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May 3, 2011

72 percent say taxpayers not getting their money's worth from public schools
Rasmussen Reports
Voters overwhelmingly believe that taxpayers are not getting a good return on what they spend on public education, and just 1 in 3 voters think spending more will make a difference. Nationally, the United States spends an average of about $9,000 per student per year. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 11 percent of voters think the taxpayers are getting a good return on that investment.More

An open letter from Arne Duncan to America's teachers
Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan writes, "I have worked in education for much of my life. I have met with thousands of teachers in great schools and struggling schools, in big cities and small towns, and I have a deep and genuine appreciation for the work you do. I know that most teachers did not enter the profession for the money. You became teachers to make a difference in the lives of children, and for the hard work you do each day, you deserve to be respected, valued and supported."More

A transportation bill for rural America
Daily Yonder
The quality and quantity of the transportation systems that serve rural America have been steadily eroding for many decades. Transportation is an essential component of rural economic development and quality of life. However, in the past federal transportation priorities and investments have not always been adequately aligned with local and regional needs and priorities because of structural impediments to collaboration.More

New technology aims to improve safety on school buses
Every parent wants their child to be safe inside and outside the classroom. Now, Monson Public Schools in Monson, Mass., is taking steps to make sure safety is a priority on school buses. Bus drivers for Monson Public Schools had the chance to use a new piece of technology to complete their annual training this year: a driving simulator.More

America's transport infrastructure: Life in the slow lane
The Economist
Americans are gloomy about their economy's ability to produce. Are they right to be? This article looks at two areas of concern: transport infrastructure and innovation.More

How schools can get better media coverage in the digital news ecosystem
According to a new study by the Brookings Institution, Americans want more news coverage of their public schools. But to improve the media's coverage of public education, school leaders must learn how to navigate the new digital news ecosystem.More

10 states move forward with 'distracted driving' efforts
Land Line
The feds already have singled out truckers for texting while driving. Now states dotting the country are pushing forward with legislation that is intended to curb driver distractions for all drivers. During 2010, nearly a dozen states acted to prohibit texting while driving. In all, 30 states are enforcing bans, with many more aggressively pursuing similar actions.More

California highways could be source of green energy
CNET Reviews
It might seem a little ironic, but automotive traffic could be the next source of green energy. A bill for a pilot program that will harness road vibration and convert it to energy passed recently in the California State Assembly's Natural Resources Committee.More

High prices fueling concern
The Northern Virginia Daily
Area public school systems are taking precautions now to avoid feeling the pinch at the pump as fuel prices keep climbing. Many school transportation departments now must strike a delicate balance: reducing fuel costs without affecting the quality of service and the ability to provide safe and reliable transportation.More

Obama administration efforts seek to boost jobs, small businesses
Department of Transportation Fastlane
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood writes, "At the Department of Transportation, we have been proud to support our economic recovery through thousands of road, bridge, airport, rail, transit and port projects. We're also doing our part to help boost jobs by expanding opportunities for small businesses."More

ABAF study: Commercial bus industry most cost effective public transportation
AASHTO Journal
A new study recently released by the American Bus Association Foundation has found that the private commercial bus industry is the most cost-effective mode of public transportation in the United States. The motorcoach industry takes travelers on some 745 million passenger trips a year and does so with practically no federal subsidy, ABAF asserts.More