Update April 13, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015 9:48:00 PM


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Parents to Improve School Transportation Update April 13, 2015

 April is Autism Acceptance month, see http://autismacceptancemonth.org/


  • Bids on 4000 NYC school bus routes will NOT occur the first week of May, they have been put off again, this time POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


  • Hopefully these bids will not occur without Employment Protection Provisions to keep a unionized, professional bus workforce as a line of defense for our students…


  • …Note that the 2013 bids removed 168 porter service (carry kid) routes from union jurisdiction, and now the service itself is being threatened for the students unless they move to public housing. 


  • We salute moms like Evelyn and supporters in the legal field like Gary Mayerson who are poised to fight to keep access to public school for wheelchair-bound students.  See resource list in the next post and share to anyone who might be affected, PLEASE!


On a related note, 16-year-old Student wins special education suit for access in Puerto Rico (article in Spanish)



  • Over the break, PIST met with Boston, Mass. educational activists and school bus organizers, plus other advocates for women and children.  Their general education busing is being chipped away at over the protest of parents and guardians.  First 8th grade took a hit, now 7th grade.  Meanwhile there is bitter conflict between the Veolia/Transdev corporation and the USW 8751/Team Solidarity drivers and monitors.  We hope to share audio/video links to a radio panel where we participated (see blurb and photo below).



Interested in opting-out of high-stakes testing for your child? As a parent of a child enrolled in a New York public school, you can refuse excessive reliance on standardized testing as a measure of student performance, but you must do so by Monday, April 13th. You can download the refusal letter at http://citizenactionny.org/resources-for-refusing-the-tests


Teachers Unite sends this quote…

"There were 53,504 suspensions in NYC during the last school year. 

Black students make up about 26% of the student population, but were 53% of those suspensions. Students with special needs/disabilities make up 19% of students but were 36% of the suspensions.


And guess what? The most common reason for suspensions in New York City was 'Infraction B-21: Defying or disobeying the lawful authority or directive of school personnel.'


Translation, in many cases: Talking back to a teacher or principal."



…to motivate for the hearings tomorrow:

Join Teachers Unite + Dignity in Schools-NY + the Student Safety Coalition at a

Hearing for the Student Safety Act
Tuesday, April 14
City Hall, NYC
Begins at 1pm


April 15 for $15 minimum wage rallies around the country/here is a local one https://www.facebook.com/events/887221284678678/



Evening Fathers’ Forum April 15, 2015!

Our quarterly Forums provide resources and an opportunity to network in a welcoming and social environment. The agenda usually includes a combination of dads sharing their thoughts, video presentations and special guest speakers. These are MALE ONLY. Forums are free. Dinner and beverages provided. NOTE: our Forums are well attended and we do have a capacity limit so we recommend you RSVP at http://www.fathersforumny.com/contact.html


The Citywide Council on Special Education invites you an open meeting:

Assistive Technology....... It’s not just an IPad!

See different devices...from the simplest to the more complicated, learn about different tools that can be used in the classroom

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Spruce Street School

12 Spruce Street

New York, NY 10038

Time: 6:00 PM-8:00PM

Learn About Assistive Tech, learn How Assistive Tech Can Help Your Child. Meet Specialists from the Department of Education!

Guest Speaker:

Mark Surabian, COGNITECH CAFE 




Citywide Council on Special Education

28-11 Queens Plaza North - Room 522

Long Island City, New York 11101

RSVP: 917-828-5143



This month’s events at Center for Independence of the Disabled, Queens & Manhattan:





Why Annual Goals Matter –

 Porque las metas anuales son importantes

Metropolitan Parent Center @ Sinergia, Inc.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

New York, NY




*To donate to PIST, please use the donate tab at www.pistnyc.org

**If you are a paid or unpaid organizer, and would like to do a survey to help a researcher (who is a PIST supporter) develop ways to support organizing work, please contact pistnyc@gmail.com and give us permission to give Justina your email address.

[from April 9]

Listen Today Thursday at 2pm on TOUCH 106.1 FM andwww.TOUCHFM.org to Sandra McIntosh the Chair of coalition for Equal Quality Education, Sara Catalinotto a Leader in Parents to Improve School Transportation, Ny. And Fred Floreal of Team Solidarity- the Voice of United School Bus Union Workers

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