Saturday, June 11, 2011 11:10:00 AM
We are very concerned about all cuts threatened to public education. At the NYC level, even the 'alternative cuts' proposed by Speaker Quinn actually threaten the loss of $7.5 million or 1% of current school transportation funding. What does that mean -- won't our students with disabilities be the most vulnerable? At the state level we have discovered a proposed bill to stop providing an escort on each special education vehicle and instead limit escorts on buses to students who have this service specified on the IEP--without advising parents that they need to seek this 'privilege'. This was tried in Michigan but parents and escorts mobilized and stopped the bill.
The Quinn information was in NY Times by way of Leonie Haimsen: