School Bus Bill of Rights campaign

  • I co-founded Parents to Improve School Transportation (PIST NYC) in 2010, a volunteer group of caregivers of students who ride yellow school buses.
  • The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and its Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) ignored our warnings against harmful practices that caused a worker shortage even before Covid-19.
  • Too many children are forced to be on the bus for over four hours a day; others miss school days entirely due to lack of a route.
  • We see this as violating civil rights of access to education in the existing laws for riders with disabilities and those in temporary housing.
  • The workers' job rights, and everyone's safety, are also being compromised by the emphasis on low bids from for-profit companies.
  • We need independent oversight of student transportation by trusted representatives from the most affected communities.
  • PIST and allies have drafted a School Bus Bill of Rights to apply solutions to these problems.
  • We need funds and lots of help to get this placed on the November ballot as a referendum so you can Vote Yes!
  • Money raised here, offline, and through grants will go to campaign supplies, office space, stipends/carfare for petitioners, and advertising in local media. Email [email redacted] for more information. 
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 5 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 19 d
  • Journelle Clark 
    • $150 
    • 27 d
  • Ivey R Lowe 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Madeline Richer 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
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Organizer

Johnnie Stevens 
Organizer
New York, NY