NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It looks like the city’s Department of Education is going to miss the bus on a crucial deadline.
A new law CBS2 first told you about in January requires the city to install GPS devices on every school bus. But we’re less than a month away from the first day of school and parents say they’re still in the dark about bus safety, Lisa Rozner reported on Monday.
Workers are prepping P.S. 77 on Third Avenue for the first day of school, but what isn’t getting an upgrade are the city’s school buses.
Back in January, legislation was passed that mandated the city equip its nearly 10,000 buses with GPS tracking for the 2019-20 school year, so parents can monitor their children’s whereabouts.
“I just can’t see another school year go by where parents don’t know where their kids are,” City Councilman Ben Kallos said.
Kallos first introduced the law back in 2014. It finally advanced this year after the freak November snowstorm that paralyzed city streets and had children sitting on school buses without food, water or a bathroom for hours on end.
Back then, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “I never want to see public school parents have to go through what they went through last night.”
So this spring, nine different vendors submitted proposals to the city to develop a bus tracking app for parents. In May, Kallos asked Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza if the city would meet this year’s deadline.
He said, “We’re not going to be late with our homework. We’re going to get it right.”