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New York City Mayor Bloomberg Implies That Kids Can Safely Ride NYC Public Transit If School Bus Drivers Go On Strike
Posted By Jennifer Chait On January 8, 2013 @ 2:21 pm In news,parenting | No Comments
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A refreshing reminder to encourage our childrens’ independence has just been released by New York City Mayor Bloomberg and the Board of Education. The message? It’s safe to send your kids to school on public transport. The statement that kids are A-ok on public transport has been issued as a response to the news that New York City residents may be facing a possible strike  by school bus drivers. The strike, rumored to happen as soon next week, would leave about 150,000 children lacking school transport. If the strike happens, the city has said that all students will receive free Metro bus and subway tickets  and on top of that, parents of little ones in grades K-2 will also get passes. The statement reads: “Parents of children in grades K through 2 may request an additional MetroCard – so kindergarten, first and second grade – may request an additional MetroCard for a parent or guardian to act as the child’s escort to school. So can parents of pre-school and school-age children with individual education plans, or IEPs, requiring transportation from their homes directly to their school.” This leads us to believe that children in third grade and up are expected to safely ride the subway or bus, sans parents, as a greener mode of transport to get to school.
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It’s doubtful that all parents will agree with the Mayor and the city though. Case in point, a debate poll from a few years back , asking if 12 year-olds should ride the subway, got many no votes, with comments from parents like, “That’s like asking if it’s okay to push a child into a pond full of sharp-toothed Piranha fish.” In fact, many parents  won’t even let their kids walk to school  alone. Even though most kids live within 2 miles of their school only about 15% of all kids walk to school. I think everyone can agree that a strike is a hassle for all involved, but it’s incredibly cool that some positive vibes have risen out of this situation. The fact that the city has made a point of stating that kids are capable  of being responsible, safe and independent when faced with an issue like this is awesome. We agree that kids, even young kids, can be super capable, if you let them be. In fact, if you’d like to see all the many reasons why you should kick your kids out the door in the morning and let them get to school on their own, read, 5 Excellent Reasons To Make Your Kids Walk To School .
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 possible strike: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/school_bus_kids_kept_in_limbo_aSM3dvBPygseO05lxU61UL
 all students will receive free Metro bus and subway tickets: http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/mediarelations/NewsandSpeeches/2012-2013/bloomberg_schoolbusstrike.htm
 debate poll from a few years back: http://www.helium.com/debates/251305-is-it-responsible-for-a-parent-to-let-a-12-year-old-child-ride-the-nyc-subway-alone
 many parents: http://www.circleofmoms.com/question/when-should-you-let-your-child-walk-school-alone-1700633
 walk to school: http://www.inhabitots.com/8-simple-ways-to-add-more-exercise-to-your-childs-daily-routine/
 kids are capable: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/19/at-what-age-would-you-let-your-child/
 5 Excellent Reasons To Make Your Kids Walk To School: http://www.inhabitots.com/5-excellent-reasons-to-make-your-kids-walk-to-school/
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