NEW YORK (Jun. 19)
A bill to provide school bus transportation for yeshiva and other non-public school students in New York City on days when public schools are closed was approved yesterday by the New York State Assembly Education Committee. An identical measure was approved by the State Senate earlier this month.
Shmuel Prager, general counsel for the Agudath Israel Commission on Legislation and Civic Action, said today the measure was drafted by attorneys for the commission and the New York State Catholic Conference.
Prager noted that the Assembly committee approval was a “major action” toward the enactment of the measure into law. The Legislature does not have a conference committee to iron out differences in versions passed by its two chambers. Senate and Assembly versions must be identical. Approval by the full Assembly and by Gov. Mario Cuomo would make the measure law.
Praeger said the New York City Board of Education does not have private school bus transpiration for non-public school students on days public schools are not in session. He said that policy “creates much confusion and anxiety for students, parents and school staff because alternate and often costly transportation plans must be arranged.”