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PIST demands end to long bus routes
Published Oct 31, 2010 10:15 PM
Parents to Improve School Transportation held a rally at the New York City
Department of Education on the morning of Oct. 19. They are outraged that time
is being taken away from their children’s education by unrealistic school
bus routing, which is especially disruptive for students with special
PIST members rally Oct. 19.
Photo: Johnnie Stevens
A letter signed by dozens of parents and supporters was taken to the Schools
Chancellor. It denounced the fact that the Office of Pupil Transportation laid
off several hundred qualified drivers and escorts at the start of this school
year, and then reshuffled the children onto routes that are causing lateness
and stress every day for the students, their families, school staff and bus workers.
At the rally participants gave interviews in English and Spanish to the press,
and chanted, “O.P.T. — Get our kids to school on time!” and
“Bus drivers need jobs, kids need short routes!”
A vice president of the United Federation of Teachers and a state business
agent of the Amalgamated Transportation Union, which represents school bus
drivers, were present along with other advocates for mass transit and public
For more information visit www.pistnyc.org.
The writer is a PIST parent.
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