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Congressman proposes school bus safety legislation
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
Iowa is not the only state that has seen accidents involving children in and around school buses, but it is one of the few to have taken aggressive measures to prevent future tragedies. U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Waterloo, wants to take that initiative to the federal level. Braley recently proposed legislation that would mirror changes made in Iowa law in 2012 and provide additional funding for other safety measures for school buses. "We know from data collected by national traffic safety advocates that the problem is widespread, and that's why it's an important priority that we need to do more to prevent," said Braley said in a conference call announcing the legislation.
EPA announces more funding for clean diesel projects
The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced $9 million in grant funding for clean diesel projects. The funding comes from EPA's Diesel Emission Reduction Program and will target the most cost-effective projects and fleets operating in areas designated as poor air quality areas. The EPA said it anticipates awarding between 10 and 20 assistance agreements through the funding. Various strategies are eligible for achieving diesel emission reductions, such as installing verified exhaust control and idle reduction devices, and vehicle and engine replacement. Projects may include school buses, transit buses, heavy-duty diesel trucks, marine engines, locomotives, and other diesel engines.
Hold off on seat belt bills
South Bend Tribune
Student safety is of the utmost importance for Michigan families, and it should be for school districts as well. Lawmakers in the state House have introduced several bills that would require shoulder belts in all new school buses. Yet studies related to the effectiveness of seat belts on buses are mixed.
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School bus drivers better with age
When it comes to our children, safety never takes a back seat. Parents may recall the terrifying scene in Douglass, Kansas, this past Halloween when a school bus was washed away from a flooded bridge. The bus ended up on its side in a muddy creek and scared children escaped through a hatch. Investigators determined 63 year-old bus driver Morris Peterson made a poor decision to cross the bridge. This incident and other crashes prompted an investigation to learn more about the people who drive children to school every day.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NAPT MultiView News Brief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NAPT, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
Guidance issued for school districts to ensure equal access for all children to public schools, regardless of immigration status
U.S. Department of Education
Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced updated guidance to assist public elementary and secondary schools to ensure enrollment processes are consistent with the law and fulfill their obligation to provide all children — no matter their background — equal access to an education.
Car-sharing, GPS data changing transportation patterns
Contra Costa Times
Why drive a car when you can tap out a ride on your smartphone and get picked up in minutes. Need to drive? Rent a car by the hour and then leave it on the street when you're done with it. It seems the internal combustion engine is going the way of the horse and buggy these days as automakers are currently working on affordable, battery-powered models that travels hundreds of miles on a single charge. These innovative transportation models are part of what one UCLA urban transportation expert calls "a brave new world" that puts traditional transportation thinking on its ear.
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Making mistakes is the key to learning
By Brian Stack
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." This phrase, etched into the minds of children for generations, was first popularized in a proverb by British educational writer William Edward Hickson in the late 1800s. It reminds us all how important mistakes are to the learning process.
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School bus driver saves special needs student from bus fire
Fire officials say no one was hurt when a school bus recently caught fire in Mesa, Arizona. The fire appears to have started in the engine compartment and spread through the bus, said Mesa fire spokesman Forrest Smith. Smith said the bus driver recognized smoke coming from the communication radio and quickly pulled over near Country Club and Brown, then got the school assistant and four children off the bus safely.
High school students more likely to bring weapons to school if bullied
The Huffington Post
About 200,000 bullied high-school students in the United States bring weapons — including guns, knives and clubs — to school, according to a new study. The researchers found that 9 percent of high school students who had been bullied in the past year carried a weapon to school, while 5 percent who had not been bullied carried a weapon. But among the students who were bullied the worst, 72 percent carried a weapon to school in the last month.
Video monitors in trucks, buses could save lives
USA Today via Chillicothe Gazette
Installing video-based safety monitors in the nation's fleet of large trucks and buses could reduce fatal crashes in which the truck or bus driver was at fault by more than 20 percent a year and save 801 lives, according to new research from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. At-fault truck and bus injury crashes could be cut by more than 35 percent, eliminating 39,000 injuries, researchers found. The projections are based on the use of in-vehicle video cameras that record driving behavior and send data back to the company.
School safety hotline funding clears legislature
A school safety hotline inspired by shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado is closer to getting a state boost. The House recently voted 65-0 to approve a bill to spend about $300,000 to fund the Safe2Tell hotline. That's an anonymous threat-gathering system created in 2004 for students and teachers to report threats and bullying. The measure has already passed the Senate and now awaits the governor's signature.
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