Loretta Depew is awarded nearly $97,000. She was fired for leaving a student on her bus, but she asserted that a male driver was only suspended for the same infraction.
Despite clear case law, many school districts and bus companies still shortchange their drivers. Confusion lies with exemptions and rules related to collective bargaining.
“Miranda’s Law,” a proposed federal bill, would require automatic notifications of driver violations to school districts and school bus companies within 24 hours.
Ohio and Washington lawmakers introduce bills that would require school buses to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts. In New York and New Jersey, legislators propose upgrades from lap-only belts to lap-shoulder belts.
Transportation company chairman Dale Krapf testifies before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Highways and Transit Subcommittee on the FAST Act and on BUSREGS-21.
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.
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation asks the state Legislature to authorize stop-arm cameras to enforce state law, which prohibits motorists from passing stopped school buses.
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.