I live in Queens, and my two children attend different schools about as far apart as you can get in this borough. My son is in a special program (which is excellent) for kids with autism in Bellerose, which is right on the Nassau County border. My daughter is in a gifted and talented program at a school in Long Island City, across the river from Manhattan. My husband and I both work full time. Thankfully I can do some work from home and my husband is self-employed and can have flexible hours, and we are taking turns with a neighbor whose child also attends the school in Long Island City, but I don't understand how either the Mayor or the DOE think working parents can manage this for very long, especially, as is the case with my son, where there is no available public transportation to the school. The mayor and DOE are rightfully proud that NYC offers a lot of choice in schools for parents, but those choices come at a cost. Along with the special ed programs, one of the main reasons for the need for buses is the increase in charter schools, which are often out of zone. If they are going to push charter schools and school choice, they can't then pull the rug out from under the parents who choose alternative schools, and they certainly shouldn't pull the rug out from under parents of kids with special needs. I would be much happier if those programs the city offers were in my neighborhood but they are not.
How much job protection is the city offering (or encouraging businesses to offer) to parents who will be consistently late and/or leaving early etc. because of this strike?