Stringer rips DOE over 5-year-old’s school bus ride from hell

City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Sunday blasted the Department of Education over an exclusive Post report that revealed how a 5-year-old girl spent four hours being driven across Queens before finally getting dropped off at the wrong stop.

In a letter to schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, Stringer expressed “profound concern over the Department of Education’s ongoing failure to fix its broken bus system” despite a 2017 comptroller’s audit that found problems in the Office of Pupil Transportation.

Stringer demanded to know whether the DOE trains bus drivers to deal with young children, how it informs parents about delays and whether it’s considered putting GPS devices on buses so parents can track their movements.

“As Comptroller, as well as a father of two school-aged children, I urge you to consider a full revamping of the system,” he wrote.

“I am sure you share my concern that every child in New York City deserves to be transported to and from school in a manner that is safe and efficient, by drivers who are fully trained to do the job.”

Stringer sent his letter hours after The Post published an exclusive, Page One report on kindergartner Lystra Liu’s tortuous route home from PS 85 in Queens on Thursday

Although she lives only four miles from school, Lystra’s mother said an app on her phone showed the girl traveling to nearly every corner of Queens before she was dropped off two blocks from where anxious mom Xingling Chang was waiting for her.

The marathon excursion followed two mornings in a row when Lystra’s school bus — operated by Grandpa’s Bus Co. — failed to show up at her stop, her mom said.

Chang said Sunday she hoped her daughter’s ordeal “will help change the situation for students and the public.”

“We’re in the 21st century, but our school buses are 20th-century,” she lamented.

Sources have said the driver on Thursday was trying to ditch a father who was following the bus in his own vehicle to ensure the safety of the kids on board.

Grandpa’s was awarded $55.1 million worth of contracts by the DOE for fiscal 2018, city records show.

A spokesman for its parent company, Logan Bus Co., has admitted that it “definitely messed up in the first weeks” since school started earlier this month, but said that it was working “to solve every issue.”

Stringer’s letter to Carranza also inquired about a published report that at least a half-dozen school bus drivers have had criminal records, including for drunk driving.

The DOE said it would review and respond to Stringer’s letter.

“Safe and reliable transportation is our priority, and we take these concerns seriously,” spokeswoman Miranda Barbot said.

“We’re working diligently to fix any issues families are facing, and have systems in place for vetting all drivers, including an FBI criminal history review.”

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