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Dallas County Schools Interim Superintendent Leatha Mullins says if proposed legislation to dissolve the agency passes it will create chaos for the families of 76,000 students who depend on them each day to get to and from school.  In a statement released to the media Wednesday, Mullins said if the agency is shuttered "it would cost school districts in Dallas County over $262 million to provide their own transportation and that the legislation will make efficient, effective transportation unfeasible." view article arw

AUSTIN — The interim leader of the embattled Dallas County Schools system confirmed Wednesday that she has asked law enforcement officials to review the agency's business records.  Meanwhile, legislation that would allow voters to decide the bus service provider's fate in November continues to work its way through the Legislature.  DCS has come under fire after several investigations by KXAS-TV (NBC5)found questionable business dealings regarding stop-arm cameras on buses, financial management issues and an unusual land deal in which the agency sold land it owned outright only to lease it back. view article arw

A Slaton ISD bus driver has been placed on administrative leave after parking on the wrong side of a highway and forcing students to cross. Graduating seniors were headed to get their pictures taken with the new Slaton sign, but instead of parking near the sign, the driver parked on the other side of the highway and stopped traffic. Slaton ISD Superintendent Julee Becker said the driver's actions went against protocol and there was "zero excuse for that." She apologized for the incident and said that safety is their top priority. view article arw

A revealing dashcam video has led to the firing of an Alief ISD bus driver. Another motorist, who has chosen to go by his first name Eric, said he spotted the bus late Tuesday afternoon. Eric said he always has his dashcam rolling, and when he saw the bus driver make a questionable stop in a residential area, he ended up following and recording what Alief ISD now calls the 'reckless' behavior of one of its bus drivers.   view article arw

 It's against the law for school buses to go faster than 50 mph on any highway. The only exception: they can hit 55 mph on interstates. KXAN discovered bus drivers speeding at districts across Central Texas—some with children onboard. Many districts have technology on their buses to track a driver's speed, but KXAN found most school districts don't check it on a regular basis. While driving a Lake Travis Independent School District bus full of students last October, the bus driver was confronted by a parent who accused him of speeding. The bus driver, who did not want to be identified and no longer works for the district, told the parent he wasn't aware that he was speeding. view article arw

Keller ISD has responded after a Consumer Justice investigative report Monday into unsafe buses. Keller ISD paid Durham school services nearly $8 million to run it’s transportation this school year. view article arw

Bad brakes, no horns, and broken stop signs. Some Keller ISD bus drivers say they feel unsafe on the roads. After months of asking the company to make repairs, they turned to Consumer Justice. Several drivers spoke to Cristin Severance on condition of anonymity. One said her bus horn has been broken for six months. “It makes me very anxious and nervous that someone might get hit because too many times cars don’t stop for the loading lights, and I can’t warn the kids at all.” view article arw

The crash was reported about 3:19 p.m. near Highway 6 and County Road 99. Officials said a family traveling in a black sedan was at a traffic light when an Alvin Independent School District school bus rear-ended the sedan. According to Brazoria County deputies, several vehicles were involved in the crash.  They said only the driver was aboard the bus at the time of the crash. view article arw

The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees gave special recognition to outstanding employees in the Transportation Department at their meeting on Tuesday. Conroe ISD awards Ambassador Awards to recognize individuals for their positive contributions to campus life and campus climate. The Board of Trustees was proud to honor the following employees from the Transportation Department for their extraordinary contribution to the District. From the East County Transportation Center, Linda Massey, driver, and Eva Thatcher, monitor, were recognized for their teamwork and composure. As a result of their quick thinking and by following the emergency protocols, they were able to stabilize a student suffering a seizure until EMS arrived while keeping the other students on the bus calm during this crisis. view article arw

Police say one person was injured after a Thursday afternoon wreck involving a Hawkins ISD bus. According to DPS, around 3:46 p.m. a Hawkins ISD bus was stopped letting kids off on Highway 80 just west of FM 2869 when a pickup truck failed to yield and struck the back left corner of the bus. view article arw

A 13-year-old boy has been killed in a crash involving the school bus on which he was riding on a rural road near the Texas-Louisiana border. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the crash Monday involved a school bus from the Shelbyville Independent School District. DPS Trooper David Hendry says the bus was turning from Farm Road 130 onto a county road when it was hit by a pickup truck from behind about 70 miles southwest of Shreveport, Louisiana, and 180 miles east of Dallas. view article arw

An 11-year-old boy is dead following a Shelbyville ISD school bus crash according to the Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson David Hendry.  A press release states the bus was struck from behind causing it turnover and resulting in the boy’s death.  The crash happened at approximately 4:00 PM this afternoon. The wreck appears to also have involved some type of work pickup truck, which was stuck in some nearby trees. “A Shelbyville Independent School District bus was turning right from FM 139 onto CR 2552 to travel south when it was struck from behind by a 1997 Dodge pickup,” a press release stated. 

