Dallas County Schools is not a traditional school district. It doesn’t operate schools, despite having an elected school board.  DCS is the largest provider for bus transportation for area school districts. With close to 3,000 employees, including bus drivers and crossing guards, DCS operates on a $180 million annual budget.  Earlier this week, trustees learned the budget is so financially fragile, the operation may not be able to pay $14 million in required payments in May. DCS currently projects at $40 million deficit for this fiscal year.  “If we do nothing, there will be problems, but we aren’t going to sit here and do nothing,” board president Larry Duncan said Wednesday.   Duncan points to bad revenue projections, including the sell off of a bus camera system, as reasons for the deficit. view article arw

A Texas state lawmaker says it's time to hold Dallas County Schools accountable. State Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, filed a bill Thursday that would put the fate of DCS, the financially troubled school bus agency, back in the hands of local taxpayers.The bill is the first of two proposals expected in the legislature that could ultimately shut down the agency, which serves as the bus contractor for the Aledo, Carrollton/Farmers Branch, Cedar Hill, Coppell, DeSoto, Dallas, Highland Park, Irving, Lancaster, Richardson, Weatherford and White Settlement independent school districts. view article arw

Up to 5,000 more Spring ISD students will be eligible for bus services next academic year thanks to recent efforts by the district to attract more bus drivers in light of regional shortages for many metropolitan Houston school districts. Last Thursday, in its latest effort, the district hosted a job fair to glean interest from candidates to fill the positions to accommodate new routes. view article arw

When it comes to the quandary of the school bus seat belt question — a hot topic of national debate for decades — the road has been long and winding for the Wichita Falls ISD. view article arw

At Monday’s meeting of the Stephenville ISD board of trustees, David Woods, the district’s director of transportation, was awarded a medal for displaying SISD’s core value of initiative. The reason behind the award is a later bus route program that Woods plans to kick off on March 1 to allow more students to stay for the STAAR testing tutorials that take place after school gets out. view article arw

After NBC 5 Investigates reported bus drivers with Dallas County Schools were racing through red lights and others were making kids late for class, administrators with the Dallas Independent School District are taking new steps to keep the beleaguered bus contractor on a short leash.  The Dallas ISD administration wants to give DCS just a one-year deal that would include only some bus routes while putting more than 150 other routes up for bidding open to other companies. District leaders hope the plan sends a message to the bus company that they expect better service. view article arw

 It looks like the school district will receive a state-of-the-art ambulance simulator and two new greenhouses. Without hesitation, the school board approved the purchases of all three projects for the Career and Technology Program. The two greenhouse projects, which have already been budgeted for will cost the district approximately $62,000. view article arw

School trustee arrested in bribery inquiry Prosecutors say a San Antonio school board member has been indicted in a public corruption investigation involving alleged bribes from insurers seeking district contracts. FBI agents on Thursday arrested Olga Hernandez in San Antonio. The 66-year-old San Antonio Independent School District trustee faces one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services wire fraud. view article arw

Weslaco ISD students will have the opportunity on Thursday to speak to a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station. Arminda “Mindy” Muñoz, public information officer for the district, said on Monday that students will be making the “earth-to-space” call at around 11 a.m. for a 20-minute conversation scheduled to air live on NASA Television and on the agency’s website. According to a school district press release, Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson will answer students’ questions from the Weslaco ISD Performing Arts Center at Central Middle School. view article arw

In the effort to improve bus and student safety, McAllen ISD is adding new video cameras to its school buses. The district is upgrading the camera systems on their buses. Nearly 1/3 of all their buses have been equipped with a new camera system that can record from more angles than the older model and transmit wirelessly. Jacob Martinez – McAllen ISD Transportation Director says, "We have this new camera system that is wirelessly connected and to our office and it enables us to pull video from the buses without having to remove any of the components and it enables us to access this information a lot quicker when we're requested for video documentation. view article arw

When Spring ISD voters approved a $330 million bond referendum in November 2016, they sanctioned the purchase of 60 new buses, and now the district must hire 60 more drivers to operate the vehicles before the start of the next school year.  “We need to start recruiting and hiring now so that we can address training needs,” SISD Transportation Director Keith Kaup said.  Kaup said it will be challenging to fill 60 positions, but by starting the hiring process early the district will be ready for the 2017-18 school year. view article arw

COPPERAS COVE, TX (KXXV) - Copperas Cove ISD said that a maintenance employee prevented a house fire last Thursday.  The employee, Raymond Riddle, extinguished a growing fire around noon before it reached a house.  The district said Riddle was on a noon bus route with students on the way to Mae Stevens Learning Academy when he saw a fire spreading due to winds in a yard at 2103/2105 Scott Dr. view article arw

After NBC 5 Investigates reported bus drivers with Dallas County Schools were racing through red lights and others were making kids late for class, administrators with the Dallas Independent School District are taking new steps to keep the beleaguered bus contractor on a short leash. view article arw

One Whitehouse ISD student was taken to the hospital Monday morning after the school bus they were riding in hit an unoccupied vehicle. At approximately 7:30 am, Whitehouse ISD bus No. 22 clipped an unoccupied, stationary vehicle in Forest Hollow Estates while the driver attempted to turn the bus around, according to a statement from Whitehouse ISD. view article arw

