Dekalb Parents Supporting Bus Drivers
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Dear Dr. Green,
We are writing to you as parents of DeKalb County School students who support the efforts of the bus drivers to improve their jobs, and the safety of our children who ride with them. We are disappointed by your choice to fire eight of them in retaliation for their efforts. We have supported many of your policies since you took office in 2015, as you have often focused on the well-being of the children, kindness, and inclusivity above politics. We are disappointed to see the way you have chosen to respond to the efforts of bus drivers to improve their jobs and DeKalb County Schools overall.
We have had positive experiences with DeKalb County School bus drivers looking out for our children. We know from experience that drivers care about the children, and about the conditions that they ride in. The buses that our children ride in have a huge impact on the rest of their educational day, and those buses should be driven by drivers who are proud of their work.
We know that the school bus drivers have been explaining their problems and proposing solutions to the school board for a long time, and still haven't seen the improvements they need. They are still stuck as part-time workers, without access to decent benefits, and without a pay increase in years. School bus drivers deserve to have a living wage, respect at work, and the ability to retire in dignity.
Dr. Green, we are asking you to immediately reinstate the eight drivers which you chose to fire last week, and work with all the drivers to resolve their concerns. We want to be able to continue to say that we support your administration and your policies. We want to know that our children's drivers are happy and proud at work, rather than afraid of the administration or their future. We know that you can do the right thing here by reversing the firings and working to resolve the concerns.
You can also contact Dr. Green with a letter of support for the drivers, using these words or your own, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678.676.1200
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