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The benefits of aggressive claims collection for school bus businesses
September 2, 2014
For school bus contractors, maximizing claims collection after crashes recovers significant costs for repairs and loss-of-use. The extra revenue can help in increasing the client base and can even be put toward accident reduction initiatives.
Stop-arm cameras violate surveillance ban, critics say
July 22, 2014
Those opposed to the newly-installed cameras on Iowa City (Iowa) Community School District school buses say they violate the city’s traffic camera ban, and systems like this are designed to create revenue, not improve safety. Iowa City Attorney Eleanor Dilkes disagrees, saying that the law bans traffic cameras only for “qualified traffic violations” and stop-arm violations are not included.
Judge rules district owes $770K for bus collision
July 17, 2014
Norris School District is ordered to pay 70% of the damages awarded to Jeff Hall, a pickup truck driver injured in a 2009 collision with a district school bus. The Nebraska Supreme Court overrules a 2010 ruling by the trial court that apportioned 20% of the liability to the county, instructing the trial court to reapportion it between the truck driver and the district. The trial court judge orders the district to cover all 20% plus the initial 50% he had previously ordered it to pay.
NYAPT names senator ‘Legislator of the Year’
November 12, 2013
The association recognizes Sen. Catharine Young’s introduction of legislation that would allow evidence collected by stop-arm cameras to be used to prosecute motorists who pass stopped school buses illegally. If enacted, the legislation would also establish a minimum fine of between $250 and $400 with no points for a first violation when the violation is based on camera evidence, with increasing penalties for repeat offenses.
Education Compliance Group offers sale on training videos, book
May 8, 2013
All four of Peggy Burns' video training programs and her book on special-needs transportation are available at a 50% discount until Aug. 15.
Special-education attorney to speak at NAPT Summit
March 14, 2012
Melinda Jacobs has worked in this field for nearly 30 years and has spent the last 16 representing school systems in special-education matters. In addition to presentations, she has authored several publications and articles on special-education law, and has written and produced a series of audio and videotapes on the topic.
Training videos on sale at Education Compliance Group
October 24, 2011
With owner Peggy Burns moving soon, the company is offering a 25-percent discount on all video training programs until Nov. 16.
Legal Routes lowers fee, offers free issue
August 16, 2011
In celebration of its upcoming 10th anniversary, the pupil transportation law publication rolls back its subscription fees and gives away a free eight-page premium edition to new and renewing subscribers.
Discount offered on anti-harassment video training
July 15, 2011
Peggy Burns’ Putting the Brakes on Harassment is aimed at helping school bus drivers recognize and address student-to-student harassment. Through Aug. 31, the program can be ordered at $50 off of the regular price.
NAPT special-needs training program offered nationwide
July 8, 2011
The association’s Special Needs Training Program will be available throughout the year at various events around the country. The curriculum explores such issues as the legal basis for special-needs transportation, and activities include observation of or participation in a special-needs roadeo and attendance at a trade show featuring special-needs products and services.
Bullying and Harassment: Thin Line and Thin Ice
May 5, 2011

An expert on legal issues in school transportation discusses the distinction between bullying and harassment and offers best practices for dealing with both on the bus.

Driver sentenced for DUI in special-needs bus crash
December 30, 2010
A bus driver who injected heroin while operating a special-needs bus for a Pennsylvania school district in 2009 and subsequently crashed will serve up to 23 months in jail.
Legal guide to special-needs transportation
October 7, 2010

A new book by Peggy A. Burns, Esq., and Lisa J. Hudson provides lessons learned from legal disputes.

NAPT Summit to offer workshops on special-needs issues
October 1, 2010
Specific topics to be covered during the event in Portland, Ore., in October and November include the legal basis for special-needs transportation, communicating safety to students with disabilities and court decisions related to the rights of students with disabilities.
Book covers key cases in special-needs transportation
July 16, 2010
Peggy Burns and Lisa Hudson’s new book provides lessons learned from legal disputes. It’s available for purchase at a 20-percent pre-publication discount until Aug. 20.
Laws of common sense
April 6, 2010

Sometimes we need to be protected from legislators. But sometimes they really do have our protection in mind.

Conference to cover special-needs transportation issues
March 1, 2010
Attorney and consultant Peggy Burns will speak at the Massachusetts Association for Pupil Transportation's day-long event, discussing such topics as legal issues related to training special-needs school bus drivers, sharing IEP information with transportation personnel and decision-making about special-needs transportation.
Consulting firms form partnership
February 25, 2010
In addition to routing reviews, cost analyses and operations assessments, Management Partnership Services will now offer expertise in legal issues, compliance monitoring and human resource management through its agreement with Education Compliance Group.
New Peggy Burns DVD covers law and compliance
February 18, 2010
The 56-minute video is especially designed for transportation supervisors and others who administer, coordinate, train or deliver transportation-related services to students. Attendees at the Transporting Students with Disabilities conference in Orlando will receive a free copy of the DVD.
District must increase security for special-needs students on buses
February 1, 2010
Under a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a Tennessee school district is required to enhance the safety of students with disabilities by taking such steps as staffing monitors to assist drivers on all special-needs buses. The settlement is the result of a lawsuit stemming from episodes of peer-on-peer sexual harassment on buses operated by the district.
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