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Field trip planning made easier: Why tracking software is essential
Most experts agree that taking students on field trips is a positive educational experience. A recent study cited by the National Education Foundation found that, regardless of a student's socioeconomic status, gender or ethnicity, students who take field trips benefit from higher grades, a higher graduation rate and a greater chance of future success.
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  Illegal passing of school buses: 2015 Florida survey results
BusBoss
Survey results released by the Florida Department of Education indicate that illegal passing of school buses is a continued problem. Nearly 10,000 drivers across the state participated in the survey, which documented the number and type of illegal incidents, along with what part of the day they took place. Unfortunately, illegal passing is not unique to Florida.


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Trivia Question

Last Month's Answer: 10

This Month's Question:In which hand is the Statue of Liberty's torch?
 
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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS


  EPA awards $6.3M to reduce diesel emissions
School Bus Fleet
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $6 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Act funds in the Pacific Southwest. The total of $6,329,500 goes to public and private partners in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and American Samoa.


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  Preparing before the disaster strikes
School Transportation News
The severe weather experienced by the Louisiana parishes of Baton Rouge, Livingston and St. Helena last August was nothing short of the apex of natural disaster. With the grounds already saturated from previous rains, an unimaginable torrent of rain hit the area, dumping two feet of rain in less than 48 hours. Waters rose so quickly and unexpectedly in the heart of Louisiana that bus drivers were forced to stop taking children to school in mid-route.


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FUN NEWS


  16 kids who restored our faith in humanity in 2016
The Huffington Post
In a year marked by rising hate crimes, political turmoil and the deaths of beloved icons, it’s easy to lose hope for the future. But in spite of everything, there are many vestiges of goodness in humanity. This is especially clear when it comes to children. As 2016 nears its end, we looked back at some of the most inspiring acts of kindness, courage and creativity from kids this year.


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  'Magic School Bus' reboot will have original students, 'tons of cameos'
NY Daily News
Ms. Frizzle returns! The "Magic School Bus" reboot, which was first announced in 2014, will return with some old favorites, producer Stu Stone told TMZ. The Netflix revival is apparently top-secret, but Stone, who also voiced Ralphie in the show, revealed that he's already returned to the red-headed teacher's classroom.


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Facts about the month of January
  • January 1st, 1776, the first American flag, the "Grand Union" was presented. Betsy Ross later added the stars in place of the Union Jack
  • January is National Soup Month in the U.S.
  • January 1st became the start of the "new year" in 1622
  • Alaska was admitted as 49th U.S. state in January of 1959
  • January's gem is garnet which represents constancy
  • The Anglo-Saxons called January "Wulfmonath" as it was the month hungry wolves came scavenging at peoples' doors
  • The only Shakespeare plays that mention January are Much Ado About Nothing and Winter's Tale.
  • More couples separate or divorce in January than in any other month
  • The flower symbol of January is snowdrop & carnation
  • The first iPhone was unveiled on January 9, 2007



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