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Summer school busing gap could exclude homeless students and children with disabilities, advocates fear

06.07.2021 | Chalkbeat NY | “The [education department] claims that ‘All New York City students will have an opportunity to participate in the program,’” Rebecca Shore, the litigation director at Advocates for Children, wrote in a Friday letter to a top education department lawyer. “In practice, however, the DOE’s refusal to provide bus service to those students with disabilities or students in temporary housing who require it results in the exclusion of students.” 

Shore’s letter argues that the city’s transportation plans this summer run afoul of federal laws that require “equal access” for students with disabilities in programs that are available to all students and a state law that requires transportation for students in temporary housing if needed. Read article