One person is dead after a Waco Independent School District bus and a car crashed at an intersection Friday morning. Waco police said a Mazda was driving east on Bosque Boulevard when it crashed with the bus, which was going south on North 26th Street. One Dead in crPolice Sgt. Patrick Swanton identified the driver of the Mazda as Jay Alexander Markley, 23. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries. view article arw

The driver of a passenger car died after colliding with a Waco Independent School District school bus Friday morning, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said. Jay Alexander Markley, 23, of Waco, was killed in the wreck at the intersection of North 26th Street and Bosque Boulevard at about 7:15 a.m. Swanton said the school bus, traveling south on 26th Street, and the car, traveling east on Bosque Boulevard, collided. view article arw

"It was one of those calls that you're just not prepared for", says EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera. The call came in early Sunday morning, Cabrera says he knew getting a phone call at that time from the athletic director probably wasn't a good situation. It was then that Cabrera learned one of the district's rented charter buses had been involved in a crash with a wrong way driver. The students were coming back late at night from a regional track meet in Lubbock. "So they're counting heads, counting bodies, making sure they have everybody", says Cabrera. But somebody was missing, Coach Archie Duran. Everyone hoping Coach Duran had been left behind at an earlier pit stop. Around three or four in the morning, they realized he had been on the bus. Later, Duran's body was found. view article arw

Bus evacuated in less than a minute - Bet it did not have seat belts! - js - DUNCAN, SC (FOX Carolina) - A Spartanburg County bus driver is being hailed as a hero after a school bus caught fire on Tuesday morning.  The bus caught fire on Main Street in Duncan near the Stribling Funeral Home just after 7 a.m.  Superintendent Scott Turner with Spartanburg County School District Five tweeted that no one was hurt. Turner said 56 students were on the bus when the fire broke out. view article arw

A morning crash involving a car and a school bus, in far southwest Fort Worth, sent several people to the hospital. It was about 8:30 a.m. when a car rear-ended the school bus on Risinger Road, near Cove Meadow Lane. While the crash was literally steps away from Crowley Middle School, the students onboard were from Crowley High School. view article arw

A Tyler Independent School District bus was involved in a wreck shortly before 4 p.m. Monday. District spokeswoman Dawn Parnell said one student from Jack Elementary School was on board at the time, but was not injured. view article arw

Following the filing by Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas) earlier this year of a bill to eliminate the DCS transportation agency (as reported by this newspaper March 7, 2017), Cedar Hill ISD is taking action. The State’s Senate Education Committee has voted to dissolve Dallas County Schools. However, the embattled agency is still trying to stall these efforts. In a prepared statement, Sen. Huffines said, “For far too long, the students, taxpayers, and schools in Dallas County have endured the unreliability, dangerous buses, and financial corruption of Dallas County Schools. The rogue central bureaucracy is outdated and unnecessary, and the Texas Senate took a big step today to bring it to an end. With the abolition of Dallas County Schools, the future will be brighter for Dallas students, taxpayers and schools.” view article arw

Whitesboro Schools Superintendent Brian K. Bellair said the driver charged with driving a district school bus while impaired by prescription drugs has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.Michele L. Daly, 46, of Whitesboro, who was driving a Whitesboro school bus with students on it Saturday afternoon along Route 481 in Onondaga County, was stopped by police and then charged with three counts of aggravated DWI-Drugs, 14 counts of endangering the welfare of a child and a traffic violation. view article arw

 Iraan High School Principal Jim Baum releasing the following statement to Local 2/FOX 24, after hearing news of the El Paso ISD fatal bus crash: "I am sure our kids and community will reach out to the folks of El Paso.  view article arw

 Two people were killed and nearly three dozen were injured in a two vehicle accident in far West Texas early Sunday morning. The accident occurred on US Highway 62/180 in Hudspeth County, approximately 4 miles west of Dell City, around midnight, Mountain Daylight Time. According to the DPS, a Chevrolet pickup truck crossed into the westbound lanes and collided head-on with an El Paso ISD chartered school bus. Authorities said the pickup truck burst into flames following the collision. The passengers on the bus were evacuated through a window. view article arw

DELL CITY, Texas — Texas Department of Public Safety authorities say two people are dead after a head-on crash involving a pickup truck and a chartered bus carrying 34 coaches and athletes from seven El Paso high schools returning home from a regional track meet in Lubbock.  El Paso Independent School District officials identified one of the victims as a coach, 48-year-old Arcadio Duran Jr., from Irvin High School. Seventeen others aboard the bus were hospitalized with injuries considered not life threatening.  Troopers said the other person killed was the driver of the pickup truck, 51-year-old Gary Lawson, of Hobbs, New Mexico. view article arw

