Thursday, June 30, 2011 8:29:00 PM
Staten Island schoolgirl killed in dash for city bus
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The facts that stand out to us are that in September of 2010, Office of Pupil Transportation Executive Director Matthew Berlin stated in court that public funds should not be used "to bus seventh- and eighth-graders on Staten Island. Even if it cost a dollar," (SI Advance), and in June of 2011, a precious child died on the dangerous streets of Staten Island on her last day of 7th grade, instead of having a yellow bus waiting for her right outside school. This is the mindset that our disabled children who do have school bus service are up against, which is why Parents to Improve School Transportation was formed. It is bad enough having to beg for air conditioning on hot days, and routes that get kids to school on time; now we have this tragedy to add to the list of OPT policy outcomes. We mourn Aniya Williams and we will continue to organize for a sane approach to busing in this city.
--Sara Catalinotto, co-founder of Parents to Improve School Transportation