With more than 700 school aides, parent coordinators, health aides and others threatened with layoffs, DC 37’s Local 372 President Santos Crespo (center), Assemblyman William Scarborough of the 29th Assembly District (right), community leaders, parents and school children demanded Mayor Michael Bloomberg “save our schools and save our communities” and stop the layoffs. Participants came together at a rally at P.S. 15-Jackie Robinson School in Springfield Gardens, Queens, on Friday, Sept. 23.

Union officials say planned DOE layoffs will have the most devastating impact on schools in the city’s neediest communities, including Springfield Gardens, East New York, Brownsville, Williamsburg, Washington Heights and the South Bronx.