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Date & Time: Wednesday, May 27 @ 1pm ET
Title: Celebrating School Bus Safety: Behind the Scenes of National School Bus Safety Week
Presenters: Jackie Fields, Director of Transportation, Belton ISD (Retired); Joe Hart, Director of Transportation, Killeen ISD; Steve Kalmes, Owner, JSK Transportation Consulting; Bill Tousley, Director of Transportation Farmington Public Schools (Retired)
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- Digital Camera Systems: How Many Cameras and Where to Mount Them
- GPS Systems: Passive or Active Systems
- GPS: Are You Using it to Your Advantage?
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 29 @ 1pm ET
Title: Transportation Technology: Don't Let It DRIVE You Crazy
Presenters: Steve Simmons, III, Director of Transportation, Columbus City Schools, NAPT President-Elect and Jeff Vrabel, Director of Fleet Services, Columbus City Schools
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NTSB reviews the benefits of commercial vehicle onboard video systems
National Transportation Safety Board
Last week the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a safety report on the benefits of commercial vehicle onboard video systems. NAPT leaders will respond to the NTSB's recommendation and share additional information with our members in the coming weeks.
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School Board: No advertisements on buses
Reno Gazette Journal
The Washoe County School Board in Nevada quickly dismissed any consideration of slapping advertisements onto the sides of its 322 school buses. The idea has been floating around in the Washoe County School District for years. District officials heavily researched the idea in 2010 as a revenue generator for schools suffering through the recession. A media company said it could generate $800,000 for the district in the first four years. State law explicitly allows bus advertisements, as long as they don't promote violence, drugs, firearms, any religious organization or political cause. Revenues must be used "only to purchase textbooks and laboratory equipment and to pay for field trips," according to Nevada law.
For kids, bullying by peers is worse than abuse from adults
A long-term study shows that children who were bullied have more trouble in adulthood than children mistreated by their parents. Peers may be worse than parents when it comes to the psychological effects of disparaging words and harassment. A study published in The Lancet Psychiatry reports that children who were bullied by peers had significant mental health problems as adults — even more significant than children who were mistreated by their parents or caregivers.
How propane autogas is panning out for a New York school district
When it comes to transportation costs, school districts throughout New York State are constantly searching for ways to improve efficiency. At Washingtonville Central School District, located in Washingtonville, New York, we found that changing our bus fuel has improved finances and positioned us as a leader in environmental initiatives and a model for the community. We operate an 89-bus fleet to transport more than 5,000 students to 28 Orange County area schools — public, private and parochial. Currently, 18 buses are fueled by propane autogas. We recently ordered nine more Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision Type C buses, which would make 30 percent of our fleet powered by an alternative fuel.
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School accountability: Where do we stand?
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
In the light of the raging debates on school accountability and the opposition to Common Core testing, a decade-old thesis has found new relevance. "Does School Accountability Lead to Improved Student Performance?" has reached an important milestone since it has singularly influenced major education reforms since it was published in 2005. When teachers and schools are held accountable for students' performance, grades have significantly improved. But more importantly, we've also seen how test results are ineffective in determining the real picture of student achievements and growth or potential.
Parents raise safety concerns over bus overcrowding
Paulding County, Georgia, parents say they are concerned about their children's safety on school buses after seeing students being forced to sit in the aisles because of overcrowding. One of those concerned parents contacted Channel 2 Action News through Facebook about the issue. Miranda Coon sent cellphone photos depicting students crowding the bus and sitting in the aisle on her son’s bus route from Paulding County High School.
Education Department reminds schools they can't ignore LGBT harassment
The Huffington Post
The U.S. Department of Education released guidance to remind schools that they must respond to reports of harassment based on gender identity or sexual orientation, and that each school is expected to have a Title IX coordinator handling such cases. The Education Department's Dear Colleague letter and resource guide is the latest step in the Obama administration's ramping up of enforcement under Title IX, which bars discrimination on the basis of sex in K-12 schools and colleges. The department clarified in a major 2011 release that colleges must address allegations of sexual assault on campus, and last year it said that Title IX protects gay and transgender students from discrimination as well.
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Districts turn school buses into WiFi zones
Some school districts are taking advantage of vehicles used to transport students to and from school by using school buses as "moving WiFi zones, stationary hotspots or both," according to TheJournal.com. By doing this, the school districts hope to give students who don't have internet access at home extended wireless access. In Coachella Valley Unified School District, Superintendent Darryl Adams thought of turning buses into WiFi zones to address the issue that "only about 60 percent of the student population has Internet access at home," he said, according to the article.
Doctors say head lice should not bar kids from school
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
Outbreaks of head lice in kids can be effectively treated without banning infected children from school, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics say. In fact, the AAP believes that doctors and other health care professionals should educate schools and communities that "no-nit" policies are unfair and should not be implemented. Children found to have head lice or nits can finish the school day, be treated and return to school, the AAP says.
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Federal aid formulas a sticky issue in ESEA debate
When the Senate education committee marked up and approved a bipartisan rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act earlier this month, one of the few issues members sparred over was changing a formula used to distribute federal funds to states and school districts for activities such as teacher preparation. Meanwhile, the committee didn't touch another complex, long-standing, and politically sensitive issue: the way Title I money for low-income students flows to states and districts.
Parents say more buses are needed to fix Charleston County school bell times
The Post and Courier
Parents continue to oppose a proposal that would start the school day at elementary schools in North Charleston, West Ashley and Johns Island at 7:15 a.m. A handful of parents raised concerns with the plan to the Charleston County School Board, saying the proposal will require students to get up earlier than 6 a.m. to catch a school bus before sunrise. Several parents said earlier start times for elementary students will mean parents will have to pay for extra child care when their children are dismissed earlier.
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