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IC Bus Wins North Carolina Contract

Several weeks ago, we wrote in this space about the possibility of Blue Bird grabbing the North Carolina yellow school bus contract and shutting out local company Thomas Built Buses.…
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No Shortage of Drivers? Tell That to These Schools

I've heard from transportation directors across the country that one silver lining to the current economy is that it has reversed a trend toward driver shortages, a problem that has…
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A Rare and Unnerving School Bus Stop

Leave it to a school bus driver to take initiative when a child is in danger. Especially one wandering in the road.
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Are Transit Fare Hikes in Response to Economy the Right Move?

As if the economy hasn’t hit school transportation coffers hard enough this year, the news outlets reported last week that 10,000 students in the Seattle, Bellevue, Washington and Lake Mercer…
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Let’s Go for a Walk

Wednesday marked National Walk to School Day, an initiative promoted by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. More than 3,000 schools in all 50 states and the District…
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Parental Involvement: Wouldn't it Be Nice?

The National PTO wrote about parent involvement in their child's education on its blog yesterday. In doing so, it recognized Minnesota, one of the few states that celebrates the role…
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North Carolina: Out with Thomas and in with Blue Bird?

Though a final decision is pending, North Carolina appears to be set to award its 2010 bus bid to Blue Bird, marking an about face from a historic alliance with…
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Musing about Monitors

There has been a spate of recent legal decisions and media headlines that have made me think about the relationship between drivers and paraprofessionals on school transportation vehicles. I’m using…
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Child Sexual Predators are Premeditated, Not Opportunistic

The 2007 abduction of then 13-year-old Ben Ownby from his bus stop in Missouri suggests that child sexual predators "cruise" bus stops looking for any child that is unescorted. While…
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So Much for Compartmentalization in New Airplane Design

School bus safety is predicated on the concept of compartmentalization, the safety envelope provided to students by the cushioned high back bench seats that are supposed to keep the children…
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