Study Cites Growth in School Bus Contracting, RFPs

A study by business-to-government (B2G) intelligence firm Onvia lists school bus service as its 10th fastest growing area of government contracting, which overall moves $2 trillion from the public to the private sector each year.

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EPA Announces $11M in Funding for Clean Diesel Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability of $11 million funds for the Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) to support projects aimed towards reducing emissions from the country’s existing fleet of older diesel engines.  

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All Questions, No Answers Amid Budgetary Madness

As I sorted through the headlines for inspiration this month, I jumped on cnn.com only to be greeted by numerous stories on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Hidden in plain sight beneath these all-important stories on “March Madness” was news on the Trump administration’s federal budget proposal. 

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A New Age of School Funding?

As I looked over the newspaper headlines for inspiration for my column this month, I read a story highlighting the Obama administration’s attempt to push through a last-second regulation to restructure school funding for the benefit of low-income students.  

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School Bus App SafeStop Releases Money-Saving Metrics

SafeStop, one of several apps that tracks and reports the real-time location and arrival of school buses, points to data collected from customers across North America that school districts can save about $20,000 a year in fuel costs from excessive idling.

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UPDATE: University of Maryland Develops New School Bus Routing Tool

The Howard County Public School System recently reached out to the University of Maryland (UMD) to develop a new tool for school bus routes to facilitate informed decisions regarding cost, benefit and the impact of potential changes to school start and dismissal times. 

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S.C. Superintendent Calls for School Bus System Revamp

At a press conference at the South Carolina State House, Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman addressed ongoing concerns with the state-owned school buses and outlined her plan to overhaul its current makeup to improve both safety and efficiency. 

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