Can you imagine trying to get to work, by public transportation, from Brooklyn's Cobble Hill to Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School in Staten Island? The DOE must think it's easy, because that's what they asked ATR Philip Nobile to do this week, his second trek to S.I in three weeks. For example, McCown is 19.65 miles and 2 hours and 5 minutes via public transportation from his street in Cobble Hill. And the starting time is 7:45 A.M. Nobile got so frustrated that he wrote the following letter to the UFT's Michael Mulgrew (President), Michael Mendel (Secretary), LeRoy Barr (Staff Director), Howard Schoor (Brooklyn Borough Representative), Thomas Bennett (Basis HS representative), and Amy Arundel (Special Representative).
Something must be done about sending ATRs in Brooklyn District 76 to high schools in the the far reaches of Staten Island.
|Cobble Hill, Brooklyn|
For example, Tottenville H. S. is 19.3 miles and 2 hours and 8 minutes via public transportation from my street in Cobble Hill. It's farther and longer for others. Four-hour commutes amount to cruel and unusual reassignment.
|Tottenville, HS, Staten Island|
Granted the vast unpopularity of the DOE's algorithm that turns teachers into perpetual motion machines, the UFT could do a good deed for the least of its brethren by contacting the DOE asap to negotiate an end to unconscionable treks to Staten Island. Can we count on you?
Thanks for your consideration,