ATLANTA -- A private company has stepped in to help an Atlanta mother get her children to school.
As 11Alive reported last week, Daffanie Todd is suing Atlanta Public Schools for refusing to provide transportation for her children. Todd is legally blind, and said her children are too young to walk alone. But the family lives within Continental Colony Elementary School's "walk zone" of 1.5 mile distance from the school. That means students in the zone are not provided transportation unless they have a disability that would hinder them from walking.
After the story aired, Five Star Express Transit of Conyers offered free rides for the children, who have already missed more than nine weeks of school.
APS issued a statement on Friday saying:
“We are very grateful to Five Star Express Transit for supporting Ms. Todd and family. We look forward to continuing to work with Ms. Todd to ensure that her children receive a high quality education.”
Todd's lawyers say the lawsuit is continuing at this time and they are in settlement negotiations with the school district.