More than 30 drivers with Crestwood (Pa.) School District were unable to service their routes, causing the district to cancel classes for two days.
The auditor general discovers 10 drivers in the state who should have been banned from transporting students because of criminal convictions.
The nation’s third-largest school bus operator takes a minority stake in the technology-based ridesharing service for children.
The state pupil transportation directors’ event will also address driver tablets, education reform, and federal agency developments.
Carole Etheridge of Georgia is arrested and charged with one count of DUI and 16 counts of endangering a child for each student aboard the bus under the age of 14.
The company will now provide safety compliance audits and conduct on-site driver file reviews and safety training leadership programs.
The national legislation is introduced by a Tennessee congressman in the wake of the fatal school bus crash in Chattanooga.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) introduces legislation in the House of Representatives that would set minimum penalties nationwide for stop-arm running. The bill would also mandate that all states require background checks for school bus drivers, and it would create a school bus seat belt demonstration program, among other measures.
The Highway Traffic Act would be amended to eliminate the requirement for a criminal record search as a condition of getting a school bus driver’s license. Instead, the Education Act would be amended to require that school bus drivers have a vulnerable sector search, which is a criminal check that includes a search of the pardoned sexual offender database. The Ontario School Bus Association says the changes would save “a lot of time and hassle by only having to do the one check.”
Gov. Terry Branstad signs legislation that requires employers to review the Iowa court information system, as well as the sex offender registry and central registries for child abuse and dependent adult abuse, for information regarding applicants. State director Max Christensen shares with SBF his views on the new law, which also requires checks every five years once applicants are hired.