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4 Weeks to Beginning of 'Love the Bus' Month
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Love the bus? You know you do. So show it during the 3rd Annual "Love the Bus" celebration next month.

Here are some easy things you can do to share the love:
  • Ensure all transportation staff, school administrators and school board members in your community are aware of the "Love the Bus" program. Visit to download a FREE toolkit and other resources that will help people share the love in your community.

  • Send a brief letter and/or email to all school principals in your district to let them know about the "Love the Bus" program and encourage them to visit the LTB website. Encourage them to share the love by sending a note to the instructional staff informing them that teachers can download a FREE lesson plan for LTB week.

  • Ask your school principals to allow buses to park at schools during the day on Feb. 14 so that teachers can take their students on a low cost "field trip" and deliver Valentine cards to share the love with bus drivers.

    (Please note: This is typically educational and interesting for students who are non-bus riders, too.) Send them to and to view the potential of this activity.

  • Contact your district's Public Information Office or communication staff and encourage them to view the Yellow School Bus Champions presentation available on the American School Bus Council website ( Offer to help them develop a press release that explains the economic, environmental and safety benefits that your school buses provide to the local community.


Surovell introduces bill to close loophole in school bus law
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Del. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, has pre-filed a bill that would close a 40-year-old loophole in a law intended to prevent drivers from passing a stopped school bus. The statute currently reads: "A person is guilty of reckless driving who fails to stop, when approaching from any direction, any school bus which is stopped on any highway, private road or school driveway for the purpose of taking on or discharging children." More

Kansas City, Kansas Public School buses going green
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The Kansas City, Kansas Public School District has purchased 47 Thomas Built HDX rear engine buses, powered by compressed natural gas. Acquisition of the buses, infrastructure and equipment was made possible by a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy distributed through the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition and matching funds from Kansas City Kansas Public Schools. More

Cook-Illinois Corporation Among Greenest in Country
Cook-Illinois Corporation was the first in Illinois to switch to biodiesel fuel, create a clean air museum for kids and purchase a hybrid school bus. Check us out at: MORE

MCS students to take online courses
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Starting with this year's freshmen, every city school student in Memphis, Tenn. must take one online course to graduate, a nod to the ubiquity of the Internet, of course, but also its power to shape personal outcomes. Take 17-year-old DeMarcus Oliver at Whitehaven High School. If not for e-learning, he'd be registering for his senior year next year. Instead, he's taking English IV — the only senior-level class he needs — at home after a full day of school, and he's planning to graduate a year early this spring. "I get home from school, eat dinner and then get on e-school for three or four hours. I love everything about it." More

Utah lawmaker wants ads on school buses
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A Utah lawmaker wants cash-strapped school districts to be allowed to sell advertising on school buses. Utah has the nation's largest class sizes and spends less per student than any other state. Opponents contend that while schools always could use more money, private businesses shouldn't have to compete with school districts for sales and that children shouldn't have to be subjected to an onslaught of advertising as they go home each day. But Rep. Jim Bird, a Republican, says there's little difference between placing an ad on the side of a school bus and the plethora of ads students already see at school. More

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Brave new world: Teachers find benefits of digital technology
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The sign on the classroom wall prohibits the use of handheld communication devices, yet on this December morning all 28 students in Lori Hunt's algebra II class are texting on their cell phones. But these Middleton (Wisconsin) High School students are not a defiant bunch of teens. With Hunt's blessing, they're using their cell phones to text answers to math problems. Every answer appears anonymously on a wall-mounted, interactive, electronic whiteboard all students can see. More

The (new) social network
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For the novice, the term "social media" refers to the use of Web-based technologies for social interaction. Some of the more familiar (and popular) examples include Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube — although the list continues to grow and diversify by the day. On the surface, the use of social media may seem like an activity more suited for techno-geeks and 14-year-olds, and truckers, for their part, may not seem likely followers of technological trends. But a quick search on Twitter provides ample evidence to the contrary. More

Ford to let parents censor teens' car radio
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Ford Motor is giving parents the chance to send Howard Stern a message: Stay away from my teenage driver. The automaker will announced Dec. 29 that it will create a system that allows parents to block 16 channels on Sirius Satellite Radio that could carry raunchy programming. The channels include those of shock jock Stern, Playboy, Hip-Hop Nation and Raw Dog Comedy. "There's a lot of mature-content programming out there, and it could be somewhat of a distraction for less-mature ears," says Andy Sarkisian, Ford's safety planning and strategy manager. More

Hutchison: EPA climate rules like 'a new gas tax'
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Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to delay plans to implement new greenhouse-gas standards on oil refineries, arguing the regulations would amount to "a new gas tax." The new greenhouse-gas standards "will hurt every American driver, trucker, farmer and flier with higher gasoline, diesel and jet fuel prices," Hutchison said in a letter sent Dec. 29 to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. "Higher prices passed on to consumers will feel like a new gas tax." More

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CMV hand-held phone ban proposed by FMCSA
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Choosing not to follow the advice of the National Transportation Safety Board and its own Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has decided to propose a ban on the use of hand-held mobile phones by drivers of commercial motor vehicles while they are operating in interstate commerce. It proposed to disqualify any operator convicted of violating a state or local traffic law or ordinance that restricts or prohibits hand-held mobile phone use while driving a CMV for 60 days after a second conviction and 120 days after a third or subsequent conviction within a three-year period and to add state or local laws or ordinances restricting or prohibiting hand-held mobile phone use to the list of "serious" traffic offenses. More

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Why your child's school bus has no seat belts
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Ashley Brown, 16, and Alicia Bonura, 18, both of Beaumont, Texas, died March 29, 2006. They were on a bus carrying their West Brook High School soccer team when it overturned near Devers, Texas, on its way to a playoff game in Humble. Steve Forman's daughter Allison was among 21 other team members who were injured. Steve Forman and Brad Brown, Ashley's father, are convinced that things would have been very different if only the bus had been equipped with seat belts. More

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