Welcome back to school on behalf of Parents to Improve School Transportation. Please find below
(1) when and how to complain;
(2) complaint emails & numbers by borough + citywide pre-K;
(3) other citywide advocates you should advise of bus problems;
(4) time limits for students who do not have the accommodation of Limited Time Travel;
(5) increase in inexperienced school bus staff despite new legislation
(6) Boston update
Attachment-legal requirements checklist-free!
Attachment-Calendar of events and petitions
Back to school advice from Common Sense Busing
WHERE TO COMPLAIN (A LOT):
State all of the issues, missing first period, the bus going to several locations but with the same PU and DO time, getting home after 5 PM, when the bus arrives in the AM, rude and or in-experienced bus team, faulty equipment, bus taking the long way to avoid tolls etc. I personally write it out before I call, so that I can sound calm and rational and do not miss any points! Write down your complaint #.
Then contact the borough Manager of OPT for where the school is located.
MAKE THESE PHONE CALLS ON A DAILY BASIS (our experience has been they need to have at least several complaints before you get taken seriously):
The important calls and e-mails are to the borough managers, as the call center can not make changes, but the borough managers can do this almost immediately
Manhattan: Richie Scarpa (718) 482-3740 RScarpa@schools.nyc.gov
The Bronx Seth Brown (718) 482-3850 SBrown14@schools.nyc.gov
Brooklyn: Diane Beediahram
(718) 482 3769 DBeediahram@schools.nyc.gov
Queens: Frank Jackson (718) 482-3763 FJackson@schools.nyc.gov
Staten Island: James Campbell (718) 482-6299 JCampbell8@schools.nyc.gov
Pre-K: Shelia Lucious Lowe firstname.lastname@example.org 718 707 6909
Director of OPT: Alexandra Robinson email@example.com
CEO of OPT: Eric Goldstein firstname.lastname@example.org
When emailing, copy email@example.com and any advocates you are familiar with.
You should also call your city council rep or our Public Advocate. They all have someone on staff to handle Board of Education issues.
FIND YOUR COUNCIL MEMBER HERE:
In Particular, please contact the office of Council Member I. Daneek Miller if you are experiencing problems with your bus team. http://council.nyc.gov/d27/html/members/home.shtml
Reminders below thanks to New York City Parents Fed up with Transportation Troubles
Maximum amount of time your child is allowed to spend on special education transportation(of course it's even shorter if you have Limited time travel). If your child is on a bus longer than he or she is allowed, always file a complaint with OPT.
EI (early intervention, 0-3) 60 minutes in borough, 90 out of borough.
CPSE (Preschool, 3-5) 75 minutes in borough, 105 minutes out of borough
CSE (Kindergarten and up) 90 minutes in borough, 115 minutes out of borough
PIST has been advised that the biggest winners in the last bidding on special and general education routes hired a lot of brand new drivers and attendants at substandard pay even though there are experienced people available to serve our children, and City money to upgrade the pay per Intro 449 (seehttp://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/official-private-bus-companies-42-million-taxpayer-money-blog-entry-1.1920613 and NYC School Bus Safety Legislation Enacted ).
When you document problems in bus service (see attachment) it helps your child, other riders, and the sustainability of a professional workforce.
***If you would like to attend the next PIST meeting, please reply or leave a message at our voice mailbox, 347-504-3310***
Boston school busing benefited for years from the features of the drivers' union contract, such as being able to grieve bad routes that violated IEPs.
Now the city has made the new (international vulture) company Veolia the only school bus owners, plus appointed one of the managers to the Boston Public School district(!)
Veolia is lashing out at the drivers with all its might but they are fighting back, for the integrity of this public service which is truly a civil right!
9/15 is an important date, see Facebook Event: Drop the Anti-Union, Frame-up Charges Against Steve Kirschbaum. Pack Dorchester Court! National Call-in to DA Daniel Conley 617-619-4000 fax 617-619-4210