NYC Education Dept. fires top exec in charge of city’s beleaguered school bus operations

A top city executive in charge of handling the Education Dept.’s troubled and scandal-scarred busing system for public school students got the boot Friday, the Daily News has learned  Alexandra Robinson, the executive director of the Office of Pupil Transportation, was let go by chief transportation adviser Kevin Moran, sources told The News Advertisement  DOE officials confirmed her termination.  Robinson handled the city’s sprawling yellow school bus system and was named in a scathing city investigation in September of the troubled transportation office Investigators recommended the city Education Department fire Robinson, who’s headed the transportation office since 2011  The investigation largely pinned ongoing problems with a school bus GPS contract, and a failure to collect Medicaid reimbursement for transporting special education students on Robinson’s “consistent, willful mismanagement” of the project  But DOE never submitted claims for Medicaid reimbursement — a responsibility that fell outside of Robinson’s job description, according to sources with knowledge of the situation Several sources suggested Robinson is being scapegoated for high-level failures to hold the city’s many private school bus vendors accountable for multiple missteps going back years Education Department officials also questioned Robinson’s frequent trips to California, where she previously lived and her daughter used to reside, sources said The DOE objected the travel even though the trips were on the weekend and were for family visits, the sources said  Investigators further alleged Robinson forced department officials to give her rides to the airport — a claim Robinson disputed, sources said  “After careful consideration and a thorough review of the Special Commissioner’s findings, the Chancellor has terminated Alexandra Robinson effective immediately We will begin a search to fill the position, and will continue to focus on safely and efficiently busing approximately 150,000 students every day,” Education Department spokesman Will Mantell said

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