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Nov. 26, 2013

Study shows negative effects of school bus service cuts
An independent study paid for by Hoover, Ala., City Councilman Gene Smith shows that cutting school bus service would negatively impact the city's retail and housing markets. The study says cutting bus service to Hoover city schools would disrupt the trend of housing and price growth. If Hoover decides not to offer bus service during the 2014 school year, the impact study predicts that it would interrupt home desirability and increasing pricing trends, ultimately harming employment, desirability and retail sales in Hoover.More

Buses told to buckle up, school buses exempt
Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it will now be requiring full seat belts for all large commercial buses and motorcoaches. But another kind of bus remains exempt from the rule: the school bus. Federal officials say on average, 21 people are killed and nearly 8,000 more are injured in large bus crashes each year. Experts say seatbelts could reduce those injuries by roughly 45 percent, and for bus companies, they say they appreciate the uniformity and increased safety that comes with the new law. But many still wonder about those other, big, yellow buses.More

Interpreting the (non)controversial science of distracted driving
The Huffington Post
Professor of Psychology Paul Atchley writes, "When I speak on the science of distracted driving, the theme of my talk often centers on the idea that we fool ourselves. One of the most powerful lessons from a century of psychological research is that we are often unaware or completely wrong about our intuitions about how our brain works. Many functions of our brain exist to protect us from the uncomfortable reality that we are far more limited than we like to think we are."More

Could school bus ads lower your taxes?
A growing number of New Jersey municipalities are considering the idea of putting advertisements on the sides of school buses, a move that could lower property taxes for Garden State residents. If a district accepts advertising, objectionable content such as alcohol, tobacco or strip club ads would not be allowed. Local school districts would retain the right to control exactly what is placed on their buses.More

Student bullied — brings awareness to students, parents
Emily Penn Foster, 13, wants to turn her terrible experience into a lesson for the girls who bullied her, and for parents she feels need to talk to their children about bullying. In the following video, you can see what looks like three different girls attacking her on a Carroll County, Ky., school bus on their way home from school one Friday. Emily hopes by showing the video to more people she can inspire parents and teachers to talk to their children about the dangers of bullying, and remind them to speak out when they know something bad could happen. More

Report: Bus inspection arrests are warning to districts
The Des Moines Register
Two criminal arrests and a new Iowa system to re-inspect mechanically faulty school vehicles should serve as a warning to local officials not to submit falsified bus reports, state officials said this past week. "The biggest issue here is for (school transportation employees) to pay attention and follow the law," said Superintendent Dave Kwikkel. "My advice is you don't risk your job over not paying attention to detail." More

Yale expert says teaching about emotions reduces bullying
The Hartford Courant
At a recent symposium on reducing bullying and improving school climate, Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, told a crowd of about 200 educators that bullying prevention programs "are mostly ineffective." About 28 percent of children report that they are bullied regularly in school — a percentage that has stayed about the same since 2005. "Why are we spending billions of dollars a year on approaches that don't seem to make a difference?" Brackett asked. Brackett's program that he has developed with the Center for Emotional Intelligence takes a "whole school approach" that teaches both children and staff about social and emotional learning.More

Special education budget cuts, sequestration, hurt America's most vulnerable students
The Huffington Post
For American students with disabilities, class sizes are increasing, services are waning and providers are disappearing. More than half of parents who have children with disabilities and responded to a survey say their schools have altered special education services because of declining funding since last year — in some cases, because of federal budget cuts known as sequestration, according to survey results recently released.More

Study: US drivers have fewer cars, drive them less, use less gas
Green Car Reports
The best way to save fuel is to drive less — and Americans are doing just that, according to a new study. U.S. drivers have fewer cars, are driving them less, and are getting better fuel economy when they do drive them.More

Students in 5 states brace for longer school days
The Associated Press via ABC News
Recently, a group of schools in five states announced they would plan a redesign of their schedules for the 2014-2015 year. In many cases, they would be using an extra 300 hours a year for things there isn't enough time for during a regular school day.More

Keys bring message about school bus safety
The Picayune Item
The parents of Nathan Key, the 5-year-old child killed in 2009 when a motorist passed a stopped school bus, recently brought their message on school bus safety to the Poplarville School District.More

Demonstrating the importance of child safety on Capitol Hill
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
If you want to make safety for children in the United States a national priority, one way of doing so is by holding an event that brings lawmakers from both sides of the aisle together. So, kudos to Safe Kids Worldwide for doing just that this past Wednesday at Safe Kids Capitol Day. The event was designed to raise the profile of child safety among U.S. lawmakers; Safe Kids has noted that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children in the United States.More

Parents warned on social media risk
Wiltshire Business
Parents could be unintentionally exposing their children to risk by setting them up social media accounts before they are old enough, a charity has warned. Almost half of parents (45 percent) with pre-teen children have set up a Facebook account on their behalf, flouting rules which ban those who are under 13 years old, the London–based National Children's Bureau said.More