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.

Picking Your Battles

Recently I received a call from a frantic, newly appointed supervisor of transportation, who was overwhelmed by excessive calls from a parent of a child with disabilities.

Study Reveals Transportation Costs for Student with Special Needs

The American Institutes For Research (AIR) has recently released the report "What Are We Spending on Transportation for Students with Disabilities, 1999-2000?" As a part of the Special Education Expenditure Project (SEEP), this report provides special educators and transporters alike with an analysis of data collected during the 1999-2000 school year.

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.