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Is There a Student Hiding on Your Bus?

A driver and attendant allegedly left a 13-year-old on their bus twice, but the charges against them were dropped. The attendant says the boy “intentionally hid.” But is that a valid excuse? Stock photo by John Horton

A school bus driver and attendant allegedly left a 13-year-old boy on their bus twice, but the charges against them were ultimately dropped. The attendant says the boy “intentionally hid.” But is that a valid excuse?

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'Phemie' Brightened School Bus Rides

For years, Margaret “Phemie” Hunka waved and held up signs for students riding buses by her home in Alberta. She passed away last year.

For years, Margaret “Phemie” Hunka waved and held up signs for students riding buses by her home in Alberta. Her daughter-in-law, school bus driver Debbie Hunka, shares a tribute to Phemie, who died last year.

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A different look at school operations

Author Jim Beekman says that the goal of school district support services, including transportation, is to “ensure barriers do not exist in the education of a child.”

Transportation veteran Jim Beekman says he sees a paradigm shift that is vital: one that identifies cost per program so decisions use a base of data to support objectives, not just the old methodology of “sounds good to me.”

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Are severe stop-arm fines effective?

Setting stop-arm fine amounts that drivers will take seriously is important. But if the penalties become too steep, do they become ineffective? Photo courtesy NHTSA

Setting stop-arm fine amounts that drivers will take seriously is important. But if the penalties become too steep, do they become ineffective? For example, Iowa has seen more violations pleaded down or dismissed since increasing fines.

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