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Rhode Island School Bus Driver Strike Ends

First Student and the drivers’ union agree on a contract that includes enhanced healthcare and retirement benefits as well as increased wages, ending an 11-day strike.

First Student staff and members of the Providence Public School District are pictured here in front of one of 70 new school buses being added to the fleet.
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First Student adds 70 school buses to Rhode Island fleet

The new Thomas Built buses will serve thousands of students in the Providence Public School District. Bus features include an enlarged front windshield, GPS, the Child Check-Mate electronic reminder system and crossing gates.

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Rhode Island city may privatize bus monitor service

Providence seeks cost estimates for privatizing school bus monitors to save money on a tight budget as it puts a new contract agreement out to bid. The city’s municipal employees’ union plans to oppose any attempts to privatize the service.

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Man illegally passes 4 school buses, sideswipes 3 cars

An employee at a Rhode Island school writes down Michael J. Lewis' license plate number and calls the police, who charge Lewis with driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident, and cite him for passing four occupied school buses.

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Rhode Island lawmaker aims to expand school bus staff checks

State Rep. Anthony Giarrusso's son was among the passengers on a school bus whose monitor was arrested on child pornography charges. While the monitor had passed the state background check that Rhode Island requires, Giarrusso says he will introduce a bill to also require national background checks for school bus drivers and monitors.

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