Transportation Of Special Education Students

(Providence, RI)  --  Providence Public Schools Superintendent Christopher Maher says his school district doesn't have the capacity to provide students with special education needs with alternative transportation as the school bus drivers' strike continues.  Rhode Island Legal Services, the RI Disability Law Center and the state chapter of the ACLU issued a letter earlier this week saying the district had a legal obligation to transport those students to school, citing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Services Act.  Maher responded on Wednesday by saying, "We strongly believe that we cannot, legally and ethically, choose which children with accommodations to transport and which children with accommodations to leave at home."  The groups responded back, saying they are disappointed by Maher's statement and that they are considering various options for addressing the issue.


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