4/14/13 Busing Update from Parents to Improve School Transportation
Look what the mayor’s own lawyers have said: Employee Protection Provisions are not illegal. Here is link to column by Juan Gonzalez on April 11:
Told you so! Please get this article around with the link and/or tweet it using
REMINDER—BUILD THE RALLY FOR THIS FRIDAY
We will fight to SAVE BUSING!
Join our Parent & Student Rally:
Friday April 19, 2013 at 12 noon
65 Court St. Brooklyn, NY 11201 (outside Dept. of Education offices including the Contracts Division)
Subways: A,C, F to Jay St-Metrotech; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall; G to Hoyt- Schermerhorn; N, R to Court Street
Contact Parents to Improve School Transportation (PIST):
firstname.lastname@example.org 347-504-3310 (se habla español)
Facebook PIST NYC Website www.pistnyc.org Twitter @pistnyc
We are more convinced than ever that neither the mayor’s Department of Education nor the bus companies can be trusted to put the interests of our children first—unless we organize and apply multiple forms of pressure.
On Friday April 19, we will be at the foot of the DOE building that houses the Contracts Department—the same one which made it okay for school bus companies to have second drivers represent themselves to unsuspecting families as fully trained matrons during the recent strike.
EVERYONE IS INVITED, not just parents & students—please try to arrive before 12.
Note that drivers have explained to us that the company owners’ recent contract attack means each person will have about $90 less in their weekly paycheck starting this week.
3. Thank you to all who are helping PIST get the word out about the April 19 rally: at the Queens Family Resource Fair, on radio shows in 3 boroughs, at a testing opt out info meeting, a “Poor Peoples March” planning meeting, a UFT Manhattan Parent Outreach meeting, and to schools, buses, over email, Twitter, the telephone, and more. Please keep up the great work!
This week we hope to join the Dignity in Schools press conference on Monday at City Hall, the fighters against unfair charter school co-locations on Wednesday at the PEP being held in Prospect Heights HS auditorium. See PIST email from April 7 for info.
4. Save the dates – more info to follow or you can search online
April 27 ARISE Coalition Assistive Technology Conference
April 27 D75 Best Practices Conference at P369K
Weekend of April 27-28 Performances by Bklyn Miracle Project Theatre Co. $20
May 11-12 45th anniversary Poor Peoples March, Baltimore to Washington D.C. The Sunday May 12 (Mothers Day) portion of the march begins at 10 a.m. and will be led by women in tribute to Coretta Scott King’s role in the original march.
May 17 Healthy Teen Relationships Conference
May 31 Brooklyn Parent Center Conference – PIST has a table