Government

Transformational’ Change Planned for U.S. DOT

With the federal transportation bill reauthorization coming later this year, handwritten notes being circulated around Capitol Hill show conceptual plans for narrowing the gap between federal funding of highways and bridges and that of transit, plus "transformational" changes to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

Integration Alternatives What Socioeconomic Integration Means for Students, Pupil Transportation

Part 2 in a Series

Following a Supreme Court’s decision in June, as many as 1,000 school districts that consider race in their student assignment policy may need to rethink their plans. Some, including presidential candidate Sen, John Edwards, think these schools should consider the example of the 40 districts that use socioeconomic status in student assignment. For transportation departments those plans may be just as taxing as race-based assignment.

Challenges of the Supreme Court’s Desegregation Ruling

Part 1 in a Series

The Jefferson County Board of Education, near Louisville, Ky., decided to drop the use of an individual student’s race in determining school assignments. The move came after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in July that doing so without a court order is an unconstitutional violation of students’ rights to equal protection.

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The FMVSS System and School Bus Safety

The modern school bus era has been marked by federal rules, designated "FMVSS" for federal motor vehicle safety standards. These standards are the method by which the federal government regulates the safety of all motor vehicles sold for use in the United States. All vehicle manufacturers, whether they manufacture school buses, trucks, automobiles, motorcycles of other highway vehicles, must comply with the applicable FMVSS regulations. Once a vehicle is sold or leased, regulation of the operation of the vehicle becomes the responsibility of the states.