(Providence, RI) -- The city of Providence is being advised that it must provide transportation to special education students during the ongoing school bus drivers' strike. Rhode Island Legal Services, the Rhode Island Disability Law Center and the state chapter of the ACLU say the district's plan to have parents seek reimbursement for alternative transportation falls short of meeting responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Another concern in a letter sent by attorneys representing the groups on Monday was addressed yesterday when it was announced that students with disabilities will continue to receive excused absences beyond the first three days of the strike. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza met with members of the union representing the bus drivers yesterday after officials called for an end to the work stoppage.
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