New York, NY –
Facing a panel of angry council members, city officials continued to defend their decision to cut school bus routes. Councilman Robert Jackson, chairman of the education committee, demanded that the city restore the routes, but Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott did not bend.
WALCOTT: We will not go back to a system that was wasting taxpayer dollars and taking money away from classrooms.
REPORTER: Walcott says the city was spending millions of dollars more on busing than necessary, because it was offering routes for 94,000 students when only 72,000 needed the service. But he and top education officials agreed with council members that they could have done a better job communicating the changes to parents. Another council hearing on the bus route changes is scheduled for 5:00 PM, when parents are expected to air their grievances.