PEP to vote on $9.4 million contract 17 Nov 2021

Monday, November 15, 2021 9:11:00 AM

Does OPT 'help desk' deserve a raise? & more

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Update from Parents to Improve School Transportation-Late November 2021

2 news items + 4 calendar items

Also at http://pistnyc.org/pep-to-vote-on-94-million-contract-17-nov-2021-.aspx

 

  1. PEP vote on $9.4 million for OPT ‘help desk’ contract this Weds. 

 

This month’s Panel for Education Policy Contracts Agenda item 12, described on pages 36-38 here https://nycdoe.sharepoint.com/sites/PEPArchive/Shared%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?id=%2Fsites%2FPEPArchive%2FShared%20Documents%2FPEP%2FContracts%2F2021%2D2022%2FContracts%20Items%20for%20the%20November%2017%2C%202021%20Panel%20Meeting%2FUpdated%20Agenda%20and%20RAs%20for%20the%20November%2017%2C%202021%20Panel%20Meeting%2Epdf&parent=%2Fsites%2FPEPArchive%2FShared%20Documents%2FPEP%2FContracts%2F2021%2D2022%2FContracts%20Items%20for%20the%20November%2017%2C%202021%20Panel%20Meeting

***If link doesn’t work see pasted images at bottom of this page***  

Yes you read that right, the program to hang up on parents and never admit to any wrongdoing by OPT is being considered for a $9,435,500 makeover with a higher tech phone system that other parts of DOE use. 

 

But will it serve the needs of school bus riders, families and workers to improve the actual routes, as well as the communication? Notice that each call after the 20,000th call costs taxpayers another 8 dollars. 

 

Perhaps instead of “throwing good money after bad” we should call for DOE to #AbolishOPT and let the schools determine the routes.

 

We are asking you --with apologies for short notice-- to submit questions and suggestions, either for how to make the call to 718 392 8855 worth our time, or to redirect that money to practical needs such as: 

hiring more attendants, more drivers, more doctors to review the Request for Medical Transportation Accommodations which are backlogged at Office of School Health, to publicize and process Travel Reimbursements for no-show buses, to provide Mobile covid testing and vaccine units at the bus bases, or even cell phones for the school bus workers to let us know directly what the route is and when there’s traffic. 

 

We know our community has great creative ideas for improving the experience of everyone associated with yellow buses, not just enriching a telecommunications corporation. 

 

The link to register https://learndoe.org/pep/nov17/ is repeated in the calendar below, and the emails to send written comments are: vleung@schools.nyc.gov, jtacoronte@schools.nyc.gov, lpodvesker@schools.nyc.gov, langelo@schools.nyc.gov, ICarmignani@schools.nyc.gov, GChacon@schools.nyc.gov, MKraft2@schools.nyc.gov, GLinnen@schools.nyc.gov, Achapman7@schools.nyc.gov, NGreenGiles@schools.nyc.gov, DDillingham@schools.nyc.gov, kparkprice@schools.nyc.gov, ehenry16@schools.nyc.gov, TSheppard5@schools.nyc.gov

 

P.S. there is also a contract to pay Reliant $39M for the extra month it took to turn over their buses to NYCSBUS. Hopefully with the profit element removed, NYCSBUS can do higher quality work at lower expense. 

 

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  1. Before we list other events coming up this week, here is a report on the March for Student Transportation that happened on Nov 11th. There were parents and youth, members of PIST, Comite Timon, CCSE, District 75 CEC, and Protect NYC Special Education, including veterans. Three media outlets were represented; we will send coverage when we have it. 

Full press statement is here: http://pistnyc.org/families-march-for-student-transportation.aspx 

Some of the photos are at: https://www.facebook.com/pistnyc/photos/pcb.4524179804327151/4524115397666925

Please stay tuned for future actions and write pistnyc@gmail.com to get involved.  

[ For inspiration here is a traffic report from this morning in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the highway was blocked due to a protest for Special Education program needs: 

https://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/seguridad/notas/una-manifestacion-provoca-un-extenso-tapon-en-el-expreso-las-americas-en-direccion-de-caguas-a-san-juan/ ]

 

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  1. Tuesday 16 November, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

NYCSBUS, the non-profit which has been funded to purchase Reliant Bus company yards, routes and vehicles, is co-hosting a workshop for organizations on the transition to Electric school buses. Hear from other members of the Clean School Bus Coalition. 

 

Paste bit.ly/2ZbFLI8 to fill out the registration form. 

 

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  1. Tuesday 16 November 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. but send questions Monday!

 District 75 Council is hosting someone from the Office of Pupil Transportation who will only hear questions that are submitted in advance to D75Council@schools.nyc.gov by TODAY MONDAY 15 NOVEMBER. 

 

Please Post and Share with your School Community 

Date: Tuesday November 16th, 2021

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Speakers:

Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT)

Please email your questions for OPT at this meeting to D75Council@schools.nyc.gov

 

To join (watch) via Zoom, click on link below link

  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7915018756

 

Meeting ID: 791 501 8756

Call in number: 16465588656

Conf ID: 7915018756#

 

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  1. Wednesday 17 November, 6:00 p.m. to ? 

PEP meeting described in #1 above. Use the following link with options in English, Spanish and Mandarin, to sign up between 5:30 - 6:15 if you wish to comment and listen in the Contracts part of the agenda. https://learndoe.org/pep/nov17/

 

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  1. Thursday 18 November, 6:00 p.m

Citywide Council on Special Education presentation on the High School Admissions process for students with an IEP. According to Council members, the topic of school buses and Metrocards will also come up. NYC 8th grade students can apply to HS anywhere in the city, but then they have to get there! 

Info: Phone No. (718) 391-8354    

ccse@schools.nyc.gov   

Register in advance for this meeting: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkceqhrD4pGdwh4w6hwv1K4Rtu3-5d9bZj  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  

Interpretation 

Mandarin 

Dial 347-966-4114 

Conference ID: 541 632 397# 

Spanish 

Dial 347-966-4114 

Conference ID: 688 593 122# 

 

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