A school bus driver for Lockhart ISD has been fired after causing an 18-wheeler to crash Wednesday afternoon, in what district officials have described as an “incredibly dangerous decision” on the part of the bus driver. The school district said Friday that an investigation by Student Transportation Specialists, the company the district contracts out for student transportation, found the driver of Bus 24 caused the 18-wheeler to swerve to avoid crashing with the bus, which was dropping off four secondary school students on State Park Road at Callihan Road around 5:20 p.m. view article arw

A proposed bill that passed the Texas Senate on Wednesday would require school districts in Texas to purchase new school buses with three-point seat belts. Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-6) who filed the legislation, which is now headed to the House, said multiple school bus accidents in Texas have been fatal or caused injuries that could have been prevented if they had three-point seat belts. "The goal of this legislation is to protect children, prevent injuries, and demonstrate that the State of Texas is serious about the safety of school children," Sen. Garcia said.  view article arw

A car and a Trenton ISD bus collided after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, sending three people to the hospital. The driver of the car was flown to a Plano hospital in serious condition. One high school student was airlifted to a Plano hospital in serious condition. Another student was taken to TMC-Bonham for treatment. view article arw

More accessible sidewalks may soon be coming to roads alongside Cleburne High School and Wheat Middle School. The Cleburne ISD board of trustees unanimously passed a resolution in support for the “Safe Routes to School” grant for the city of Cleburne on Monday night. CISD Executive Director of Research, Development and Accountability Chris Jackson said the grant, if awarded, will provide sidewalks and pedestrian access to enhance the safety and mobility of students who attend CHS and Wheat. view article arw

Lumberton police chief Danny Sullins said Tuesday morning that the Beaumont ISD bus driver responsible for crash that sent 23 students and two adults to area hospitals earlier this month will be cited for failure to control speed. Michelle Lewis, 53, was driving the bus when she struck two vehicles from behind and veered into oncoming traffic before crashing into a culvert off US 69 near West Walton Road in Lumberton around 2 p.m. The bus was carrying 44 Charlton-Pollard Elementary School students and four adults who were returning from a field trip to the Big Thicket.  view article arw

A Belton ISD school bus got stuck in a sinkhole, just before 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, Belton Police and the district confirmed. The right side of the school bus fell partially into the hole, which opened up on Beal Street, near 9th Avenue in Belton. Bystanders snapped photos of the bus, which was leaning to one side. Three North Belton Middle School students were on the bus, but none of them were injured; and, the driver was also unhurt, the district said. An ambulance was dispatched, just in case. Another bus picked up the students, who continued to school. view article arw

A Belton ISD school bus got stuck in a sinkhole, just before 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, Belton Police and the district confirmed. The right side of the school bus fell partially into the hole, which opened up on Beal Street, near 9th Avenue in Belton. Bystanders snapped photos of the bus, which was leaning to one side. view article arw

State Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, wants to shut down an agency called Dallas County Schools. It provides bus service to several North Texas school districts, including Dallas ISD, which favors the senator’s plans. Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa told the State Senate Education Committee that his district — the state’s second largest — provides about 60 percent of the business for Dallas County Schools. view article arw

Sydney Key was afraid to put her son on a school bus Monday. Key, 34, was one of several parents to receive an alarming phone call from Beaumont ISD last Wednesday after a school bus returning from a field trip with 43 Charlton-Pollard Elementary School students aboard crashed into a culvert off U.S. 69 near West Walton Road in Lumberton. Nearly two dozen children were taken to local hospitals. Key's son, 9-year-old Peter Wright, was taken to Christus St. Elizabeth with back pain. He was released later that day and stayed home from school the rest of the week. view article arw

With a new campus and changing construction projects, Leander ISD has released its proposed changes to district bus routes for the 2017-18 school year. Each year, transportation staff in the school district analyze current bus routes and recommend changes based on what areas have been deemed “hazardous” within the two-mile radius of the schools.While students living outside the two-mile radius are automatically included in bus routes each year, those within the radius are not. LISD has a walk-to-stop policy that sets up bus stops so that elementary students have to walk a maximum of two long blocks to their stop, while secondary students are required to walk a maximum of five-tenths a mile to their bus stop. view article arw

BEAUMONT — A Beaumont ISD bus driver is likely at fault after crossing into oncoming traffic in a crash Wednesday in Lumberton, which involved an 18-wheeler and sent 25 people to the hospital, including 23 students from Charlton-Pollard Elementary, Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins tells KFDM/6 News on Fox.  All but two of those were released by the end of night.  On Thursday morning, Sullins was in Beaumont to review bus video, but he tells us the video malfunctioned. Investigators are trying to work with the video system manufacturer to fix the issue. view article arw