Season’s Greetings from Parents to Improve School Transportation
Urgent: Sneak attack on busing safety as Winter Break begins
Some parents received a letter signed by Chancellor Walcott on Friday 12/21, admitting that DOE is beginning the process of lowering the funds for bids for school bus transportation in the 2013-14 school year (Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Cuomo have been working up to this since summer of 2011). Just like last November, the letter lists pathetic ‘plans to provide alternatives’ to school busing in case this move provokes a strike.
PIST believes the DOE hopes to manipulate parents into thinking that their cost-cutting executives care more about our kids than do the union drivers and attendants who ride with the students five days a week.
Parents be warned: an attack on the budget for school bus contracts is an attack on safety and stability for our children who ride yellow buses, in the short and long term. Like factories that subcontract for Walmart, the bus companies will drop quality and maintenance standards in order to make money. Like Walmart, the DOE will claim they're not responsible for any tragedies that occur.
We are preparing a very different letter that we will share soon, and gathering more information on how to collectively oppose this chaos. Please send questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at PIST NYC.
***The From Day One Coalition will be having a press conference at the Tweed Courthouse on Sunday, December 23, at 2:00 PM, in which several elected officials will be in attendance.
From Day One says, “Mayor Bloomberg intends to propose a Request for Bid (RFB) without the Employee Protection Provision/Mollen Agreement. This is the agreement that ensures that trained and experienced drivers and matrons are the ones serving our children during their travel to and from school.”