Rise & Shine: Students with special needs experience growing number of bus delays

Good morning!

We teamed up with THE CITY to bring you a story about how New York City's busing system is experiencing growing delays and problems, putting a burden on students in special education programs who rely on transportation services. Parents will be able to share their stories and concerns at a hearing today.

Plus, while much attention has been paid to racial segregation at specialized high schools, the coveted programs also enroll starkly few students with disabilities. The mother of a son with special needs describes why Brooklyn Tech was not an option for her family.

We also have a Q and A with Robert Pondiscio, who spent a year embedded in Success Academy.

— Christina Veiga, reporter

BUS WOES Busing delays are up, and students with disabilities often bear the brunt of transportation issues. Parents can air their frustration with the system today at a hearing. Chalkbeat and THE CITY

FIRST PERSON The mother of a son with special needs said her child was thrilled to be admitted to Brooklyn Tech, one of the city’s coveted specialized high schools — only to learn the school couldn’t accommodate his disability. Coupled with concerns about being one of few Hispanic students there, the family opted for a different school. Chalkbeat

MEASURING SUCCESS In a Q and A, Robert Pondiscio discusses his new book about Success Academy, which has given ammunition to both sides in the fight over charter schools versus traditional public schools. Chalkbeat

BURN VICTIM A student at Excellence Charter School in Brooklyn burned herself using a lighter in a school bathroom. Wall Street Journal

SPEAKING UP Employees who worked with a white education department executive who is suing the city for discrimination say she used a racial slur and was resistant to anti-bias training. New York Daily News

GET ONLINE The education department says that all schools now have high-speed internet. New York Daily News

PRO CHARTER A parent recounts how a KIPP charter school helped her daughter after she struggled to learn how to read. New York Post