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File #: Int 1148-2018    Version: * Name: Requiring the DOE to report on pupil transportation policies and procedures.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Education
On agenda: 10/17/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of education to report on pupil transportation policies and procedures
Sponsors: Ben Kallos, Carlina Rivera
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Education (DOE) to report annually on how yellow bus routes are determined, goals for time limits for yellow bus routes, recommendations for how to promote diversity with yellow bus services, and the number of buses and staff needed to meet those goals and recommendations. This bill would also require DOE to make bus routes public at least one month before school starts, as well as whether trial runs for the routes have been completed, and any process by which parents or DOE staff may appeal a bus route.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1148, 2. Int. No. 1148, 3. Committee Report 10/16/18, 4. Hearing Testimony 10/16/18, 5. Hearing Transcript 10/16/18, 6. October 17, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files

Int. No. 1148

 

By Council Members Kallos and Rivera

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of education to report on pupil transportation policies and procedures

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Title 21-A of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new chapter 25 to read as follows:

Chapter 25. Reporting on Pupil Transportation Policies

§ 21-992 a. No later than July 1, 2019, and annually thereafter by July 1, the department shall submit to the speaker of the council, and post on its website, a report regarding pupil transportation policies, including the following information:

1. The criteria used to determine yellow bus routes, including, but not limited to any specific criteria considered for different types of routes and any relevant algorithms;

 2. The department’s goals for the time it should take to complete a yellow bus route, including specific goals for special education routes, elementary school general education routes, and all other types of routes;

3. Recommendations for how the department’s pupil transportation services can better serve students to expand academic opportunity, including best practices for promoting diversity across the city school district of the city of New York; and

4. The number of vehicles, bus operators, and bus attendants necessary to meet the goals and recommendations provided pursuant to paragraphs 2 and 3 of this subdivision.

b. No later than 30 days before the start of the school year, the department shall make available to parents, caretakers, and relevant department personnel:

1. Yellow bus routes for the upcoming school year, including estimated travel times;

2. Whether the bus operator has completed trial runs of the route, disaggregated by contracting company, number of trial runs completed, and time of day such trial run was completed; and

3. Any process by which parents, caretakers, and relevant department personnel can provide feedback on or appeal a yellow bus route.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

 

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LS # 8390

10/4/18