New policy gets busing for children of disabled parents

A Bridgeport mother who suffers from cerebral palsy put her two young sons on the school bus for the first time today. City officials say that after seeing a story previously reported on News 12 Connecticut,

News 12 Staff

Oct 10, 2014, 1:34 AM

Updated 3,546 days ago

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A Bridgeport mother who suffers from cerebral palsy put her two young sons on the school bus for the first time today.
City officials say that after seeing a story previously reported on News 12 Connecticut, they decided to change their policy to allow disabled parents to get busing for their children regardless of how close they live to the school.
Thanks to the policy change, Special Turnage, who lives in an apartment complex in Bridgeport, only has to walk a few feet from her front door to get her kids to the bus stop.
Turnage used to have to get up at 4 a.m. to walk her children to the school, which is only a few blocks from their home. She says she was originally turned down when she asked for busing because though she is disabled, her children are not and she lives within 1 mile of their school.
Now dozens of disabled parents like Turnage have been allowed to apply for a waiver to receive busing.
City officials say the new policy change will put a big financial burden on the school district, but they hope to get extra federal funding to make up the difference.


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