Scrimp on school-bus safety to save Columbus schools $6M?

The largest potential savings to Columbus City Schools’ transportation operation — getting someone else to pay for busing charter-school students — was dropped from a final report discussed Monday by a subcommittee of Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s education commission.

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Florida district scanned children's eyes without permission

Parents in the Polk County (Fla.) district received a letter stating a pilot program would track bus riders using each child’s iris. Parents could opt out, but by the time they learned about the program, the company charged with gathering the information had already captured images of about 750 children’s eyes.

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Walking Buses Gain Speed

New York Senator Wants Cameras on School Buses to Prosecute Dangerous Drivers

The New York Association for Pupil Transportation voiced their support for legislation that would allow the installation and use of stop arm cameras on school buses.

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Surveillance Video Shows Bus Driver Kicking Autistic Girl Onto Ground

A Florida school district has released video that appears to show a bus driver kicking an autistic student down the stairs. Wilkerson was fired after the Sept. 28, 2012, incident, which Tampa police say resulted in a broken ankle for the young girl, reported NBC affiliate WFLA.com. Wilkerson now faces aggravated child abuse charges, the station said.

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Bus Strike Threat Looms Over NYC Schools

A continuing dispute over job protections for New York City school bus drivers means the threat of a strike is still looming, potentially disrupting transportation for about 152,000 students as soon as this week.

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Columbia Public Schools (Mo.) Hires First School Bus Safety Coordinator

Tina DeClue is standing behind a school bus at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School on a recent Friday morning when she hears a little voice call to her.

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Debate On Overhauling Boston Schools’ Assignment System Continues

The intense conversation continues about proposed student assignment plans for the Boston Public Schools.

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Mo. City, Schools Consider Bus Collaboration

City and Columbia Public Schools officials said there is potential for better collaboration that might allow Columbia Transit buses to handle some transportation needs for middle and high school students.

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Many in Boston Area May Be Forced to Switch Schools

Proposed changes to the way Boston assigns students could force thousands of children already attending schools to move to new ones in two years, stirring unease among parents and prompting officials to quickly seek a remedy.

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