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Oct. 11, 2011

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15th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo
March 9-11, 2012, Orlando, Fla.
The Roadeo is co-administered by Edupro Group and the National Association for Pupil Transportation, and held in conjunction with the National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers.
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Walk to School Day celebrates walkable communities, active children
Department of Transportation Fastlane
On Oct. 5, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood walked a group of children to Anne Beers Elementary School, not too far from the DOT headquarters in Washington, D.C. "To be honest, the kids really walked us because they already knew the way from experience. And that's good news," LaHood said. "After all, kids who walk to school are safer and get more exercise than their peers who are driven to school. That's right — apart from riding the familiar yellow school bus, walking to school is the safest way to get there."More

TSA buys machines to check IDs, airline boarding passes
CNN
In a move that could improve security and keep airport lines moving, the Transportation Security Administration early next year will begin testing machines that match a traveler's boarding pass with his or her government-issued ID, while verifying that both documents are authentic. The machines will assist the TSA "travel document checkers," who now conduct checks assisted only by ultraviolet flashlights and magnifying loupes.More

Steve Jobs: Student, teacher, leader in revolutionizing education and technology
The Huffington Post
In a time of educational debate and shuffling nationwide, a college dropout, businessman and paragon of technological innovation emerged as an inadvertent, but forceful, momentum for an educational revolution around the world.More

Nevada takes a huge step toward safer roads with new distracted driving law
Department of Transportation Fastlane
On Oct. 1, a new law banning handheld cellphone use for all drivers went into effect in Nevada, making it the ninth state, along with D.C. and the Virgin Islands, to do so. At an event on the steps of the Nevada State Capitol in Carson City on Sept. 29, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland, Gov. Brian Sandoval, and a group of Nevada officials all spoke with enthusiasm about the safety benefits of the new law. "The bottom line is: It is safer for children, safer for families to put down the cellphone when driving," Sandoval said.More

Bullying prevention a special concern for students with disabilities
On Special Education
Tyler and Teagen Comeau, who have Asperger's syndrome, can recall being bullied a number of times at school or on the bus. But the 13-year-old twins, who live in Mansfield, Conn., can't always tell someone about it. The way they react is governed by their condition, a form of autism. The month of October is bullying prevention month, and some organizations are putting a special emphasis on preventing bullying of students with disabilities.More

Wall Street Journal: Airfares down 16 percent since 1995
USA Today
Airfares may be on the rise when compared to their levels during the previous two years, but over the long haul the relative price we pay for air travel is in decline.More

Pennsylvania police to monitor school bus stops
Connellsville Daily Courier
School bus drivers turn on red flashing lights for students to board or exit the bus. When those red lights flash, drivers may not pass the bus, even if the road has two lanes in the same direction. The penalty for breaking this law is a hefty fine and a two-month license suspension. For the 15th year, PennDOT and the Connellsville Police Department will work together to promote traffic safety around Connellsville Area School District buses with Operation Safe Stop.More

Free tools help IT leaders check school network security
eSchool News
A free resource aims to help K-12 school district leaders make sure they are adequately prepared to address threats to critical district technology systems and infrastructure — and it's just in time for October's Cyber Security Awareness Month.More

How intersections now sense what will zoom by
Governing
In Pleasanton, Calif., radar-like sensors can more easily detect bicycle traffic, providing safer crossings for cyclists and motorists. Pleasanton is recognized as the first in the nation to test out microwave motion and presence sensors called the "Intersector," according to the Contra Costa Times. Much like how a police officer's radar gun works, the Intersector sends out microwave pulses and measures the reflection off a cyclist or motorist from up to 300 feet away.More

School bus driver uses emergency training to save man
Herald-Citizen
Tammy League doesn't admit that she's a hero, but Eddie Thompson insists that she is. A school bus driver for 27 years, League had been trained annually on what to do in a medical emergency. When Thompson had an emergency while at the apple orchard League helps run, League knew just how to help.More

Anti-bullying and the seat belt law
The Huffington Post
Recently, at the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit, parent Kevin Jacobsen delivered a heartfelt and purposeful speech touching on the pain he's experienced and the steps he's taken since the premature death of his son Kameron this year as a result of bullying. Kevin finished up his talk by declaring that we must make the expectation that bullying doesn't take place in our schools as automatic as we have with people buckling up when they get into their cars.More