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Nov. 22, 2011

Obama seeks to double auto fuel economy by 2025
USA Today
In an historic move to boost fuel efficiency, the Obama administration recently proposed to nearly double the required miles per gallon for passenger cars and light trucks by 2025. The formal proposal follows President Barack Obama's agreement with 13 major automakers, announced in July, to gradually boost these vehicles' fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon — up from the current standard of 27.3 mpg. Last year, the administration finalized rules to hike the standard to 35.5 mpg by 2016.More

This holiday season, make your flight even safer with these simple travel tips
Department of Transportation Fastlane
Another year has passed, and the holiday season is upon us once again. With tens of millions of Americans set to take to the air this week and throughout the next six weeks, travelers need to take an active role in aviation safety. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood writes, "As I've mentioned before, we operate the safest transportation system in the world, but we can all take a few simple steps to keep ourselves and our loved ones even safer this holiday season, and every time we fly."More

Keeping students safe on the bus
VideoBrief There are more than 400,000 school buses on the road, transporting more than 24 million kids to school, home and to other related activities. The first priority is keeping those little ones safe.More

TSA implements new security procedures to ease holiday travel
Fox News
More than 23 million people will travel through U.S. airports for the Thanksgiving holiday, and this year the trip through security might be a little less of a hassle. The Transportation Security Administration is unveiling new security measures this week aimed at easing long lines and frustration among passengers.More

Study: Cyberbullying associated with greater psychological distress than bullying at high school
The Boston Globe
High school students who are bullied online are more likely to report symptoms of depression and suicide attempts than students who were bullied only at school, according to a recent survey of students in the communities west of Boston. The study, which appears on the website of the American Journal of Public Health, also found that girls are more likely than boys to report being victims of cyberbullying, and students who do not identify themselves as heterosexual are more likely to report being bullied online and at school.More

Gas paradox: Falling demand, rising prices
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. gasoline demand has dropped to a 12-year low, yet consumers are paying the highest-ever prices for this time of year. The reason: Rising global oil prices are in the driver's seat.More

10 ways to change the minds of tech-reluctant staff
eSchool News
We often hear about tech-savvy educators and administrators who have an array of best practices and whose love for technology is evident. But as anyone who's ever been part of a school or district knows, not all teachers and administrators are as comfortable or familiar with technology.More

Aging bus fleet driving increase in maintenance costs
The Conway Daily Sun
The Conway, N.H., School District's bus replacement schedule has gone off course due to a New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration ruling on last year's school budget. Jim Hill, director of administrative services for SAU 9, explained that the loss of a capital reserve fund warrant article for buses in the amount of $135,000 throws a monkey wrench in the rotation and replacement schedule. The schedule was already being stretched by the district's desire to run the buses for more miles and longer years.More

Study ranks top congested freeway corridors in US
How congested are your city's highways? Although it may come as little surprise to residents of Los Angeles, the city's metro area is home to 7 of the top 10 most congested corridors in the country. San Francisco and New York have the dubious honor of rounding out the top ten, according to the Texas Transportation Institute's 2011 Congested Corridors Report. More

Machines simulate, teach about impaired, distracted driving
Yankton Daily Press
All it takes is one careless moment behind the wheel of a vehicle to create a tragedy. That's the lesson Mount Marty College students in Yankton, S.D., recently learned while using two Virtual Driver Interactive simulators that demonstrate the consequences of impaired or distracted driving.More

House GOP proposes expanded oil drilling to fund transportation spending
The Washington Post
House Republicans recently proposed an expansion of domestic oil production to fund a long-term transportation spending bill, a plan that set the stage for a showdown with Senate Democrats who don't want highway funding coupled with drilling for new oil. House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) said he hopes to pass a multi-year surface transportation bill by year's end that would serve as the centerpiece of a GOP jobs plan. He said expanded drilling could "provide a new revenue stream for infrastructure repair and improvement."More

Bullying: We're against it, but can we agree on a definition?
The Washington Post
Culturally, almost all of us have come to understand that bullying is unacceptable. Unlike a few decades ago — or less — when harsh schoolyard treatment was overlooked, most states now ban bullying and schools have adopted anti-bullying programs. Obviously, it remains a problem. Part of the reason may be that the language that bans bullying tends to be vague and open for interpretation. That's often by design. Though we can all agree that bullying is wrong, we can't agree on exactly what it is.More