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May 4, 2010

Bringing along a book for the ride
MSNBC
Rosemary 'Miss Kookyi' Peterson, a local school bus driver in Bradenton, Florida talks about how she controls the chaos on her bus with books and encourages kids to read outside the classroom. "If a person cannot read, they cannot understand, they cannot comprehend, so therefore, they cannot learn," Peterson's inspiring words that lead to action.More

District to charge students for transportation
Highlands Ranch Herald
In a move that is the first of its kind in Colorado, the Douglas County School District will charge students for riding the bus to and from school. The fee is a 50 cent per-ride charge based on usage for a one-way ride. The transportation fee is among several increased fees the district board approved for the coming school year.More



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Poway parents sound off on proposed school bus cuts
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Anguished parents, school bus drivers and teachers pleaded with the Poway Unified School District board of trustees to save school bus service because of what happened to Escondido teen Amber Dubois. The 14-year-old was intercepted on her way to school by a sex offender on parole, John Albert Gardner III, and raped and killed, one year ago.More

Mixed messages on dialing and driving?
ABC News - North Carolina
Friday, April 30, was the first national "No Phone Zone Day." If you caught Oprah, her entire show was dedicated to getting people to put down their cell phones while driving.More

State and local public agencies grapple with social media liability concerns
Government Technology
Before creating a Facebook page of its own, the Colorado Attorney General's Office (AGO) consulted its lawyers on the potential legal ramifications of doing so. Once the social media giant's indemnity clause was reviewed, the AGO chose to delay jumping aboard that particular social media bandwagon, a spokesman said.More

Transportation Secretary LaHood joins Oprah for 'No Phone Zone Day' to end distracted driving
Media Newswire
As part of his continuing effort to put an end to distracted driving, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood participated in a special live episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," dedicated to ending this deadly behavior. Secretary LaHood joined the show, which marked the first national "No Phone Zone Day," from a rally in Washington, D.C. to encourage people to put down their phone and focus on the road when behind the wheel.More

On bullying: Do not react with silence
Morning Sentinel
What do you do when you see someone being bullied, harassed, teased, tormented? Do you sit back in silence? Do you speak out against that injustice? That was the question Thomas Harnett, assistant attorney general for civil rights education and enforcement in the Maine Attorney General's Office, asked one Sunday at a Universalist Unitarian Church.More

House, Senate chairmen to unveil auto safety reforms
The Detroit News
Two key members of Congress are drafting a major reform of auto safety laws in the wake of Toyota Motor Corp.'s massive recalls that will be made public soon. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va., chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, are expected to release a draft of auto safety legislation that will require all automakers to install anti-runaway technology - brake override systems, stop-start technology and event data recorders. More



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Connecticut school bus seat belt law moving forward
Examiner
Connecticut Senate members passed a version of a proposed legislation for school districts to equip their school buses with seat belts by 2011. The Transportation Committee modified the original legislation. The revised version passed by the committee called for seat belts to be on all buses purchased after 2012.More

The information superhighway, on the highway
Forbes
If Americans are going to get anything done with some of the 100 million hours every day they spend in their cars getting to and from work, they are going to need a better Internet to do it. The idea of being able to access the Internet in the car has been kicked around - and worried about - for years.More

Putting strategy into practice
strategy + business
Of all the false distinctions that dog business thinking — leadership versus management, profitability versus growth, short term versus long term — the most pernicious is the separation of strategy (where the company should go) from execution (getting there). Strategy without execution is daydreaming. What good is a blue ocean to one who cannot swim? Execution without strategy is pointless, even dangerous. What profit is there in doing the wrong things well?More

Getting to know a school bus driver
Times Bulletin
To call Bob Edinger only a bus driver would be a little disingenuous. Of the 51 years that he has spent involved with the education system as a chemistry teacher, head football coach, and athletic director, he has only been behind the wheel of a school bus for the last 11 years. It does, however, illustrate just how much he has dedicated himself to students over the years.More

New service pays drivers to pick up hitchhikers
Digital Journal TV
Using new cellphone technology, a company called Avego is hoping to turn you and your friends into a massive network of taxis. This is no fly-by-night operation, either. It's a multi-million dollar initiative that could change the transport industry. Avego Shared Transport is a new way of getting around - a tool to connect drivers with passengers via a new Web- and phone-based carpooling service.More

Under financial overhaul, FTC could gain enforcement power over Internet
The Washington Post
The Federal Trade Commission could become a more powerful watchdog for Internet users under a little-known provision in financial overhaul legislation that would expand the agency's ability to create rules. An emboldened FTC would stand in stark contrast to a besieged Federal Communications Commission, whose ability to oversee broadband providers has been cast into doubt after a federal court ruled last month that the agency lacked the ability to punish Comcast for violating open-Internet guidelines.More

States make the case for building essential transportation capacity
AASHTO News
As the evidence shows, travel is greatly out-distancing available room on the roads. A series of new reports, Transportation Reboot: Restarting America's Most Essential Operating System, by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), makes the case for increasing the nation's transportation capacity. State transportation leaders have identified their most urgently needed capacity expansion projects that are critical to rebuilding the economy and keeping a competitive edge worldwide.More

DOT Secretary's blog update - FMCSA congratulates student winners of "Be Ready, Be Buckled" poster contest
U.S. DOT
FMCSA Anne S. Ferro went to Capitol Hill with an important safety message, but not for Congress: "Driving a 40-ton truck or a bus full of people is a big responsibility; drivers owe it to themselves, their families, and others to wear a safety belt every time they get behind the wheel." The best thing about her message? It came from two school kids, Adam Carr of Tampa, FL, and Vijeyta Revankar of Seabrook, Texas, in the form of prize-winning posters. More

How America's Public Schools Continue to Feel the Impact of the Economic Downturn
May 10, 1:00 PM, ET

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Dr. Daniel A. Domenech
Executive Director, AASA
Webinar Description: The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) conducted a study in March 2010 that confirmed something everyone in school transportation already knew: school budget cuts are noticeably more significant for 2010-11 than they were in 2008-09 or 2009-10. Dr. Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director of AASA, will explain the results of the survey, which was the seventh in a series of studies by AASA examining the impact of the economic downturn on schools, and discuss the implications derived from this research.

About the Speaker: Dr. Daniel A. Domenech has served as executive director of the American Association of School Administrators since July 2008. Domenech has more than 36 years of experience in public education, twenty-seven of those years served as a school superintendent.

Prior to joining AASA, Domenech served as senior vice president for National Urban Markets with McGraw-Hill Education. In this role, he was responsible for building strong relationships with large school districts nationwide.

Domenech, served as president of AASA from July 1998 to June 1999. He is also a past president of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the Suffolk County Superintendents Association, and the Suffolk County Organization for Promotion of Education. He was the first president and co-founder of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education.

In addition, Domenech has served on the U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment Governing Board, on the advisory board for the Department of Defense schools, and on the board of directors of the Association for the Advancement of International Education. He currently serves on the Board of Overseers for the Baldrige Award and on the boards of the Institute for Educational Leadership, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the Education Policy Institute, and is chair for Communities in Schools of Virginia.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College in New York City and a Ph.D. from Hofstra University in Uniondale, N.Y.

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