The District’s transportation service for 3,500 special education students is in disarray, plagued by managerial incompetence that has left some buses without proper maintenance, including annual brake inspections, the court-appointed master overseeing the system said in a new report.

David Gilmore said the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), the agency responsible for the service, jeopardized the safety of students during the 2010-11 school year by “knowingly” transporting them in improperly maintained or inspected buses. Continued problems with the aging 827-bus fleet, he said, will likely cause “substantial operational problems” with the beginning of the new school year next Monday. Read more

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