Thomas McMahon is executive editor of SCHOOL BUS FLEET.
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Districts are in the transportation business

A school board member at a Virginia district told the Washington Post, “We are not in the transportation business. We are in the education business.” That statement seems misguided and even unsettling. Yes, school districts’ primary responsibility is to educate children. But that doesn’t mean it’s their only responsibility. …

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School district to bring back busing as pilot program

After a 9-year-old girl was fatally struck by a pickup truck while walking home in December, parents petitioned the Etiwanda (Calif.) School District to bring back school bus service. The school board decides to implement a pilot transportation program for students who live at least 3 miles from school.

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Mom ordered to serve jail time for assaulting bus driver

A judge sentences Bethany Rudd to 10 days in jail for the December incident in which she boarded her son’s school bus and allegedly hit driver Helen Gibson in the face. However, the judge allows Rudd to file for an appeal, enabling her to avoid jail time for now, and she is due back in court in April for the assault and battery charge against her.

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Mom charged in alleged assault on school bus driver

According to police in Virginia, the mother of a student allegedly accused the bus driver of threatening to kill her son, although the driver reported that she had told the boy to sit down for safety reasons. After her arm got caught in the closing bus door, the mother allegedly hit the driver in the face.

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Mom boards school bus, receives court summons

According to a commander at Fort Drum, N.Y., the bus driver asked the mother to wait for her daughter to come back to the front of the bus to get her lunch money, but the mother forced her way onto the bus. Some parents who say they were at the scene criticize the bus driver’s handling of the incident and say they were unaware that it is against the law to board a school bus.

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With parent input, Atlanta adds 49 buses, 850 stops

Atlanta Public Schools conducts a district-wide review of its transportation system and takes in feedback on issues that have arisen since school started. The result is more buses, more stops and more crossing guards “to ensure that all students travel to and from their schools in a safe and efficient manner,” district officials say.

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GPS devices help operation diffuse parent-driver disputes

A Minnesota district’s transportation director says having access to the locations of his buses is helpful if a parent says a bus missed a stop. The system also notifies supervisors if drivers get lost while on their routes so they can help the drivers get back on track.

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