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Cell-phone ban for CTA workers leads to 11 firings
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Ten Chicago Transit Authority bus drivers and one rail employee have been fired in the last four months for violating the transit agency's new zero-tolerance rule banning the use of personal cell phones and other electronic devices while on duty, according to records obtained by the Tribune. More

EPA unveils new policies on water at schools
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The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a new national strategy to enforce safe drinking water laws in small, rural communities and pledged to redouble efforts to protect children from toxic water in schools. More

Kansas late on payments to schools
The Topeka Capital-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A cash crunch forced Kansas to delay $173 million in aid payments to its public schools this month, and a top education official said that a few districts need help from the state to make their December payrolls. More

Save $100 on Special Transportation Training
Register by December 30 for the 19th National Conference & Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers and save $100. Free breakfasts and lunches, $119 room rate at Doubletree Hotel, best practices training by recognized experts. Our General Session has the recipe for tough times: Special Needs Transportation in a Sour Economy: Avoiding Unintended Consequences of Retrenching. MORE

School bus driver implores: stop endangering kids
Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution received a moving letter from a school bus driver in the wake of the death of a 5-year-old girl in Cobb, Ga., as she exited a school bus. More

EPA declares Greenhouse gases a danger; vehicle emissions regulation next step
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency legally declared that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases threaten public health and welfare, triggering a requirement of the Clean Air Act that such emissions be regulated. Automobile emissions are expected to be the first subject of the new climate rules. More

Paterson cuts $750 million in school and local aid
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Gov. David A. Paterson announced that he would unilaterally withhold $750 million in scheduled payments to schools and local governments, saying that strong action was necessary to protect New York State from insolvency. More

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Plainview school buses were booze party vehicles
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Plainview school buses no longer will be rented out for parties after some college students in Lubbock, Tx., allegedly drank shots of liquor on board. More

Redlands High School students could lose bus services
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Budget cuts soon could force the Redlands Unified School District to stop using buses to take high school students from home to school and back. More

ES-M parents upset over restrictions on when Santa can visit school
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For years, Santa has visited Syracuse, N.Y., Woodland Elementary School's cafeteria on the day before the holiday break in December to mingle with the children and pass out candy canes. But, this year Santa's visits have new strings attached. More

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New publication: Incorporating Weather Impacts in Traffic Estimation and Prediction Systems
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Traffic analysis tools used in practice typically ignore the effect of weather, and hence lack essential features to support weather-related traffic management. This study overcomes this deficiency by developing weather-sensitive traffic prediction and estimation models and incorporating them in Traffic Estimation and Prediction tools. More

New publication: Road Weather Management Performance Metrics: Implementation and Assessment
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Guided by goals in national legislation, FHWA's Road Weather Management Program seeks to improve the level of service on roads and reduce vehicle crashes through a combination of road weather research, scientific innovations to invigorate the private sector weather enterprise, and multifaceted education and outreach programs to engage public transportation agencies. More

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Call for Presentations at the 2010 Annual Conference

The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) announces its Call for Presentations at the 2010 Annual Conference -- The NAPT Summit -- to be held October 30 - November 4, 2010 in Portland, Oregon.

Interested participants are invited to visit. Click here for more information or to submit a topic.

Chair of House Committee Would Ban Restraint of Spec Ed Students

George Miller, D-Calif., Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor introduced legislation on December 9, 2009, that would prohibit Individual Education Plan Teams from using language on restraint or seclusion in a student's education plan.

The bill, called "Preventing Abusive Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act," officially known as H.R. 4247, states, "The use of physical restraint or seclusion as a planned intervention shall not be written into a student's education plan, individual safety plan behavioral plan or an IEP."

Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., has proposed similar legislation in the upper house. Dodd's bill, however, has language that permits Local Education Agencies (LEA) to "establish policies for use of physical restraint and seclusion in school safety or crisis plans, provided that they aren't specific to any individual student."

Miller's bill applies to all public and private schools that receive support "in any form from any program supported in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, with funds appropriated to the Department of Education." It would also apply to schools that serve students who receive such support, as well as nonschool programs "under the jurisdiction of a school, educational service agency, or other educational institution or program."

For more information about this Bill, click here.

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