The Henderson County District Attorney’s Office has recused itself in the case against the bus driver accused in the death of an Athens ISD student. Jenny Palmer took over of John Franklin Stevens, 80, of the DA’s office in January. On Feb. 10, Palmer filed a motion to recuse, citing a conflict of interest. In the motion, she stated the attorney general’s office has agreed to prosecute the case. view article arw

As the Texas Legislature considers a measure that would mandate a student-to-teacher ratio in prekindergarten classrooms, Longview-area school officials say the move would have little effect here.  House Bill 41 would require that a pre-K classroom not exceed 11 students with one teacher or 22 students with a teacher and a teacher’s aide.  The Texas Education Code only recommends a ratio, stating that “a school district must attempt to maintain an average ratio in any prekindergarten program class of not less than one certified teacher or teacher’s aide for each 11 students.”    (06) view article arw

(The Center Square) – In response to an inquiry from state Rep. James White, R–Hillister, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion on school district policy related to vaccine mandates. White expressed concerns about a news report issued by KSAT-TV in San Antonio, pointing to mandatory vaccine requirements. Prior to students enrolling in school last fall, vaccine requirements (not COVID vaccines) were mandatory, although there were some exemptions.    (24) view article arw

An Alief ISD bus was involved in a crash on the feeder road of the Southwest Freeway Monday afternoon. Houston police responded to reports of an accident at 9201 Club Creek around 3:30 p.m. view article arw

After being hired by Longview ISD in February, former Spring Hill ISD Superintendent Wayne Guidry already is starting to make changes to the district’s transportation department. “Our first goal is meeting the number one need in transportation, and it’s the number one need in every school district in the state of Texas, and that’s just filling your staff and getting drivers,” said Guidry, LISD’s assistant superintendent of business, transportation and technology. view article arw

TYLER, Texas (KETK) — 8-year-old Tyson Spencer and his twin sister Taylor catch the bus around 6:30 in the morning, Monday through Friday. On Tuesday, they made their way to Jack Elementary School like they usually do, only Tyson never got off the bus. Once the teacher noticed he was gone, she immediately contact his mother. “No one wants to get a call that says we can’t find your kid or your kid is missing. And that’s what happened to my daughter yesterday morning,” Tyson’s grandma Donna Menes said. view article arw

Nine Cy-Fair ISD elementary students were injured Thursday morning in a rollover school bus crash in northwest Harris County, officials said. The two-vehicle collision happened near the intersection of Barker Cypress and West Road while the bus was on its way to Postma Elementary School, authorities said. The Cy-Fair ISD police department, Harris County Sheriff's Office and Cy-Fair Fire Department responded to the scene. view article arw

PLANO, Texas — The Plano Police Department is investigating claims of alleged abuse of a 13-year-old by his peers. The allegations were made public through social media posts made by the mother of the teenager. In the social media posts the mother says her son was victim to verbal and physical abuse by his schoolmates at Haggard Middle School in Plano. view article arw

A Cy-Fair Independent School District bus was involved in a crash Thursday morning, leaving multiple students with minor injuries, according to Harris County sheriff's deputies. The crash happened near West Road and Barker Cypress in northwest Harris County. view article arw

LONGIVEW, Texas (KETK) Several East Texas school districts are in need of bus drivers, some even adding extra incentives in hopes of attracting more applicants. Longview ISD Board of Trustees recently approved a pay increase from $18.75 to $19.50 an hour. Assistant Superintendent James Hockenberry said it can be difficult to find applicants and they want to stay competitive because these employees deserve more money. “We need to think outside the box as far as driving school buses because it’s a very, very important job. For some of them it’s the first person they see in the morning and the last person they see, so that interaction with students is vital to what takes place at school.” view article arw

One woman was taken to the hospital this morning, Wednesday, Feb. 24, after she reportedly hit the back of a Gainesville Independent School District bus. Around 6:40 a.m., the bus was rear-ended before students were picked up while traveling westbound on U.S. 82 near Refinery Road, according to Gainesville ISD spokeswoman Leslie Crutsinger. view article arw

BAILEY COUNTY, Texas — The Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday one person was seriously injured in a crash with a Muleshoe ISD school bus just before 1:00 p.m. According to DPS, an SUV was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 84 when it entered the center median, struck a metal “Do Not Enter” sign and crossed a metal culvert in the center median west of County Road 103. A Muleshoe ISD school bus was traveling westbound and was struck by the SUV when it skid through the westbound lanes. The passenger of the SUV, Jaynee Bibbs, was transported on Aerocare to University Medical Center in Lubbock for serious injuries. view article arw

Temple ISD has sent several school buses to the Temple Police Department after the city called to say they needed wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Seven drivers also volunteered to de-ice the buses and drive them. They have radios from the city so they'll know where Temple residents are who need to be picked up and taken to warming shelters. view article arw

A judge has set a hearing date in the case of an Athens ISD bus driver charged in connection with the death of one child and injuries to another in 2019. John Franklin Stevens, 80, of Mabank, who was driving a school bus when it was struck by a train in January 2019, is charged with criminally negligent homicide and injury to a child. He is out of jail on bond. view article arw

BRYAN, TX — On Feb 1., the Bryan ISD school board voted to approve spending $1,095,746, to purchase 11 new buses for the district. During Warren Lanphier's presentation, the Director of Transportation noted how this will create an efficient standard replacement cycle. view article arw

