QUESTION: THE PUBLIC SCHOOL PRINCIPALS UNION HAS SUED THE CITY FOR FAILING TO REINSTATE PARKING PERMITS TO ITS MEMBERS AFTER IT WAS ORDERED IN NEGOTIATION. AS THE SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS, DO YOU THINK PRINCIPALS SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT PARKING OR EDUCATION? WHY OR WHY NOT?
|"Certainly, education is top priority. But I can see the principals being concerned when they arrive at school - and they have no place to park. At least the principal should have a parking spot. So they should make it an issue." - Jene Geller, Spring Creek "I can see the principals' argument. They need parking. But you know what - principals can ride a bike to school. Bring a change of clothes if needed. Schools are not getting any better - and principals should be concerned about that." - Jessica Gonzalea, Midwood "Education, of course. Why are they concerned about parking? Education is number one for the kids. That's right!" - George Saunders, Canarsie "I'm a teacher. The principals have to be concerned about parking, because you have to get to school before you even administrate. Parking is sometimes very difficult around school, especially with alternate side of the street regulations. Sometimes they have to leave the school to put money in a parking meter. Principals used to get free parking. Now only handicapped parking is free." - Sharon Watkins, East New York "In order for the principals to educate the students, they need a place to park. And safety for cars is an issue right now. They shouldn't have taken permits away from the principals. That's not right. Just take away the permit on an individual basis - if the principal has a violation." - Tasia Figueroa, East New York "I think education is priority here. Where I'm from - Augusta, Georgia - teachers used to walk miles to educate the school children. Transportation shouldn't even be an issue." - James F. Brown, Queens |