Paste this link to read DOE post, titled “Chancellor Walcott Announces Estimated Savings from Bus Bids Received This Winter and Plans to Bid Out Additional Contracts”:
Here are a few things we noticed.
The DOE: plans to bid out another roughly 3,100 routes on April 30 for contracts expiring in 2014. These routes serve approximately 18,000 school-age students with disabilities during the school year and approximately 17,000 students during summer school.
We say: How are you announcing this on April 26 and not telling us the place or time? Those 35,000 students are our children, not Walcott’s or Bloomberg’s.
It states: The estimated $100 million savings is on top of the estimated savings of $95 million from Pre-Kindergarten bus contracts that were bid out in 2011.
We say: We remember the nightmare pre-K routes this Fall. How dare they still brag about that?
Mr. Walcott claims, “In our preliminary review of the new bus bids, we see an estimated savings of $100 million over five years and these savings will go directly to schools for our students and teachers,”
We know it is going directly to mind-numbing test prep and testing that our kids just suffered through this past week at the expense of instruction and related services.
About the strike, the statement says: The DOE could not legally include job guarantees in the bids.
We say: Read what your own lawyers wrote about EPP in the current bus companies’ case to take job guarantees out of their contracts also. DOE can legally include Employee Protection Provisions in all bids. (see video below and http://nydn.us/10Q2Cis )
They say: During the strike, the city assisted parents in finding alternative means of transportation.
We say: Thousands missed days and weeks of education. Shame on DOE.
STOP LYING TO PARENTS! NO BIDS WITHOUT COMMUNITY OVERSIGHT! KEEP THE EXPERIENCED DRIVERS AND MATRONS WHO KNOW OUR KIDS!