Special Needs

Can the District of Columbia Avoid Receivership for Transporting Students with Disabilities?

On the surface the announcement seemed a reasonable proposition. Officials with the Washington (D.C.) School District disclosed to the Washington Post details of a plan to pay parents of special needs children a stipend of between $3,000 to 7,500 per child, depending on where a child lives and goes to school, to transport their child to school. Their plan included sending a letter to parents notifying them of the proposed stipend.

Moving Forward with Pride: Transporting Students with Disabilities

Special needs transportation veteran Linda Bluth traces her history in the industry, and the major steps the United States has taken in realizing the importance of busing disabled students

Each of us has a marvelous tale to tell about how we arrived in the field of school bus transportation. Over the years, I have heard many wonderful stories from my peers at airports and at state and national meetings. Just yesterday, one of my staff members asked, "Bluth, what is this fascination you have with the yellow buses? How did it get started, and what could be so interesting?"

Taking Inventory of Available Special Transportation Information

Over the past 20 years, I have received hundreds of interesting calls requesting technical assistance from scores of individuals including, but not limited to, legislative members, government officials, lawyers, press, state and local directors of both transportation and special education, parents and advocates.

IDEA Hits the Road: First Impressions (Part 2)

Editor's note -- This article is the second in a two-part series discussing the definition of the related service transportation, discipline, behavior, alternative educational settings and expulsion from the school bus. In part two, the author focuses on Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, personnel training, transportation to charter schools and private school placements made by parents, multiple educational program sites and procedural safeguards and due process hearings.

IDEA Hits The Road: First Impressions of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (Part 1)

Editor's note: Utilizing a Question and Answer format, Dr. Linda Bluth of the Maryland Dept. of Education begins a two-part series to clarity the effect to pupil transportation of the newly issued final regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997. In part one she discusses related service, discipline, behavior, alternative educational settings, and expulsion from the school bus. In part two she will address other aspects of the law including requirements for transportation personnel to attend Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings and be familiar with IEP content and the need for more personnel training for supervisor, drivers, and monitors.

Behavior Management Training and the Video Camera: A Winning Partnership

For years now, transportation personnel have mysteriously searched for the optimal way to manage inappropriate and dangerous student behavior on the school bus. At times, there is a desperate necessity to find the secret to unlocking what works best for eliminating inappropriate student behavior that jeopardizes safety. In reality, there is no secret to what works for all students, but rather a combination of interventions that work together.