Parents of schoolchildren learning from home shouldn't necessarily count on reclaiming the dining room table any time soon. After seeing two academic years thrown off course by the pandemic, school leaders around the country are planning for the possibility of more distance learning next fall at the start of yet another school year. “We have no illusions that COVID will be eradicated by the time the start of the school year comes up,” said William “Chip” Sudderth III, a spokesperson for Durham, North Carolina schools, whose students have been out of school buildings since March. President Joe Biden has made reopening schools a top priority, but administrators say there is much to consider as new strains of the coronavirus appear and teachers wait their turn for vaccinations. And while many parents are demanding that schools fully reopen, others say they won’t feel safe sending children back to classrooms until vaccines are available to even young students. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top public health expert, said late last month the Biden administration hopes to begin vaccinating children by late spring or early summer.    (08) view article arw

One woman is dead after a crash involving a school bus Tuesday evening in Justin, officials say. The Northwest ISD school bus was empty and on its way back to the district's transportation hub following its after-school route, according to a district statement. The crash happened along Farm-to-Market Road 156 just south of State Highway 114 near Northwest High School, according to MedStar. view article arw

The Carthage ISD school board unanimously voted Monday to spend $299,652 to replace three aging school buses in its fleet. The purchase is an annual one for Carthage, which replaces about three of its buses each year — the district runs 37 buses, so buses are replaced around the 10-year mark. Trustees agreed to buy the three new buses from Longhorn Sales, based on the recommendation from Transportation Director Renee Risinger. view article arw

On Friday morning, Princeton ISD took to Facebook to thank McKinney Police for recovering the district’s stolen bus. Carla Marion, Public Information Officer with the McKinney Police Department, stated that a man stole the bus in Princeton and drove it to McKinney. He stopped at a Sam’s Club on U.S. 380 where a concerned resident called it in. Officers stopped the bus on U.S. 380 at Custer Road. view article arw

A Gladewater ISD bus struck a tree and minor injuries are reported by the Gladewater Fire Department. view article arw

Duncanville ISD is putting four school buses on the road that are specifically equipped for high speed internet. According to Duncanville ISD, the new program called 'WiFi on Wheels' kicks off this week, and it is taking internet access to students who may have unreliable or no service at all. School buses equipped with internet transmitters are parked in four locations throughout the district in an effort to offer free wifi to as many students as possible, Duncanville ISD said. view article arw

A driver was shot before crashing into a Spring ISD school bus Tuesday morning in north Harris County, officials say. This happened on FM 1960 near Rolling Creek just before 7:30 a.m. Deputies are in the 1600 block of FM 1960, where a @SpringISD bus has crashed with another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle has a gunshot wound. No reports of injuries to students. view article arw

After four days of frustration over Houston ISD’s new transportation system, which parents widely have derided, Amanda Marshall wanted to know exactly how her 10-year-old son, Henry, was getting to his magnet school. view article arw

Two Austin ISD buses were involved in a crash in southeast Austin on Wednesday morning, and both police and the district say no injuries have been reported. view article arw

Several Conroe ISD elementary school students had minor injuries after a car slammed into their school bus. School officials said 58 students from Ford Elementary were on board at the time of the incident this morning. view article arw

An Abilene ISD bus driver was assaulted Monday morning. Police reports say the driver was transporting students back to the Abilene State Supported Living Center when one of the students refused to stay in his seat. The driver pulled over when he wouldn't sit down as requested, and after she stopped the bus, "the student began punching and kicking the bus driver," according to the reports. view article arw

The Pottsboro Independent School District’s board of trustees discussed a resolution to receive funding for a service they already provide during their regular meeting earlier this week. PISD Superintendent Kevin Matthews explained that Texas law does not provide transportation funding to school districts if the district is transporting students that live within two miles of the schools they attend, unless those areas are dangerous for students to cross. In this situation, that is the case, Matthews said. The board identified five areas they qualified as hazardous: Highway 289, Highway 120, FM 996, FM 1417 and Cardinal Lane. - See more at: http://heralddemocrat.com/news/schools/pottsboro-isd-board-identifies-dangerous-roads-stresses-student-safety#sthash.NCQqqUs4.dpuf view article arw

Humble Independent School District is hiring bus drivers for the 2015-2016 school year. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply online or visit a weekly job fair, held every Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1703 Wilson Rd, Humble, Texas, 77396. Humble ISD offers paid training to qualified applicants.

Heavy rain and high water pushed a Northwest Independent School District bus off the road, where it became stuck Thursday morning, according to authorities. The bus was stopped at a red light on Texas 114 near Farm-to-Market Road 156 when swift water in a heavy rainstorm overtook the road and pushed the bus onto the shoulder, according to Emily Conklin, the district's communications director. view article arw

A student from Parker Intermediate School was struck by a vehicle as he was getting on his school bus Monday morning in north Harris County. view article arw

Frisco ISD has pulled four Blue Bird school buses from its fleet as a precaution after a bus that had been in service for five days caught fire on Tuesday. No one was injured. Representatives from manufacturer Blue Bird and dealer Rush Bus Center met with district staff Wednesday to view the burned bus and the four others. view article arw

Three students from Stehlik Intermediate School in the Aldine Independent School District were taken to an area hospital Tuesday morning after a minor collision with a cement mixer. The wreck happened about 8 a.m. on West Road at Deer Trail Drive as the bus was transporting students to the school at 400 West Road, a school district spokeswoman said. The school is just west of Interstate 45. view article arw