Posts tagged "student metrocards"
We asked Twitter followers to submit headlines for April Fool’s Day. One reader suggested ”UFT unveils iPad contract.” Another wrote, “Wall Street announces plan to fund student Metrocards w/ bonuses, stating, ‘This is our first step to repayment.’”
And now the Department of Education’s press office has turned in its contribution:
CHANCELLOR KLEIN AND RONALD MCDONALD ANNOUNCE NEW CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES
McDonald’s and TGI Friday’s Among Corporate Titans Participating in New Sponsorship Initiative
Megadeals Will Help Close Department’s Projected $1.2 Billion Budget Shortfall
Fast Food Companies To Modify Recipes To Meet Department’s Strict Food Guidelines (more…)
December 21, 2009
Hundreds of New York City high school students rallied outside of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Manhattan headquarters this afternoon to protest budget cuts that would eliminate free student Metrocards.
The students came from all corners of the city, responding to a hastily organized call made over Facebook. They came from Manhattan’s School of the Future and Millenium High School, from Brooklyn’s Cypress Hills High School and Franklin K. Lane High School, from the High School of American Studies and Our Savior Lutheran High School in the Bronx, among many others. Many of them left their schools early, with or without the permission of their principals. Others were accompanied by their teachers and parents.
They gathered at the MTA’s Midtown headquarters to send the message that the elimination of free student transportation would drastically hurt their ability to attend quality schools. Students predicted increased financial hardship for their families, forcing them to return to their zone schools, a prospect many said they wanted to avoid. Others predicted they might drop out altogether.
The MTA board is currently in a public comment period on the cuts, which they passed last week and will vote on early in the new year. If the plan is approved, students would begin to pay for half-price passes beginning next school year and would pay full price beginning in September 2011. New York City students have received free or reduced fares since 1948. (more…)