The lightning reportedly struck nearby and traveled to where the children were standing under a tree. All three were recovering in the hospital.
Senators confirmed Chao for the Cabinet position in a 93-6 vote.
As leader of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Chao’s purview includes two agencies that have oversight of various aspects of pupil transportation: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
In a Senate hearing on Jan. 11, Chao gave an indication of her outlook as a regulator.
“First and foremost, safety will continue to be the primary objective,” she said during the hearing. “Regulatory decisions should be rooted in analysis derived from sound science and data with risked-based analysis that prevents accidents before they occur, and considers both the cost and the benefits of new rulemakings.”
As previously reported, Chao served as secretary of labor for all eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency, 2001 to 2009. She was the first Asian American woman to be appointed to a president’s Cabinet in the nation’s history.
Chao also has government experience in the transportation sector. She has served as deputy secretary of the U.S. DOT, chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, and deputy maritime administrator. She also has a more personal tie to the Washington establishment: She is married to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Chao came to the U.S. as an immigrant from Taiwan at age 8. At the time, she spoke no English. She went on to earn an economics degree from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) signaled its support for Chao when Trump initially nominated her.
“We look forward to working with her on issues affecting the private school bus industry and commend her for her long and distinguished record of leadership in government service,” NSTA said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Chao also got an endorsement from Ray LaHood, former U.S. secretary of transportation and now co-chair of infrastructure group Building America's Future.
“I am confident that under her leadership, the future of our roads, rails, runways, and transit systems will be in good hands,” LaHood said. “Secretary Chao has a strong understanding of Washington and how to engage the private sector, as well as the importance of consulting with mayors and governors.”
The New Jersey driver reportedly makes some wrong turns while taking kindergartners home. He is let go for not conducting a practice run on the route before the first day of school.
Reports indicate that the truck hit another vehicle, veered into opposing traffic, and collided with the bus. School bus driver Sarah Slovinsky is remembered fondly by a transportation director and others.
The pupil transportation community is primarily concerned with school buses. But there are circumstances when non-yellow buses come into play in the transportation of students.
Tennessee truck driver Tony Alsup drives to South Carolina in his used school bus and transports 53 dogs and 11 cats from a shelter there to a shelter in Alabama, outside of the hurricane’s path.
The boy’s parents sued a Missouri school district, claiming that their son was injured when another student punched him on the bus.
Jay Swint says in this video from Fort Worth Independent School District that he enjoys his second career as a school bus driver. He cites perks like having time off mid-day and vacation time.
From New York to Arizona to Canada, school bus drivers and students alike received a warm welcome as they embarked on a new school year.
DATTCO introduces two new components to its bus driver safety training: active shooter and school bus security awareness.
According to the Automotive Lift Institute, changes to the standard include expanding testing requirements for load-holding devices and increasing the number of test cycles.
Warren Nostrom is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of his estranged wife and one other person at the Cumberland County School District bus garage.
Dr. Tammy Knipp, Tennessee's state director of student transportation, discusses her background and her role in overseeing school bus safety, training standards, and regulation compliance.
Police find that the school bus driver failed to stop at a stop sign before colliding with a pickup truck. Three students sustain serious injuries.
From maintenance reports to routing to student records, Maine School Administrative District No. 75’s transportation department has digitally migrated its work into Tyler Technologies’ Traversa.
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