The Louisiana State Police is investigating a crash that sent 38 children to the hospital.  view article arw

An Austin ISD school bus driver taking 60 elementary school students home was pulled over by police officers Friday afternoon following reports of erratic driving. view article arw

A Copperas Cove Independent School District employee will be honored tonight for extinguishing a yard fire, stopping it before it spread to the home.  CCISD maintenance employee Raymond Riddle was on a noon bus route with students Thursday, going to Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy, when he saw a fire spreading due to winds in a yard in the 2100 block of Scott Drive, according to Wendy Sledd, public information officer for the school district. view article arw

SPRING, TX -- The Spring Independent School District Board of Trustees approved increasing the hourly wage for licensed bus drivers to $16.50 starting in February along with additional benefits in an effort to recruit bus drivers for the 2017-18 school year. In November, voters approved a bond referendum that will allow the district to purchase 60 new buses needed to provide transportation services to 5,000 more students who live within a one-mile radius. “We made a commitment to our community that we would move quickly to implement the transportation piece of the bond referendum in time for the next school year," said Mark Miranda, Spring ISD chief operations officer. view article arw

A school bus from Caldwell ISD has been involved in a deadly accident along Highway 21 between Caldwell and Bryan. view article arw

A small community in Wise County has been told school buses will no longer drive up their roads, because they're too dangerous and in terrible shape. view article arw

Frustrated parents and a school district trying to help after roads become too rough for even the school bus. The roads have been deteriorating for some time but are now too bad for even a school bus to safely make it through the Oliver Creek neighborhood in Wise County not far from Rhome. view article arw

An Austin ISD school bus was involved in a crash on Loyola Lane and Millrace Drive, according to Austin — Travis County EMS. There were four students on board at the time of the crash around 6 a.m. Officials say the students weren’t from a specific school, but allowed to ride a bus to a school in another part of town. view article arw

An accident involving a Katy ISD bus was rear-ended by an SUV with a mother and two kids inside. view article arw

Officials say no one was injured in a morning wreck involving a Longview ISD school bus. Gregg County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Josh Tubb said the wreck happened on U.S. 259 north of Longview near the Bar-K Ranch store. view article arw

Several students on a Pflugerville Independent School District bus had to be checked by paramedics after the bus they were riding in got into a crash Monday afternoon in north Austin. view article arw

Multiple school districts in Central Texas are feeling the pain of not having enough bus drivers. At the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, the transportation department reports that they are 15 drivers short. view article arw

Every morning, moms like Cassandra Mandry drop off their young ones at day care, and from there they catch the bus to school. However, that will change this fall. Her day care provider received a letter form Pine Tree ISD informing her of the change. “It basically just told us that at the beginning of next year, they weren't going to drop off or pick up at child care centers in the Pine Tree school district." Says Swing Shift Day Care Director April Stutz view article arw

Two Aldine Independent School District buses were involved in a collision early Wednesday morning in north Houston. The crash happened about 6:400 a.m. on Aldine Westfield near the Sam Houston Parkway, according to the Houston Police Department. view article arw

The Northeast Independent School District has a new bus safety mechanism in place. It's installed on nearly every bus, and it came at no cost to the district. Earl Stewart, NEISD's operations director, said the system comes with seven exterior cameras, as well as several new interior cameras. Each of the exterior cameras is angled differently so that it can record several lanes of traffic and record a vehicle's license plate number. view article arw

A wreck between an 18-wheeler and a Academy ISD school bus has sent a teen to the hospital. The teen is 16 years old. view article arw

A school bus belonging to the Bryan Independent School District was involved in an accident with a pickup truck, according to a school district spokesman. It happened around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday on Tabor Road near FM 2776 outside the Bryan city limits. view article arw

Former Bryan school district superintendent Tommy Wallis has gone to court in an effort to block the release of additional records that might include what was written about him by his leadership team. Wallis filed a lawsuit in Austin after the Texas Attorney General’s office directed Bryan ISD to release more documents.  Two weeks ago, Wallis did not oppose the release of an e-mail and a recording of a private meeting last September where he was told to consider a buyout then was instructed to give up district property and leave the administration building. view article arw

The Waco Independent School District Board of Trustees recently announced the district’s first step in its search for a new superintendent. School board members announced in a press release Tuesday they have hired the Texas Association of School Boards’ Executive Search Services to assist with the superintendent search. view article arw

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Sam Rayburn Speaker Series forum on Tuesday, February 7, will feature renown American education historian and public school champion Diane Ravitch. Dr. Ravitch will deliver the keynote address at 11:00 a.m. in Ferguson Auditorium. The focus of the presentation, and the panel discussion to immediately follow, will be on her book, Reign of Error, answering the question: What went wrong with public education in America? view article arw

Sixty-five 4th and 5th grade students were taken to Cleveland Emergency Hospital after the school bus they were riding on ran into a ditch, and rolled onto its right side. The accident happened at about 4p.m. Wednesday on FM 1010 near County Road 325, according to Cleveland ISD police Chief Rex Evans. view article arw