9/15/14 Updates and Events

Saturday, April 04, 2015 1:48:00 PM

Copy us on complaints; Reliant; Bus drills; Access in PR; etc.

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BELOW AND ATTACHED Please find a list of local events geared towards parents of students with IEPs and on behalf of public education in general.




1.  To all the parents who have contacted Parents to Improve School Transportation about routes that are too long, too crowded with different schools and age groups or unprofessional service, and those who still have no route, or the wrong kind of bus, thank you and stay strong. 


This has to be done better!  Our longterm goal is a School Bus Bill of Rights to prevent such problems, but in the meantime everyone is welcome to copypistnyc@gmail.com when complaining to the Office of Pupil Transportation.  

See our previous email titled Busing Advice for other tips.  



2.  For an explanation of what is going on with Reliant Bus company and strike rumors, we recommend going to the source at 
Also on this site, the list of laid off drivers is 1,225 names long; the list of laid off matrons is 1,807 names long; many have been working since the 1990's. 

Transportation is an IEP Related Service by law. What would you do if DOE laid off school counselors, OTs and speech therapists because they cost too much, and hired people at 8 or 9 dollars an hour to do the same job with our children?!



3.  Thanks to Margaret D:  Did you know that all children who ride a school bus daily are required by LAW to have a drill ON THE BUS for safety reasons?? 

THIS MONDAY Sept 15th is the LAST day for ALL NYC schools to have the First required drill of the year! If your school did NOT do this yet you should question WHY!!! http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/Transportation/SchoolResources/SafetyDrills/default.htm



4. Support access for students with disabilities in Puerto Rico

at Petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/inmediate-call-for-action-for-federal-authorities

and see photo album at PIST NYC facebook page for a bilingual solidarity statement you can Like and sign. 



5.  PIST endorses the 

Caravan to Texas Border in Solidarity with Central American Refugee Children/Caravan Nacional a la Frontera de México y Tejas

and material aid collection.  The next  NY meeting:

Cuando:  Jueves, 18 de sept. a las 630  
Donde:   La Iglesia de St. Peters

619 Lexington Ave. dentro la calle 53 y 54, en Manhattan

Tren E/M hasta Lexington Ave/53 St. o el tren 6 parada 51

When : Thursday, Sept. 18 at 630 pm

Where:  St. Peters Church

619 Lexington ave. between 53 & 54th St., Manhattan

Take the E/M train to Lexington Ave/53 St. stop or the #6 to 51st St. 


6. Sept.8 Accident affected 27 young students on two vehicles.





7.  Parent teacher conferences are now four times a year, starting this week, depending on grade level and district.

See http://files.uft.org/parents/parent-teacher-conference-schedule-2014-15.pdf 



8.  We have met a parent who wants to promote the idea of strategic seating for the matron/attendant, not so far front but in the back row, to be able to see and prevent incidents or accidents.  If you are interested in helping him formulate a petition please write back with your contact info and we'll pass it along to Mike.  

9.  For those following the Boston school bus union drama, the court was packed today and the case was postponed to Oct. 6.  

9/15/2014 P.I.S.T. (Parents to Improve School Transportation) CALENDAR  For more information contact pistnyc@gmail.com       347 504 3310 (se habla español)              Facebook PIST NYC      Twitter @pistnyc






District 75 Council Monthly public meeting

Topics:  SCHOOL SAFETY issues + HeartShare services—

Weds 9/17               6:30 – 9:00 pm

P094M@P276M    55 Battery Place  Manhattan




Alliance for Quality Educ. speakout for the state equity funding for our schools—

Parent! Students! Teachers! Community members! JUST CAN'T WAIT

Thurs 9/18               10 am             City Hall steps

Mass tweet by 10:30 seehttps://www.thunderclap.it/projects/16245-wecantwait-fund-our-schools




Citywide Council on Special Education—Monthly public meeting

Topic:  Access to appropriate services--Thurs 9/18

6 – 8 pm at PS 397 Spruce Street School, 12 Spruce St. Man. 10038



Advanced Training for Parents: Parent Power School Part 4

NYC Coalition of Educational Justice (CEJ)

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

Brooklyn, NY  TWU L. 100 officehttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/advanced-training-for-parents-parent-power-school-part-4-tickets-12447961187?aff=eac2







RCSN Workshop Special Education Transportation: Presented by Ruth DiRoma


P.S. 140K, 141 Macon Street,  Brooklyn, NY 11216






Brooklyn Resource Fair for children with special needs

Sat 9/27           11am-3pm

Bklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza Info: (718) 253-4948 

To make a donation, please see the Donate tab at www.pistnyc.org


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