Faculty, students and politicians rally to fight education cuts. In this photo: Kit Wainer, UFT Chapter Leader; Jessica Kallo, student; John Liu, NYC Comptroller; Principal Joseph Zaza (Source: Kit Wainer)
New York City Comptroller John Liu joined Leon M. Goldstein High School Principal Joseph Zaza, and 125 faculty members, parents and students last Monday to protest the ongoing budget slashes of the city’s public schools.
It was the latest in a series of rallies the school, located at 2001 Oriental Boulevard, has had over the past two years, since the city and state have sliced-and-diced from every nook and cranny of budgets. This rally came on the heels of the largest single-agency layoff since Mayor Bloomberg took office, in which 672 school aides, parent coordinators and family workers lost their jobs.
That meant more pain for our local schools, which are already suffering from staffing and programming cuts.
When we asked Victoria Sottile, Goldstein’s United Federation of Teachers Consultation Committee member, in a Q&A piece last year why a rally is important, she told us “the demonstration is important to raise awareness as to how seriously the budget cuts are affecting the quality of education we can provide to our students.” She told us about gaps in student schedules, the slashing of Advanced Placement programs and even basic science and math courses being eliminated because of staff shortages.
There is a famous Chinese proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” While the adage, attributed to Lao Tzu, was conceived of in the sixth century, it is a timeless axiom for the modus operandi that places Zeetron — Sheepshead Bay’s one-stop cell phone repair shop — in a class by itself.
It’s only been a little more than a dozen years since many of us started carrying cell phones, so it’s no surprise that we may forget there’s a phone in our back pocket until it’s too late, and the splash of the toilet tips us off, followed by the inevitable string of expletives at having submerged our brand new $399 iPhone 4S in the bottom of the bowl.
A screenshot from the MTA's 2011 bus satisfaction survey
THE COMMUTE: The MTA just released the results of another Customer Satisfaction Survey approximately one year after its 2010 survey I reported on. According to the survey, the vast majority of customers are satisfied with the service they receive, at least for local buses. Does that sound right to you?
Contractors for the MTA began work to remove lead paint from the platforms at Sheepshead Bay train station this morning. They have posted signs and closed off parts of the platform with caution tape, warning of hazardous materials.
ShadowLock sent this in over the weekend, after stealing a stack of our stickers from a table at A Taste of Sheepshead Bay. Yup, that’s his work computer. And, yup, that sticker in the top right corner? That’s gonna be our new logo. We’re changing our name to Sheepshead Butts.
ALERT issued 10/29/11 at 8:00 PM. No one should enter any City Park until further notice. Heavy snow and strong wind gusts, combined with full leaves still on trees, are damaging thousands of trees in parks throughout the City. This is creating an elevated and ongoing danger of falling branches and trees. City crews are working to address the damage and will continue throughout the storm.
Stay home tonight folks. Or at least stay out of the parks. It’s dangerous and slippery out there.
Notification issued 10/29/11 at 2:45 PM. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for NYC until 2:00 AM tomorrow morning. MTA customers should anticipate possible disruptions to subway, rail, and bus service. For specific information, please visit www.mta.info.
Well, folks – I’m about to get on the subway. See you Monday!
Oh, here’s a talking point while I’m gone: how is the weather disrupting your weekend?