Turn To Tara: New legal action taken after Clarkstown bus blunder

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New legal action is being taken in the wake of a Turn to Tara story involving the family of a terminally ill firefighter.

A recent News 12 investigation revealed a major bus blunder in the Clarkstown Central School District involving the family of terminally ill firefighter Alan Handsman.

A few days before school started this year, the district reneged on a promise it made in March that Handsman’s daughter would be provided busing to North High School, leaving her to walk home more than a mile through dangerous roads.

Well-known financial attorney Julie Globus decided to take the case on pro bono, arguing that it was was wrong to deny the Handsmans busing on the grounds they live too close to the school.

 “There are kids who are in her same situation who are getting bused to North,” says Globus.

The outcome of the legal battle is also expected to impact as many as 145 other families who live in the same unzoned area known as the triangle, which allows for students to pick between Clarkstown’s two high schools.

Clarkstown has denied any wrongdoing, and Globus has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court and the state Board of Education

News 12 has been told that the district has two weeks to respond to the appeal filed with the state Board of Education, and that the transportation director who initially approved the Handsmans’ busing is stepping down.

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