Contact: Johnnie Stevens 917.402.4755 firstname.lastname@example.org
April 19, 2013, New York – Members of the group Parents to Improve School Transportation (PIST), who say they are fed up with chaotic bus routes and downgrading of the service, will hold a rally today to announce they are continuing to organize for respect for the riders and employees on the school bus. Members of the affected unions will be there to give an update on negative actions being taken by the school bus companies, and the DOE Contracts Department’s failure to intervene.
WHAT: Rally and speakout
WHO: Families of people who ride or work on yellow school buses in New York City
WHEN: Friday, April 19, 12:00pm
WHERE: Outside Department of Education
65 Court St. (between Joralemon and Livingston)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
WHY: Parents want a School Bus Bill of Rights. They are disgusted--but not surprised--by the recent revelation that the mayor and chancellor knew all along that seniority hiring is not illegal and yet took action that provoked a painful strike. Many children have a legal right to safe, stable busing as a related service under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.