Transportation], officials couldn't see fit to stay and listen to the family testimony because I really feel like they need to hear what some of the parents need to say," said one mother of a six-year-old autistic son.
After nearly three hours of listening to officials mull over the issues facing the DOE's school-busing system, the parents, who actually have to deal with the mess on a regular basis, finally got an opportunity to voice the distress that the flawed system has caused them and their special-needs children.
Some of the problems parents have with the city's busing services include chronic lateness, overcrowding, long ride times, frequent route changes and staff transfers, and under-trained bus drivers and bus matrons.More »