Rally for the School Bus Solutions we need

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 7:02:00 AM

Oct 16 outside Tweed before City Council hearings on OPT

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On Tuesday October 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. the Education Committee of the New York City Council is holding an oversight hearing to address some of the inadequacies of the current system of school busing under the NYCDOE's Office of Pupil Transportation [For additional information, see https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=639300&GUID=5997BB10-2A8C-4966-8BBC-7339FCC66F93&Options=info&Search=.  PIST and other longtime advocates for busing solutions are invited. We will bring our School Bus Bill of Rights [http://www.pistnyc.org/bill-of-rights.aspx ] and our statement on the recent scandals which led to Chancellor Carranza firing OPT's CEO Goldstein [http://www.pistnyc.org/pist-statement-on-latest-opt-scandal.aspx ].

Many of these council members have sat down with parents in the past to hear about our School Bus Bill of Rights, although that is not exactly what is meant by the term in their proposed legislation, and with drivers to learn about the need for Employment Protection Provisions and more thorough training. 

In order to include members of our network who cannot stay so long at the hearing (such as because they have to get their children from the bus), we are calling a rally at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., around the corner outside 52 Chambers Street (Tweed), the Department of Education headquarters. 

We invite all school bus advocates to bring their signs, voices and hands to make a statement that the public and media can experience. Let's remind New York that there is a driver shortage brought about by greed and low bids, which will not go away unless this work is valued as the public service and civil rights mandate that it is. Let's ask for a chance for the parent groups and school bus unions to brief the Chancellor directly on the fact that busing solutions have been gathered before but not implemented, and that any overhaul must respect those who have to live with the results: school bus riders, families, the disability rights community, educators, drivers, attendants and the mechanics. 

From there, those who can will go through the entrance and metal detectors to attend the hearing for as long as possible. To help organize and publicize this event please contact pistnyc@gmail.com. 

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