Public Advocate Sues NYC Over Hot School Buses

NEW YORK -

New York City’s public advocate filed a lawsuit Wednesday over complaints by some special education students who have been transported to school on buses without air conditioning.

Letitia James’s suit was filed in state Supreme Court, where she was joined by the families of two special ed students who have suffered from hot school buses. The city’s top citizen’s advocate says that about 27,000 students who attend special education programs are ferried on school buses.

Many of the students have individualized instructions requiring the schools and buses to be air conditioned, according to Politico New York. The city also mandates that bus air conditioners be turned on when the outside temperature hits 70 degrees.

James’ lawsuit demands that existing penalties for buses without air conditioning be enforced, and that the city create a new monitoring system for bus temperatures.