Lee Parents Reach $23.5M Settlement in School Bus Death

The parents of Hun Joon “Paul” Lee settled with a local Whittier, California school bus contractor for $23.5 million as a result of the 19-year-old student's death onboard his school bus nearly two years ago after being left by a substitute driver.

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Collins Bus Turns Golden Yellow on 50th Anniversary

Collins Bus turned 50 years old this year, the latest milestone for the first manufacturer of small school buses. From those humble beginnings, when the late Don Collins, “the father of the small school bus,” fashioned a school vehicle from a passenger van, the company has grown into a Type-A market leader and is now the school bus brand of publicly traded REV Group.

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What is the True Meaning of FAPE?

Riding the school bus is largely a privilege and not a right. Many states spell this out in their regulations. However, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates the related service of transportation as a right of certain students to receive a free and appropriate education, or FAPE, based upon their needs as related in their Individualized Education Program. Likewise, Title I and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act mandate that schools provide transportation service for low-income and at-risk students.

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Keynote Highlights Legalities of Transporting Students with Disabilities

FRISCO, Texas — Transporting students with special needs carries with it many regulations and procedures. Aside from the extended list of requirements, those involved with the transportation must fully comprehend the legal principals that are the motives for the procedures implemented.  That was the goal of general session on day five of the TSD Conference here.

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TSD Conference Keynote Davidson Delivers 'Precious Cargo'

FRISCO, Texas – After spending a year driving a special needs school bus, Craig Davidson wrote about his evolving relationship with each student who struggled physically, emotionally and socially, and how the “precious cargo” in his care changed his life.

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