Special Needs

Transportation and Charter Schools

In one of the most recent bursts of education reform in our nation, charter schools have become a common topic of conversation among educators. Proponents of charter schools and supporters of traditional public education vocally support or oppose the charter school movement. Regardless of your personal opinion about charter schools, 41 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico currently have charter school statutes. When it comes to charter schools, discussions about student transportation oftentimes is an afterthought.

Making Decisions That Matter

As a new school year approaches, are you crystal-clear about who in your school district is making decisions regarding transporting students with disabilities? This is the first in a series of articles that will raise questions to see if the right personnel are making the decisions to support safe transportation of students with special needs.

Jacob's Ordeal

Special needs child draws national media attention

Jacob, a 9-year-old with Down syndrome was the center of attention on "Good Morning America" and CNN on May 7, 2003 . It was reported that his parents wanted to learn more about their son's ongoing reported misbehavior on his school bus. In order to do so they placed a tape recorder in his backpack.