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Bus trouble for hearing impaired students

October 18, 2012 2:26:55 PM PDT
For parents of the American Sign Language Lower School, getting their kids to and from school is very complicated.

Hearing impaired children are entitled to school busing. But the school also educates general education students, who are not deaf. Many of the parents are hearing impaired, sharing their thoughts to us through an interpreter.

One parent says it is frustrating to wait for bus service to be provided.

It is the only public school of its kind in the city. Families with more than one child, mixed between hearing impaired not hearing impaired, suffer the most.

Another parent says how tiring it is for her getting the kids to and from school.

Parents are asking for an exception from the rules, but so far the D.O.E. says, "rules are rules".

In a statement the Department of Education said: "The DOE has eligibility requirements for busing. General education students are eligible to receive busing based on their grade level and the distance they live from their school."

Khalid Pierre-Lewis, says having school bus service would make life easier for his mom.

Parents say there is plenty of room on the school buses. One hearing impaired mom has two kids in the school, while she attends college and says it's difficult going back and forth to her own classes in the Bronx.

Parents says they do not plan on giving up their efforts to get school bus privileges.

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