Parents to Improve School Transportation Update late April-May 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014 9:03:00 PM

Contents: New legal campaign, Media, Events & internet campaigns

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New legal campaign

See our separate shorter email titled "School bus rights campaigns" for the information and attachments in English and Spanish.  

 

Media

1)           Coverage of My Time press conference on 4-16, raises bus issues:

 

http://brooklyn.news12.com/news/my-time-inc-raises-awareness-of-free-support-for-parents-of-children-with-developmental-disabilities-autism-1.7728492

 

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2)            Some of us found this explanation of the “common core” background history and ‘who profits?’ helpful, written by a longtime PIST supporter:

 

Part 1 http://www.workers.org/articles/2014/04/12/war-public-education/

Part 2 http://www.workers.org/articles/2014/04/17/common-core-educational-industrial-complex/

 

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3)            Never forget Avonte Oquendo!  Efforts to install door alarms in District 75 schools are blocked by bureaucracy at this time:

http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2014/apr/17/cornegy-sounds-school-door-alarm-proposed-bill/

 

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4)            Website created by Autistic Self Advocacy Network for April 2014: http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/

 

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Events:

 

Thursday April 24 --

 

--Summer Options for Children with Disabilities workshop

10am - 12pm

Brooklyn Heights Library

280 Cadman Plaza West at Tillary Street

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Thursday April 24--Postal workers and community protest shift of mail to minimum wage Staples  

11 am-12:30 pm in 34th Street area see http://clupjs.com/

 

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Thursday April 24--Rally against overuse of unfair testing 4:00 pm at Tweed steps.  See changethestakes.org
 

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Thursday April 24--Citywide Council on Special Education monthly public meeting 6-8 pm at Tweed (52 Chambers St., Manhattan) 

Guest speakers from Parks Dept and Bronx Legal Services.

For info ccse@schools.nyc.gov 718-391-8354

 

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Thursday May 1  May Day Workers and Immigrant Rights rallies --12noon at Union Square and 5:00 pm at City Hall -- SEE http://www.may1.info/  and nycclc.org

 


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Thursday May 1  JCC Parent Engagement hosts "an open discussion with Alexandra Robinson, Exec. Director of the Office of Pupil Transportation", 6-8 pm at 334 Amsterdam Ave, NYC

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Saturday May 3 Bronx Family Resource Fair

All day at P811X,  PIST has a table! 

Reply or Contact Milagros to help 347-364-7506

 

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May 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22th and 27th, 2014 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Education Advocacy for Parents/Abogacia Educativa para Padres

Paola Jordan @ 1 212 643 2840 Ext 305  Sinergia Inc. 2082 Lexington Ave. – 4th Floor

 

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 Miércoles, 07 de Mayo 2014 ¡Foro de Padres de Nueva York invita padres, abuelos y cuidadores masculinos de los niños con discapacidades!

2082 Avenida Lexington, piso 4 desde las 6-8:30pm

Este evento es GRATUITO pero hay que registrarse.

(DAD) 379-FFNY / rsvp@fathersforumny.com

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Week of May 12: 

OPT is looking at bids on 4000 routes for Fall 2015 so far without EPP!                  

Stay tuned in case of protests. 

In http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/DCP/Vendor/RFB/Default.htm it says:

BID OPENING DATE & TIME: May 14 and May 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the School Construction Authority –Atrium 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City NY 11101

 

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Saturday May 17 Taking Back our Schools

 

Rally 2:00 p.m. at City Hall Park, brief march, over at 5:00 p.m.  

Endorsed by PIST.  

Please RSVP pistnyc@gmail.com to join a School Bus rights contingent.  Check for our location closer to the date at 347-504-3310.

 

General Info & flyers: http://tiny.cc/NYCmarch

 

 

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Ongoing internet campaigns: 

 

--Write to Mayor DeBlasio to support quality busing!  He can start by restoring Employee Protection Provision to all the contracts, as the Public Advocate and City Councilmembers have suggested. http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/contact-the-mayor.page

 

--sign Susan’s petition to split the long routes  http://www.change.org/petitions/nyc-mayor-bill-deblasio-and-schools-chancellor-carmen-farina-stop-assigning-children-with-special-needs-to-school-buses-that-go-to-more-than-one-school

 

--we agreed to also pass this petition for a public hearing on the Con Ed explosion in East Harlem and ramifications for tenants and the environment at http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/public-hearing-gas-explosion

 

--Online donations to PIST can be sent by using the Donate tab at www.pistnyc.org

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