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Strapping in students on buses gains some speed with schools

Mackenzie Ryan
January, 2017
SEAT BELTS MAKE THEM SIT—New Hanover County Schools in North Carolina is adding seat belts to some buses as part of a state study. Ken Nance, transportation director, says just having students staying put in their seats reduces distractions to bus drivers, two of whom are pictured above.

More districts are adding seat belts to their bus fleets, following the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s 2015 recommendation that “every child on every school bus” needs a seat belt. 

Problem-solving and design thinking drive K12 tech school

Abby Spegman
January, 2017
CREATIVE CONFIDENCE —  Renderings of a new Redwood City d.tech education facility, set to open in 2018, reveal a striking building and eye-pleasing landscape.

Design Tech High School, or d.tech for short, opened in 2014 and is authorized by California’s San Mateo Union High School District. It commits to the concept of design thinking: Students learn to look for problems, understand the cause and empathize with people involved. Then they develop and test solutions, refine, try again, and share their findings.

Two-thirds of districts will build, replace aging facilities

Angela Pascopella
January, 2017
A total of 287 leaders participated in DA’s construction survey.

About two-thirds of district leaders say their districts will repair, replace or build new schools this year, according to a DA survey.

Shuttered schools offer teacher-housing solution

Matt Zalaznick
December, 2016
From classrooms to condos— The Wilkinson School in St. Louis, which closed eight years ago, will be renovated into apartments for teachers. Aside from offering low-cost housing, it will provide teachers with a collaborative atmosphere.

Bigger paychecks offered by wealthier suburban districts sometimes lure teachers away from St. Louis Public Schools. But a promising solution to a teacher-housing problem faced by many districts has emerged: St Louis schools' collection of more than two dozen vacant buildings.

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