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Sept. 20, 2011

Parents speak out on bullying after son's death
CBS News
VideoBrief The Obama administration is holding its third summit on bullying this week in Washington, D.C. It's a huge problem for American children. By one estimate, as many as 160,000 students stay home on any given day because they're afraid of bullies. In January in Monroe, N.Y., a 14-year-old victim took his own life. And now his parents are fighting back.More

TSA rolling out new screening procedures to avoid child pat downs
New York Daily News
When it comes to screening children, the TSA is getting out of the frisking business. Responding to backlash over its pat-down policy, the TSA is rolling out new procedures aimed at lowering the number of physical searches of children.More

Engaging students with Twitter
THE Journal
On any given school day you can find Enrique Legaspi's eighth-grade history and leadership class at Hollenbeck Middle School in Los Angeles using Twitter to learn more about the events of World War I, collect and share information about the women's suffrage movement, and round up information about university-level programs. It's all in a day's teaching for Legaspi, who has been using Twitter actively in his classroom since learning of the micro-blogging platform's educational applicability from other educators.More

Airlines plan to reduce flying next year
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
Airlines are putting next year's growth plans on hold, with high fuel prices and a sluggish economy forcing them to reconsider which flights make money and cut the ones that won't. The recently announced plans suggested that airlines will match the supply of seats to the number that passengers are willing to buy.More

Study: Graduated driver license laws don't protect older teens
CBS News
Do stringent driver's license laws help keep teen motorists safe? A nationwide study shows that so-called "graduated" driver license laws do seem to curb fewer fatal crashes among 16-year-olds but not among 18-year-olds. Many states now require young drivers to get experience behind the wheel, including driving with an adult, before getting a license with full privileges. But those laws typically apply only to those under age 18. The new study suggests teens simply put off getting a license until they turn 18 — meaning they have little experience and higher odds for a deadly crash.More

TxDOT urges Texans to 'buckle them right' during Child Passenger Safety Week — Sept. 18-24
PR Newswire
According to figures from the National Center for Health Statistics, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 14 years old and younger. The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that roughly 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used correctly. Correctly installed child safety seats and booster seats save lives — offering the best protection for children in the event of a crash. The Texas Department of Transportation, along with SafeKids, will be offering free safety seat check-ups and advice throughout Texas during Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 18-24.More

Board urges cellphone ban for all commercial drivers
The New York Times
After a Kentucky truck crash that killed 11 people, top federal safety investigators vastly broadened their recommendations on cellphones on Tuesday and said all commercial drivers should be forbidden to use them, whether hand-held or not, except in emergencies. The Department of Transportation is already considering a rule to ban the nation's 3.7 million commercial drivers from talking on cellphones; last year it banned them from texting. "It's just too dangerous," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who described himself as being "on a rampage" on the subject.More

Bus driver sings praises of safety
The Telegraph
A singing bus driver set the tone for a student assembly, offering ballads as a way to educate the youngsters about school bus safety. David Winfree, a five-year driving veteran with the Roxana School District in Illinois, sang about the importance of following safety rules and being respectful. He asked the students to sign a safety pledge.More

Solo drivers of low-emission autos fume over fees to use carpool lanes
Los Angeles Times
Drivers of electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles enjoy a special perk: They can drive solo in California's carpool lanes. But under a controversial plan proposed by local traffic agencies, those drivers will have to pay to use two heavily used carpool lanes that are being converted to toll roads.More

Inspection program puts school bus safety to the test
Shore News Today
Recently, a group of second-graders from the H.R. Swift Elementary School in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., spent the morning dishing out grades rather than receiving them. Armed with clipboards and safety checklists, the children climbed aboard Egg Harbor Township Public Schools bus No. 2610 to make sure it was up to par, creating their own report cards for the bus as they checked to see if it was fit to transport the township's most precious cargo. More