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Cover Story - November 2016

Fit for Duty: Training, Education Protect Pupil Transportation Against National Drug Abuse Spike

By: Nicole Schlosser

Amid a reported rise in prescription drug misuse and illicit drug abuse in the general workforce, school transportation providers stay vigilant with up-to-date training, education, and wellness efforts.

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Currently operating under a continuing resolution and following the Nov. 8 elections, Congress will return for a lame duck session.

NSTA Advocacy in Action — The Power of the Purse

Appropriations bills are often the most politically charged bills of the year, and — more importantly — they are “must pass” bills in order to avoid government shutdowns, so they become very attractive vehicles for other legislative priorities.

Photo by Barry Johnson

6 Ways to Address New Overtime Rules

Update: On Nov. 22, a federal judge granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which means that it will not go into effect on Dec. 1 as scheduled, and as discussed in this article.

Organizers in the Ohio Shared Services Collaborative equipped school buses with RFID readers, and issued RFID cards to students to record when they get on and off the bus. Data from the Zonar Z Pass system helps districts determine how to plan routes most effectively.

Collaborative Shares Data, Saves Money

The Ohio Shared Services Collaborative received a $1.76 million Straight A grant from the Ohio Department of Education to help school districts save money through shared services and bus rerouting.

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