What Impact Does the Supreme Court's Endrew F. Decision Have on School Transportation?

Having lived most of my adult life in the rarified air of Colorado, I am still not surprised that the Supreme Court, ruling on March 22 in the Endrew F. case, brought special educators and related services personnel “down to earth.”  In fact, despite my retirement, the opinion in what advocates have called “the most significant special-education issue to reach the high court in three decades,” challenged me to think about practical implications for school transportation providers.  I had predicted that if the Supremes “raised the bar” of FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education, the cornerstone of federal law’s requirements for students with disabilities), as many predicted they would, it would not necessarily mean frantic revamping of IEP provisions relating to school transportation.  In an effort to calm transportation professionals’ nerves now that any thought that offering “de minimis” educational benefits are enough has been tossed out of the window, I practically begged to write this article.

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Louisiana Task Force Says No to Seat Belt Mandate

A Louisiana task force formed to review student transportation and passenger safety  submitted its final report last month in response to legislative attempts to pass a new school bus seat belts law.

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Bill Would Use Illegal Passing Revenue to Pay for Seat Belts

Legislation was introduced this month before the Washington State Legislature that would require all newly purchased school buses to be equipped with lap-shoulder seat belts, with illegal passing cameras paying for the occupant restraints as well as all new school bus purchases.

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