School bus

New data suggests that ongoing school bus delays “help drive chronic absenteeism and missing learning for [New York City] students with disabilities,” reports Chalkbeat.

Some 350 school buses are delayed daily, it writes: “As of March 1, almost 63,000 school bus delays had been reported for this school year, an average of over 10,000 each month. Of these, the majority were buses for students with special needs, according to public data.”

A big reason for the delays is a shortage of drivers. The Times Union reports that New York State overall faces a 15% to 20% shortage of drivers, which causes some kids to miss out on school. School attendance in general is down nationwide.

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