New legislation has been passed allowing the City of New York to restore the yellow school bus service to 7th and 8th grade school children. The New York City Department of Education typically provides school bus service only to students through the sixth grade, and New York State has taken on the responsibility for providing transportation after 5pm for children attending private and parochial schools in grades kindergarten through six. The new amendment will extend transportation services to 7thand 8thgraders, and ensure that children are delivered as close as possible to their homes.
“The new transportation amendment is a colossal accomplishment in terms of education, safety and financial relief,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind. “It never made sense to penalize yeshivas and children because they wanted more education.” Agudath Israel of America was credited with leading the charge to have this legislation passed in Albany, along with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Members Mike Simanowitz, Phillip Goldfeder, Steven Cymbrowitz and Catherine Nolan, State Senator Martin Golden, and many other members of the State legislature. Commenting on the amendment, Senator Golden said, “We must provide nothing less than a safe means for students to travel home who stay at school late for classes and extracurricular activities.”