SAVE PRE-K BUSING from corporate greed
Many of the DOE’s contracts with school bus companies expire this year and it is time for them to take bids on 5-year contracts for thousands of routes. However, certain companies that currently have contracts to transport Early Intervention and Pre-K students are suing the city to remove Employee Protection Provisions, a package of wage/benefit/job security rights, just to make it easier for these companies to bid low.
We have learned that the State judge issued a 20 day restraining order in their favor, stopping the bid for school bus contracts until April 24. On the contrary, the Federal judge on April 5 denied the companies a temporary restraining order.
So far, it seems like neither DOE nor these companies have asked parents what we think. Our members and the union are the ones who keep us informed. If the bids are extremely delayed, the potential for chaos in September is increased, but if the bids are done fast without EPP, the quality of busing suffers in the short and long term.
We need to be on alert and keep telling all involved that we parents are striving for school bus contracts that RESPECT WORKERS & RIDERS! We do not want children's safety sold to the lowest bidder!! Employee Protection Provisions are a must to keep stability and experience in this PUBLIC SERVICE for students with and without disabilities.
We are going to approach the judge, with regular letters signed by people and organizations and/or with a “Friend of the Court” brief.
You can help! Please reply if you have a personal statement to add to the pile in defense of a dedicated, trained professional workforce at all levels of NYC school busing. If you just want your parent/advocate group to endorse this position, reply with contact information so we can share the group statement for their approval. We expect to be speaking with lawyers this week on the next steps.
EPP is a small but important portion of what we demand in terms of improving transportation with a School Bus Bill of Rights. Stay tuned this Spring and Summer for updates on our electoral petition campaign for a November 2018 ballot proposal.
Tuesday April 10 Train with D75 Council to be a Parent Member of the IEP team
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Manhattan https://www.eventbrite.com/e/citywide-education-council-for-district-75-includenyc-presents-parent-member-iep-training-tickets-44712835294
Thu, April 12, 2018 Know your rights as a parent under special education law
5:45 PM – 7:45 PM at Columbia University co sponsored by IncludeNYC
Register (rescheduled from the snow day) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/citywide-education-council-for-district-75-includenyc-presents-parent-member-iep-training-tickets-44712835294
Sunday April 15 help bring message of “Schools not War” to NYC rally against endless wars
Gathering 2:00 p.m. at Herald Square 34th and Broadway pedestrian zone,
Then marching to Trump Tower/ info: https://www.springaction2018.org/resources.html
Thursday April 26 Family Connect summit all day in uptown NYC - adaptcommunitynetwork.org/summit2018
April is Autism ACCEPTANCE month http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/
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