PIST update (3/27 City Council hearing & more)

Monday, March 17, 2014 7:49:00 PM

Contents: Events, Other news, Organizing

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Events--in date order

Wednesday 3/19 Housing meeting will address Support for East Harlem tenants displaced by the combination of gas and gentrification,
7:00-8:30 pm at Fulton Center, 119 Ninth Ave (17-18 St.) Manhattan
see https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chelsea-Coalition-on-Housing/552925131407187?ref=br_tf

or write chelseacoalition.cch@gmail.com SE HABLA ESPANOL


Thursday 3/20 Citywide Council on Special Education

6-8 pm at 52 Chambers St. (Tweed)
DOE speakers and Q&A on middle/high/CTE school transitions
Info and arrange for translator at 718-391-8354


Tuesday 3/25 "We are all Workers"
103rd Triangle Factory Fire Commemoration
12-1 pm At Washington Place and Greene St., Manhattan
sponsored by Workers United and SEIU
Info in English, Spanish, Chinese at http://rememberthetrianglefire.org/


Wednesday 3/26 Parents for Inclusive Education (PIE)
6 pm at UCP 122 East 23rd Street, Manhattan
Topic:  Assistive Technology devices and advocacy


Thursday 3/27
1:00 pm - ?  at 250 Broadway, New York, NY 16th Floor
City Council
Committee on Civil Service and Labor
Oversight Hearings on
The school bus industry in the aftermath of the removal of Employee Protection Provisions from contracts and its impact on workers

PIST and other bus advocates will be testifying...please get in touch
(pistnyc@gmail.com or 347-504-3310) if you have something to add.


Thursday March 27th
UFT Special education parent meeting
9:45 am
at 335 Adams Street , 25 floor in Brooklyn. 
RSVP to fstreich@uft.org or bzohar@uft.org


also Thurs 3/27
10am - 2 pm
Helping your child be a Self-Advocate
Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza


Autism Parent Summit

Friday March 28th 2014

9:30am - 1pm

 Bayview Community Center

5955 Shore Parkway Brooklyn NY 11236


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Other news

-Short video of District 75 rally at P811M to stop the loss of space and resources for students with disabilities there, see

-Letter campaign to NY legislators in support of Early Intervention providers, see https://secure2.convio.net/cccny/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=133

-Press release: NYC Parent leaders oppose Cuomo's education priorities, see http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=d6b29b4cf7c736fbda2caf93a&id=9a31aae6bc&e=698c7cae74

-The NYS Assembly passed a two year moratorium on High Stakes Testing and data sharing.  According to press release from Jim Brennan dated 3/14/14:  The bill (A.8929) would prohibit New York State English and Math Common Core assessments from being a factor in determining teacher effectiveness and student placement for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. The bill also protects student privacy by prohibiting the State Education Department from sharing student data with outside vendors until July 1, 2015.

-More support for displaced East Harlem tenants...If your school is in District 4, read this: 
The District 4 Presidents’ Council is working with Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez’s office to help these families obtain basic items they need, like school supplies, school uniforms, warm coats and sweaters, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc.  
If you have items that you would like to donate please contact the District 4 Presidents’ Council at D4PC@schools.nyc.gov, or by calling (212) 348-2873 so we can arrange for pick-up of these donations at your school.


-Reserve early for April 6 Autism Friendly cultural fair at Met museum, thanks Paola:


Organizing--Thanks go out to: 
Johnnie and Amy for attending UFT Special Ed Parent Committee on 3/10, and thanks Celia for inviting us in the first place.
Milagros for taking PIST material to parent support groups in Bronx clinics and schools, and arranging for the PIST/Comite Timon table at the May 3 Bronx Family Resource Fair.
Johnnie and ATU delegates for representing the school busing community at the huge Albany rally for Universal Pre-K on 3/4.
Johnnie for rep'ing PIST at the "$15 and a union" minimum wage march on 3/15. 

This week we have a conference call to prepare for the 3/27 City Council hearings.  To be involved, please reply (pistnyc@gmail.com or 347-504-3310). SE HABLA ESPANOL

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