Special Needs

Back to the Basics

In the last 10 days, I’ve become aware of decisions and deliberations that have important implications. These newsworthy items provoked considerable thought on my part – I knew they were important...but were they important to school transportation professionals?

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Transportation and Charter Schools

In one of the most recent bursts of education reform in our nation, charter schools have become a common topic of conversation among educators. Proponents of charter schools and supporters of traditional public education vocally support or oppose the charter school movement. Regardless of your personal opinion about charter schools, 41 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico currently have charter school statutes. When it comes to charter schools, discussions about student transportation oftentimes is an afterthought.

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Picking Your Battles

Recently I received a call from a frantic, newly appointed supervisor of transportation, who was overwhelmed by excessive calls from a parent of a child with disabilities.

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IDEA Hits the Road: First Impressions (Part 2)

Editor's note -- This article is the second in a two-part series discussing the definition of the related service transportation, discipline, behavior, alternative educational settings and expulsion from the school bus. In part two, the author focuses on Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, personnel training, transportation to charter schools and private school placements made by parents, multiple educational program sites and procedural safeguards and due process hearings.

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