The 119-page document includes details on each crash, driver oversight issues, conclusions of the investigations, and the agency’s recommendations.
Faced with the threat of layoffs, program cuts and a state budget that reduces education aid by nearly $1.3 billion, officials at school districts around New York State are challenging mandated laws and regulations that they find burdensome, costly or unnecessary.
As an example, Port Washington Union Free School District sends out 17 buses with 1,122 seats to accommodate students from one of the district’s high schools who are eligible for bus service, even though more than half of the seats go empty at the end of the day because students stay late for sports and clubs, or find their own way home. The school district says it is required to provide a seat for every eligible child every day to comply with longstanding state laws that govern school transportation.
“It’s ludicrous to be doing this, and you can’t get anyone to listen,” Geoffrey N. Gordon, the district’s superintendent, told The New York Times. He estimated that the practice of running more buses than needed costs the district $2 million a year.
Some superintendents have also questioned a law that requires districts to provide busing and other aid to local children attending private schools as a benefit to those taxpayers.
Peter Mannella, executive director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, acknowledged the expense of busing private school students. He suggested limiting busing to private schools within 10 miles of a district, instead of the current 15-mile mandate, a move he said could save districts nearly $70 million a year, according to The New York Times.
Moreover, to illustrate how the mandates end up costing a lot of money, seven districts in two counties compiled a spreadsheet showing that to comply with state and federal mandates they spend a combined $94.5 million annually, or an average of 21 percent of their budgets. That amount does not include pension and healthcare increases passed along by the state.
In response to officials’ complaints over the imposed costs, Gov. Andrew Cuomo convened a statewide mandate-relief committee, and the Board of Regents has identified laws it considers outdated.
It was no big surprise that NTSB’s latest report calls for lap-shoulder belts on school buses. What was surprising was how the agency decided to direct that recommendation: not to the feds, but to the states.
The president of the Paramus Public Schools Board of Education says that every new bus the district buys will have three-point belts. The board also plans to get estimates on retrofitting its existing fleet with the belts.
A Bend-based nonprofit is creating walking school bus routes throughout the region, with meeting points, timetables, and trained volunteers.
A new flush mounting bracket from Pro-Vision Systems is designed to allow bus cameras to be mounted recessed into the bulkhead of a school bus or a transit bus.
Durham's recruiters team up with school districts and the company’s safety team to educate their communities about school bus safety. Through that effort, they are able to hire more drivers.
A training event at Stafford County (Va.) Public Schools shows drivers the importance of school bus evacuation training. The concept will come to the NAPT conference this fall.
A veteran shop manager and technician shares advice on creating a checklist that catches the little things and helps to make complete repairs.
The Mobile Defender – Model S is a small device that employers can give to employees to use as a panic button during their shifts.
Eleven-year-old Rocco Arcese of New Jersey tells the driver that the bus smells like burning rubber, and they evacuate. The front of the bus becomes engulfed in flames moments later.
Authorities say students were to blame for a school bus incident in Grants Pass, Oregon, that reportedly sparked misleading accounts on social media.
The retired state director, who died at age 92, is remembered as a vital source of guidance for Tennessee’s local transportation directors.
South Carolina student Jordan Reyes was grazed by a deputy’s car at her bus stop. Here, Jordan and Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride discuss the dangers of distraction.
Wayne Edward Murphy allegedly takes nearly twice the prescribed dosage of anti-anxiety medication before he crashes into a school bus in Wisconsin. The crash injures 20 people aboard.
Police say the 9-year-old runs alongside her bus as it drives away, and then she runs into the road and is hit by a pickup truck.