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Oct. 9, 2012

A month to begin anti-bullying
The Huffington Post
October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. With one incident of bullying every seven minutes, sadly, bullying is the most frequent form of violence that school-aged children encounter. In the 2011 documentary film Bully, film director Lee Hirsch, also a victim of bullying, gives us a window into the lives of five school-aged children who confront bullying on a daily basis. Their stories are unimaginably painful, but these stories are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The statistics on bullying are staggering.More

Safe Routes to School program receives national award
AASHTO Journal
The National Center for Safe Routes to School was recently recognized for its success in engaging communities across the country. The program received the Harvard Bright Ideas in Government award, which was created in 2010 to recognize and promote creative government partnerships. SRTS was chosen for the award for its ability to connect with various schools and communities to collect data regarding how children get to school and then tailoring its program based on those findings.More

CDC: Teen drinking and driving falls by half
USA Today
The number of teens who are drinking and driving has shrunk by more than half since 1991, the Centers for Disease Control report. Drinking and driving among teens in high school has fallen 54 percent in the past 21 years, the CDC finds. But it's still a problem.More

Veteran bus drivers talk about their decades with local children
Madison Journal Today
Madison County, Ga., veteran school bus drivers, all with 30 or more years of driving experience, talk about the ups and downs of bus driving and why they all still love what they do. More

Compelling evidence that red-light cameras do make roads safer
The Atlantic Cities
Hundreds of American cities use red-light cameras to police their intersections, but a few major ones have recently had second thoughts about the devices.More

New law may cost Maine school district hundreds of thousands
Seacoast Online
Director of Pupil Services Jean Parsons recently warned the School Board that a new state law could cost the school district hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. The law, SB 300, changes the state's charter school statute and requires a student's resident district to pay to transport a special education student when his parents send him to a charter school outside of the child's home district, said Parsons. More

Medium-duty natural gas engine on the way
Fleet Owner Magazine
Cummins Westport has started developing a medium-duty natural gas engine for the school bus, medium-duty truck and vocational vehicle markets. The new engine will utilize the company's spark-ignited, stoichiometric cooled exhaust gas recirculation technology. Exhaust after treatment will be provided by a maintenance-free three-way catalyst, Cummins Westport said.More

Commercial advertising will soon be on New Jersey school district website and buses
South Jersey Local News
Major corporations such as Comcast and AAA may soon be selling their services via the Evesham Township School District. At its Sept. 27 meeting, the school board approved allowing commercial advertising on its district website and on school buses. More

Education chief wants textbooks to go digital
Worried your children spend too much time with their faces buried in a computer screen? Their schoolwork may soon depend on it. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently called for the nation to move as fast as possible away from printed textbooks and toward digital ones. "Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete," he declared. It's not just a matter of keeping up with the times, Duncan said in remarks to the National Press Club. It's about keeping up with other countries whose students are leaving their American counterparts in the dust.More

First Student tackles bus bullying
First Student in Grand Junction is confronting the issue of school bus bullying and is working with School District 51 to solve the problem. "It's probably my top priority because I want kids to feel safe and welcome on the bus," said Beth Rutter of First Student. Bullying numbers are actually down from this time last year.More