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LaHood Announces Efforts to Combat Distracted Driving
from Government Technology News
At the conclusion of a two-day summit on distracted driving in Washington, D.C., U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a series of actions the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation are taking to help put an end to distracted driving, especially school buses.
Improved Planning for Public Alert and Warning System
from U.S. Government Accountability Office
As the primary national-level public warning system, Emergency Alert System (EAS) is an important alert tool, but it exhibits longstanding weaknesses that limit its effectiveness. Federal Emergency Management Agency has projects under way to address some of these weaknesses with EAS. However, to date, little progress has been made since the Government Accountability Office's previous review in March 2007.
After Student Slain, Kids List the Perils of Walking to School
from The Chicago Tribune
The leisurely walk to school - once a tradition in American education - took on an air of fear and anxiety as some Fenger High School students in Chicago returned to campus for the first time since a classmate was beaten to death during a vicious melee near the school.
Massachusetts to Hold Transportation Conference, Developers Challenge
from Mass High Tech
Bay State officials in Massachusetts are looking for help to bring the public transportation sector into the digital world, with the announcement of a new conference and a coding challenge. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation is launching the 2009 EOT Developers Challenge, which will encourage developers to create both applications and data visualizations about transportation on the MBTA.
What Does It Take to Get Texting Off Roads?
from The Washington Post
If Americans fell in love with their cars in the 20th century, their love affair in the 21st is with the cellphone. There are 136 million cars on the road and 270 million cellphones. The two are not mixing well.
Ridgefield School Board Members Join Critics of Bus Route Problems
from Danbury News Times
The public anger over the fouled school bus routes in a Connecticut town left school board members just as exasperated as they demanded more accountability from the district's administrators. The school district voted earlier this year to reduce the number of buses the town, but the results have been a string of snafus.
Parents Filing Most Bullying Reports Under New Online System
from Tampa Bay Onlne
The first complaint came at the end of the first day of school. A boy at Randall Middle School in Lithia, Florida said he was struck on the head by another student as they rode the bus home. His mother reported the incident to Hillsborough County schools officials using the district's new anonymous online system.
BUS-WATCH® by REI
Safety on the street is important, but did you know that the Bus Watch program starts on the inside of your buses? More Info.
School Bus Radio Program Plays Its Last Tune
from U.S. News & World Report
BusRadio, a controversial radio programming system for school buses that was investigated during the summer by the Federal Communications Commission, is ceasing operations. According to a report released by School Transportation News, the economy is largely responsible for the closure of the four-year-old media company, which broadcast music, contests, public service announcements, and commercials to approximately 10,000 school buses and 1 million students in 24 states.
Sudden-Acceleration Cause Proves Divisive
from The Union Tribune
Runaway-car incidents happen often enough that they have their own acronym in vehicle-safety circles: SUA. It stands for “sudden, unintended acceleration,” a clinical phrase that's descriptive enough to hint at the terror that comes when a car speeds up seemingly all on its own.
Stimulus Fund Technology for Poor, Special Needs Students
from The Dallas Morning News
Federal economic stimulus money will shower interactive white boards to some school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The district plans to spend 40 percent of the expected more than $13 million in stimulus funds on technology. Most districts expect to get two pots of federal money. Under federal regulations, one will go to Title I schools, those with a high percentage of poor students. The other will go to special needs students.
Schools Pool Resources to Meet Costs of Teacher Development
from Southeast Missourian
The Southeast Missouri State University Regional Professional Development Center has been evaluating how it provides services to teachers across the region despite budget cuts and reduced personnel. The center offers continuing education for teachers in 90 school districts in Southeast Missouri. This year's state budget allocated about $6.5 million toward the operation of Southeast's center and 10 other centers across the state.
NTSB Offers Three-Day Course For Emergency Responders
"Transportation Disaster Response"
November 17-19, 2009
NTSB Training Center, Ashburn, VA
Whether you are involved in local, county, state or federal emergency response, this course is designed for you. Members of the NTSB, FBI, New Jersey State Police and other organization representatives will discuss the many challenges - operational and organizational - that emergency responders confront. Learn about communicating with the media, local communities & families of victims, terrorism incidents, events involving hazardous materials, collection of forensics, and the long-term repercussions facing disaster-affected communities.
For more information, visit
NTSB.gov, or contact NTSB Media Peter Knudson at (202) 314-6100, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Summit Updates
- Scholarship Award Winners
Congratulations to Susanna A. Hayes of Coulee Dam, WA, and Scott Franklin Burns, OR! They are the recipients of the 2009 Bluth-Eisman Field
Trip Scholarship and will each receive $500 toward field trip programs that will enhance learning for students in their districts.
|| Product Showcase: Transportation Solutions|
|Region 4 Education Service Center Transportation Solutions is changing its identity. Our new name is ITS (Innovative Transportation Solutions). In the coming weeks look for more details about the new identity and new web site. Be sure to stop by booth 537 at the NAPT Tradeshow to learn how we can assist your transportation department. Remember "ITS the Answer." Contact: Charley Kennington, Transportation Solutions 713-744-6362 or email email@example.com More info|
|| Product Showcase: UltraLED
The all-new UltraLED warning lamp from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. helps to insure student passenger safety through greater visibility of the school bus. Dual flash patterns provide a choice of “steady state” or “rapid flash” to provide the same attention getting strobe like effect found on most emergency vehicles today at the affordable cost of under $50. UltraLED from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. More info|
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Redistricting at the Click of a Mouse
"What if?" That’s the question you need to ask when managing changing student populations and building boundary scenarios. Trapeze Redistricting software allows you to balance classroom sizes, view the impact of boundary changes on enrolment and transportation and accurately forecast enrolment and transportation needs. Learn how Volusia County Schools saved countless man-hours with Trapeze Redistricting.
|| Product Showcase: ZONAR'S ZING|
ZONAR'S ZING is a powerful and intuitive dispatch, route management, navigation and two-way text messaging application that gives fleet managers unprecedented, real-time visibility and control. Two-way text messaging provides a powerful and easy-to-use communication link between drivers and dispatchers. ZING's user-friendly interface leverages the familiar look and feel of Zonar’s suite of award-winning productivity solutions. More info
|| Product Showcase: EduRunBuilder|
EduRunBuilder captures GPS and transportation specific data using a basic cell phone, making route data collection simple! The intuitive interface requires almost no training or understanding of software operations and audible voice prompts make the process fool proof. Simply put, there is no easier or quicker way to gather required transportation information than EduRunBuilder. More info