Jan 2015 UPDATE - Happy MLK Day

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Fair 1/31; OPT-Parent encounter; New sped guides; Busing petition; Wrights Law on Bus training

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Jan 2015 Parents to Improve School Transportation UPDATE  

 

Contents:  

Happy MLK Day; 

PIST@the Fair 1/31; 

OPT-Parent encounter; 

New service guides; 

Busing petition & more; 

Wrights Law on Bus workers' training; 

Other Events

 

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.   Doctor King became nationally known through the fight for equal access to transportation, so we are inspired to pay tribute.  

 

The holiday is Monday 1/19 and his actual birthday is Thursday 1/15. We received this link to a series of civil rights and civil disobedience events:

http://peoplespowerassemblies.org/

 

 

We also received info on free movie tickets to "Selma" for public school students, available thru 1/19, but they're sold out in the 'Regal' and 'UA' chain at least 

(Disclaimer, it is PG -13 and we haven't seen it).   

http://files.uft.org/parents/SELMA-free-tickets.pdf

 

 

****Please join PIST at the fair****

 

Saturday Jan 31 "Summer fun and more!" fair -- PIST has a table, please stop by and say hello while you get info on resources, including but not only summer camp -- 11:00 to 3:00 at the Pennsylvania Hotel in midtown, sponsored by RCSN.

 

See link:

http://resourcesnyc.org/content/summer-fun-and-more

(write back for flyer file if needed)

 

To help finance our supplies & printing for the event please see: 

the Donate tab at www.pistnyc.org

 

 

Recent OPT/PARENT ENCOUNTER

 

 According to a PIST member who was present, in mid-December 2014 the executive director of Office of Pupil Transportation told parents of students with disabilities that she lives in San Diego; began her answer to the question 'what are the considerations for the bids?' with 'Price'; and denied that the city law about air conditioned school buses (oh excuse us, climate controlled) applies to every student with a disability.  What do you think?  There may be a legal loophole but it's not morally right.

fyi These comments are paraphrased here but there is audiotape.  

 

 

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE--New service guides

 

There is finally some concrete advice around busing in the new Dept of Education guide to Special Education services.  

It is the first document we have seen other than PIST's "How to Get and Keep Appropriate Busing Services" that tells the names of the forms you need and how often to renew.  

We believe credit is due to the parent movement, so give yourselves a hand!!

The guide is available for parents in several languages here (...but apparently you still have to ask a fellow parent or social worker for a copy of the busing accommodation form):

 

http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/SpecialEducation/tellmemore/importantDocuments.htm

 

 

District 75 also has a guide in print you can request

d75council@schools.nyc.gov

 

 

BUSING conflict of interest PETITION and more--

 

BOSTON -- Not only does the new busing administrator live outside the city but until a few months ago, he (under a different last name!) was a top executive of the private busing company that has the contract with Boston Public Schools (Veolia/Transdev).  

 

Please read petition and consider signing/sharing:

 

http://bostonschoolbus5.org/petition/steketee/

 

 

NEW JERSEY -- This article shows how drivers are getting back pay after losing pay hours based on technology that they can't even access for directions.  It's similar to what Boston has been through but with London-based First Student bus company:

 

[excerpt - 

"Once the bus is parked, the driver logs out of the EVIR system, forcing employees to work off the clock while completing a safety inspection, cleaning the bus, checking for any sleeping children, returning equipment and reporting any problems to the office, the suit said."]  These are the tasks that help our kids, though!

 

 

NEW YORK -- Just a reminder, the bids for school busing contracts between DOE and companies are postponed to May 1, 2015.  

Unionists and politicians are working to get legislation that will influence the results, especially in terms of worker experience levels.  

STAY TUNED!  Literally thousands of drivers and attendant jobs are at stake...

 

Memo from Local 1181 ATU on this is here:

http://atu1181.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/EPP-MEM-UPDATE-120514-rotated.pdf

 

This is about a 12/19 school bus accident that we never had a chance to send:    

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/queens-kids-hospitalized-school-bus-hits-pizzeria-article-1.2051618

 

 

**Wrights Law on Bus workers' training**

 

Important blog! (thanks Miz Kp for sharing):

 

Training in the IEP for School Bus Drivers / Attendants - See http://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/?p=12150

 

 

OTHER EVENTS 

 

Regents week Jan 26-29

If your child is in a 9-12 (or even a 7-12) school, find out their exact schedule.  

Non District 75 high school students tend to be excused on the 30th and Monday 2/2.

 

Bilingual English/espanol workshops/talleres January - May here/aqui: www.sinergiany.org

 

Feb 13 is deadline for Kindergarten application...earlier than usual this year!...info in many languages is at 

http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/Elementary/kindergarten

 

Second Saturday of every month  Universal Makerspace for Teens with and without disabilities at the Brooklyn Public Library. contact j.huth@bklynlibrary.org

 

If we missed your event please show our supporters by posting it at PISTNYC on Facebook.  

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