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Oct. 23, 2012

Bully study hype? Do 80 percent in high school really see bullying weekly?
The Christian Science Monitor
The anti-bullying movement got an injection of new, shocking statistics to work with in a online survey that suggests 80 percent of high school students see bullying incidents each week. But considering the uncertainties of what bullying really is, this may not be a fair snapshot of the life of American teens.More

Bus driver saves student's life
Oregon Coast Daily News
"That's why we don't eat on the bus!" That's what Newport school bus driver Jim McIntyre told students on his afternoon route Oct. 17, just moments after he calmly performed the Heimlich maneuver on a choking student, neatly popping out a piece of candy.More

Race-car-driving teens talk about safety
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently recognizing National Teen Driver Safety Week with three very personal stories from teen drivers who happen to share a unique occupation. Transportation secretary writes, "My thanks to these special young men for stepping up and speaking out for safe driving."More

EPA invests $30 million to reduce diesel pollution
Natural Resources Defense Council
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency awarded $30 million in funding to diesel clean-up projects across the nation through the Diesel Emission Reduction Act. The program has invested in more than 500 diesel clean-up projects since it began in 2008, reducing hundreds of thousands of tons of air pollution and saving millions of gallons of fuel. It is especially exciting to see these smart investments continue since DERA has seen threats to its funding in these lean economic times.More

GPS system tracks Georgia school buses
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It used to happen several times a day: A frustrated Cobb County parent would call to say the bus hadn't stopped that morning to pick up her child. Whether the child overslept and missed the bus or the driver actually did pass up the stop, school administrators had no way of knowing. So the district paid for the additional gas, and sometimes overtime, to send a bus driver back out to pick up the child. Today, those so-called "courtesy runs" have been drastically reduced, as have parent complaints. And Cobb County school officials are crediting a device no bigger than a cellphone. The district has joined Fulton, Henry and Clayton counties in installing GPS tracking devices on their buses.More

Anti-bullying ad sends gut-wrenching message to a different audience: Adults
VideoBriefIt's an anti-bullying message designed to hit home with a different audience — adults. And it hits hard. The set is an office breakroom. The office bully calls a coworker names, then pushes and threatens him, even as horrified colleagues pretend not to notice. In the end, the boss intervenes, but not to bring justice — just to tell the bully and the victim to "get back to work." Anyone who watches the public service announcement, "Break Bullying," would see no office would allow the scene to play out that way. And that's the point, according to the organization Not in Our School and Mike Nelson, the producer of the spot: If we wouldn't stand for bullying as adults, why do we allow it to happen in our schools?More

Police to spy on drivers suspected of texting in federal test
Yahoo News
As more states ban texting behind the wheel in a fight against deadly driver distractions, police departments around the country have found enforcing those laws difficult, if not impossible. Now a new federal grant will pay for experimenting with the only technique shown to work so far — spying on motorists while they drive. The $550,000 grant announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will let police departments in Connecticut and Massachusetts test a variety of anti-texting moves over the next two years, from ad campaigns to roving patrols. The aim: To find "real-world protocols and practices to better detect if a person is texting while driving," said NHTSA chief David Strickland.More

Educators at some high schools tout benefits of 4-day week
Yahoo News
School officials in districts across the country are moving to three-day weekends in order to battle budget constraints. Nearly 300 districts operated on a four-day school week last year, with several additional districts making the move this year, and more contemplating the move for 2013. Cutting an instruction day allows schools to trim transportation, janitorial and utility costs.More

Diesel ticks up a nickel as winter begins
Fleet Owner Magazine
The average price of diesel in the U.S. increased 5.6 cents to $4.15 per gallon this past week, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration — adding that expectations for a "normal" cold winter is already boosting demand for heating oil, which could lead to further hikes diesel fuel prices as both are made from the same petroleum distillate stock.More

Project Spin takes on bullying at schools
VideoBriefSchool bullying can have deadly consequences. A project in Los Angeles is taking on bullying to protect children and help them see a brighter future. Project Spin is training teachers, students and families and spreading public awareness about bullying and teen suicide. It's a partnership between LAUSD and other various organizations to make sure they're doing everything they can to prevent children from killing themselves.More