State school transportation providers are encouraging the Legislature to support SB 566, which would establish a commission to study the school bus driver shortage to help obtain solutions.
Rick Sorrells, who led Dallas County Schools, admits to receiving payments for approving $70 million in contracts with a stop-arm camera supplier.
NSTA's executive director shares developments that illustrate the association's role as an industry voice and key resource for private school transportation.
Leverne Doran gets one day of unsupervised probation for obstructing a school bus driver. Charges of malicious destruction of property, disorderly conduct, and disturbing the peace were dropped.
One bill would cut training hours needed for CDL holders and those approved to operate a school bus. Another would allow bus ads.
Transportation directors are legally required to accommodate students with disabilities to ensure access to education, but each case is different. Look for opportunities to include them with their able-bodied peers.
Senate Bill 44 would require public school bus owners to comply with certain federal inspection standards. A school board worries it might lead to roadside checks and stops at weigh stations.
Donna Anderson, a transportation programs consultant for the state Department of Education for the last seven years, started out as a school bus driver.
Motorists cited for passing a stopped school bus will now pay $500 instead of $300. Other crackdown efforts, such as making it harder to plea down a charge, have not passed the legislature.
The state Senate passes multiple bills that would crack down on illegal school bus passing by increasing fines and adding license suspension.
The bills aim to prevent illegal bus passing by boosting public education, allowing stop-arm cameras to help identify violators, and making penalties tougher.
Ruby Taylor of Iowa is reinstated by an arbitrator after her firing for allegedly abusing a special-needs student in 2015. The district wants the decision thrown out, citing evidence of abuse and neglect.
James Blue, School Bus Fleet's general manager and publisher, weighs in on recent bills across the U.S. that have taken aim at school bus safety.