Department Of Education May Miss Deadline To Install GPS Trackers On School Buses


IT LOOKS LIKE THE CITY’S DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION IS GOING TO MIZ A CRUCIAL DEADLINE. A NEW LAW REQUIRES THE CITY TO INSTALL GPS DEVICES ON EVERY SCHOOL BUS. WE ARE LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY FROM THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS AND PARENTS SAY THEY ARE STILL IN THE DARK ABOUT SCHOOL BUS SAFETY. Reporter: WHAT IS NOT GETTING AN UP GRADE, NEW YORK CITY SCHOOL BUSES. IN JANUARY, LEGISLATION WAS PASSED THAT MANDATED THE CITY EQUIP THE BUSES WITH GPS TRACKING FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR SO PARENTS CAN MONITOR THEIR CHILDREN’S WHEREABOUTS. I CAN’T SEE ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR GO BY WHERE PARENTS DON’T KNOW WHERE THEIR KIDS ARE SGLFRMTHS COUNCILMAN BEN KALEOES FIRST INTRODUCED THE LAW IN 2014. IT FINALLY ADVANCED THIS YEAR AFTER A FREAK NOVEMBER SNOW STORM THAT PARALYZED CITY STREETS AND HAD CHILDREN ON SCHOOL BUSES WITHOUT FOOD, WATER, OR A BATHROOM FOR HOURS. BACK THEN THE MAYOR SAID I NEVER WANT TO SEE PARENTS GO THROUGH WHAT THEY WENT THROUGH TONIGHT. Reporter: SO THEY DEVELOPED A BUS TRACKING APP. IN MAY, KALEOES ASKED THE COUNSELORS IF THEY WOULD MEET THE DEADLINE. WE WILL GET IT RIGHT. Reporter: THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DECLINED TO SPEAK WITH US ON CAMERA BUT BY EMAIL SAID IT WAS A PRIORITY TO INSTALL THE SYSTEMS ON THE BUSES AND THEY ARE FINALIZING THE CONTRACT. IT IS OUTRAGEOUS. AS THE PARENT OF A CHILD WHO HAS TROUBLE SPEAKING, IT IS HEARTBREAKING TO PUT HER ON THE BUS AND NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHERE SHE IS. THEY EXPECT ALL OF THE CITIZENS OF NEW YORK HAVE TO FOLLOW THE LOCAL LAWS OF NEW YORK CITY BUT SOME HOW THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DIDN’T. THE COUNCILMAN SAYS THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ASKED TO MEET WITH HIM. TIME IS RUNNING OUT BUT HE IS

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