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Contest to come up with theme for special-needs conference
April 26, 2010
The person who submits the winning theme will have his or her registration fee waived for next year's Transporting Students With Disabilities and Preschoolers Conference in Kansas City, Mo.
California Highway Patrol honors school bus drivers
April 26, 2010
The agency thanks drivers for their commitment to safely transporting children to and from school to commemorate “School Bus Driver Day" on Tuesday. Those who benefit from bus drivers’ services are also encouraged to express their gratitude.
Over 1,000 districts get free danger zone program
April 23, 2010
To bring down the number of accidents with children around school buses, four organizations teamed up to provide the safety training program at no charge to school districts nationwide. The offer still stands.
School bus drivers moonlight as reading tutors
April 23, 2010
The 'Transportation Tutors' spend about an hour a day at a local elementary school between morning and afternoon bus routes helping students learn to read.
Bill would allow ads on Oklahoma school buses
April 23, 2010
Under new legislation, school districts could sell advertising space on the exterior of their buses. Districts would be required to give top priority to advertisers that promote manufacturers and businesses that are members of the Made in Oklahoma program. Revenue raised would go into districts’ general funds.
William Ostrander of Johnston Community School District was the winner of this year's competition and will go on to compete at the national level.
Iowa holds 'Best of the Best' technician competition
April 23, 2010
Thirteen school bus technicians from 11 school districts in Iowa took part in the event. The winner will go on to compete at the national "America's Best" in Indiana in September.
Senate committee passes school bus refurb bill
April 20, 2010
The measure would allow Georgia schools to use the same state funds for school bus repairs and refurbishments that are allocated for school bus replacement. If it is ultimately signed into law, it would become effective on July 1.
Men sentenced for incident involving bus shooting
April 20, 2010
Two New Jersey brothers each get more than 20 years in prison for carjacking a vehicle and shooting at two people. Shots aimed at the vehicle of a witness hit a school bus, but none of the students on board was injured.
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SEIU leader steps down
April 20, 2010
Andy Stern has helmed the union, which represents an estimated 18,000 school bus drivers across the nation, for the past 14 years. He is credited with doubling SEIU's membership and helping elect Barack Obama to the presidency. Some see Stern as a divisive figure.
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Bus driver union agrees to wage freeze
April 19, 2010
Teamsters branch at a New Jersey school district accepts a hold on pay increases for the 2010-11 school year to help alleviate the district’s budget crisis. Administrators also agree to a wage freeze, contingent upon the school budget passing.
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Bus drivers help provide stability for homeless children
April 16, 2010
Once a child is enrolled in Portland, Ore.'s Community Transitional School, he or she can continue to attend the school regardless of frequent address changes that would require transferring to another district. Bus routes are changed often to follow students' moves.
Efficient purchasing, grants help district replace buses
April 16, 2010
An Ohio school district is slated to buy 15 school buses funded in part by state and federal grants. With the most recent order, the district will have purchased 261 new school buses — close to half of its fleet.
District, police respond to rise in bus passing
April 16, 2010
A Florida school district, noting a recent increase in stop-arm running, teams up with the local police department to target key areas in a week-long crackdown. The county’s fine for illegally passing a stopped school bus is $268.
School buses could be exempt from restraint system requirement
April 16, 2010
A new bill would alter a current Minnesota law mandating that children of a certain age and height be fastened in a restraint system, such as a booster seat, in vehicles with seat belts. The legislation would exclude school buses and Type III vehicles that meet federal crash protection safety standards.
West Virginia cracks down on stop-arm runners
April 13, 2010
A new state law increases penalties for motorists who pass stopped school buses. It was prompted by the death of 6-year-old Haven McCarthy, who was hit by a passing vehicle as she got off her bus.
New York gears up for Operation Safe Stop day
April 13, 2010
On Thursday, police officers statewide will ride on bus routes and issue tickets to drivers who illegally pass school buses. Regional and state pupil transportation associations have partnered to mark the day by holding a press conference to educate drivers about the importance of stopping for buses.
Conn. seat belt bill delayed for study of cost, safety
April 13, 2010
Lawmakers see discrepancies in the legislative budget office's estimates, which say that over the next 12 years, buying new buses with three-point belts will cost school districts an additional $45 million to $103 million.
Rebecca Hatfield of Greenville (Ohio) City Schools was a winner in last year’s contest with this action-packed shot.
SBF Photo Contest returns
April 13, 2010
The annual competition is open to any kind of shot related to school transportation. Three winners will receive a $100 cash prize.
A survey of school administrators found that more districts will be making transportation cuts and laying off teachers and support staff in the 2010-11 school year.
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Study: Over a third of districts plan busing cuts next year
April 9, 2010
Also, more districts will be laying off teachers and support staff for the 2010-11 school year, and more are considering a four-day school week, the survey by the American Association of School Administrators finds.
Student Transportation of America (STA) paid Regional School District 17 (RSD 17) $830,000 to purchase its current fleet of school buses. The payment is part of STA’s national $100 million "Education Stimulus Plan." Pictured from left: Gary Mala, RSD 17 superintendent of schools; Amy Jacques-Purdy, board of education chair for the district; Michael Kennedy, STA regional chief operating officer; and John Spang, STA regional director of operations.
Connecticut district expects to benefit from outsourcing
April 9, 2010
Regional School District 17 has taken advantage of Student Transportation of America’s stimulus program. The district will receive an initial payment of $830,000 for the purchase of its fleet, which district officials say will free up funding for school facility improvements. STA will also offer positions to all current RSD 17 bus drivers.

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