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Pennsylvania Laws Regarding Student Transportation Contract Bids

With a New Year often come changes and challenges in running your business. One such new challenge for 2013 is the Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training Act. January 2, 2013 was the official effective date for the recently enacted law governing mandatory child abuse recognition and reporting training. The new Pennsylvania law (1084, No. 126 Cl. 24 Session of 2012 amendment of the Public School Code of 1949 Section 1205.6) mandates that all school entities and independent contractors of ...
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8/1/2012| Reference Number : 15.0| School Bus | Contract negotiation |

Traffic Offenses and CDL Disqualification

While everyone is aware of the November 2011 amendment to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations restricting the use of hand-held mobile telephones by drivers of commercial motor vehicles, the recent passage of Pennsylvania’s ban on texting while driving has raised some questions about how violations of the new law will affect holders of commercial driver’s licenses. Following is some information about the new texting while driving ban and about violations that can affect a commercial dr...
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PSBA Opposes PA Budget Block Grant Proposal

On February 7, 2012, Governor Corbett issued a press release in support of his 2012-13 Student Achievement Education Block Grant budget proposal. The Governor’s press release touts the budget proposal as providing school districts with flexibility and eliminating duplicative services and state mandates. However, the proposed budget combines four previously separate appropriations, basic education, pupil transportation, nonpublic transportation, and school employees’ social security. The net re...
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PSBA Supports SB 117, PN 1376 Proposed Changes to PA Wiretap Law

Many school bus contractors are faced with the Pennsylvania wiretap law dilemma. That is, school districts contractually or informally require video and audio taping on school buses for the purpose of enhancing student safety and addressing student discipline issues. But, audio taping is prohibited by Pennsylvania statutes and case law. The current statutes even impose criminal and civil penalties for violators. School officials point to specific examples of local law enforcement’s refusal to p...
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3/20/2012| Reference Number : 9.0| School Bus, Legislative/Regulatory | Wiretap Law |

NSTA Member Advocacy: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick…

In January of 1900, Theodore Roosevelt was governor of New York when he first used the phrase, “speak softly and carry a big stick” when writing about a particular victory in local politics. The phrase later became the trademark of his foreign policy when he served as 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. For Pennsylvania’s school bus contractors, their “big stick” is the good work done by the National Student Transportation Association (NSTA). In July, I had the opportuni...
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School Bus Advertising……."Rent This Space"

Many states have recently consid-ered or have passed laws about advertising on school buses. While marketing companies hop-ing to sell advertising space are enthusiastic advocates and school boards hoping to offset costs are more cautious proponents, there are many who strongly oppose the concept. (Read more at Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood; www.commercialfreechildhood.org). But while the debate continues and some states enact legislation al-lowing school bus advertising, in-dependen...
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7/1/2011| Reference Number : 99.0| School Bus |

School District Exempted from Negligence Claim in Evacuation Drill Injury Lawsuit

The parents of a Pennsylvania child are seeking damages in a civil action, from the school district and the independent school bus contractor for injuries sustained during a school bus evacuation drill. A critical review of your evacuation drill policy and procedure would be wise.
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6/1/2011| Reference Number : 30.0| School Bus | Evacuation drills |
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