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November 17, 2011 | Associated Press
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Thanksgiving will be just another day on the road for many school bus drivers in one South Jersey town. Lakewood in Ocean County is asking scores of drivers to work in order to transport about 18,000 Orthodox Jewish students to and from their private schools in the township. State law requires public school districts to pay for transportation to private-school students every Monday through Friday from September through June. In most places, private schools are closed on major holidays.
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November 1, 1987 | By Roy Seneca, Special to The Inquirer
Audubon Park school board president Judy Vanrell has expressed concern about overcrowding and a lack of discipline on school buses carrying Audubon Park children to elementary schools in Audubon. Vanrell said she believes that there may be more than 60 students at one time on some buses that have a 54-student capacity. While following a bus home one day, Vanrell said, she counted more than 60 children getting on and off the bus, and she noticed students walking in the aisles and hanging out the windows.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Those shamrocks suddenly adorning Medford school buses might look like St. Patrick's Day decorations, but they'll be part of the local landscape for years to come. The Medford School District on Tuesday became the first district in New Jersey to carry advertising on its buses. The five-inch shamrocks belong to a small chain of supermarkets that bought the first ads. "I'm ecstatic," Superintendent Joseph Del Rossi said Tuesday morning at the district's transportation center on Chairville Road.
NEWS
May 2, 1997 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Forty students from the Orchard Valley Middle School and two school bus drivers were briefly hospitalized yesterday after they experienced nausea and dizziness while riding on school buses that had been sprayed by vandals with foam from fire extinguishers. Fred DeLia, the township's director of emergency management, said the students and drivers were treated at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-Washington Division and released. He added that an employee at the township school district's fenced-in bus lot, at Ganttown Road and Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, called police about 3:30 a.m. after spotting three juveniles climbing over a fence and leaving the lot. A search showed that vandals had removed the fire extingushers on seven or eight buses and sprayed the powdery chemical inside the vehicles.
NEWS
February 21, 1995 | BY JIM ACTON
Schoolkids are learning firsthand what it's like to live in a society that is limiting the rights of its children. Kids are getting this lesson every time they hop on a school bus equipped with a video surveillance camera. More and more school districts are doing this. But the very fact act of recording students' behavior is more outrageous than what's being captured on film. I agree, video cameras will undeniably show who did what to whom. By reviewing "game films," school officials can identify those children who were fighting, those who were praying, if it comes to that, and those who were innocent.
NEWS
July 21, 1987 | By Lillian Micko, Special to The Inquirer
Cherry Hill School Superintendent Philip Esbrandt said last night that the district would know in a few weeks exactly how many non-public school children it would be busing in the coming school year. Speaking at a board meeting, Esbrandt said the board was required by state law to notify non-public school students about transportation services by Aug. 1. The board, he said, will receive bids for all school bus routes today. Non-public school busing in Cherry Hill became an issue last spring when leaflets were distributed declaring that the board was planning to end busing services.
NEWS
November 16, 2009
WHEN SCHOOL buses idle for longer than a few minutes, there is a potential risk of pollution being spewed around the neighborhood and schools. This goes for other vehicles or diesel trucks dropping off food for the school cafeteria. For children, health experts state that diesel exhaust presents a serious health concern, especially in asthmatics, and can trigger an attack. Idling trucks or cars may not seem like a huge concern, but the Environmental Defense Fund states that they put 130,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 940 tons of carbon monoxide into the atmosphere each year.
NEWS
January 20, 1986 | By S. E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
The Centennial school board has voiced its opposition to making seat belts in school buses mandatory, favoring instead a system of padded seats, such as those in the district's newer buses. At a board meeting Tuesday night, members discussed a recent suggestion by U.S. Rep. Peter H. Kostmayer (D., Bucks) that federal legislation make seat belts mandatory in school buses. Board member George Kelly said that the board was against the legislation and that it preferred seats with padding on the fronts and backs.
NEWS
August 26, 1986 | By Patricia Quigley, Special to The Inquirer
The Voorhees Township Committee last night gave preliminary approval to a law to keep school bus drivers from parking the buses overnight at their homes. The committee approved, on first reading, an amendment to a zoning ordinance prohibiting buses in residential areas at any time except to pick up or discharge passengers. "Basically, it's the overnight parking in driveways or streets that's the objection," Mayor James L. Curran said. He said residents had complained about school buses parked on private property.
NEWS
June 29, 1986 | By Nancy Meanix and Donna Watson, Special to The Inquirer
What started as a child's question led to a successful campaign this spring by a Chester County woman to persuade a school district to buy four school buses equipped with seat belts. When the buses become part of the 42-vehicle fleet at the Tredyffrin- Easttown School District in the fall, the district will become one of only 110 in the country - and the fifth in the state - to have such buses. After receiving a recommendation by a safety committee composed of a school board member, a principal, a bus driver, the district's transportation director and parent Pat Imperato, the school board voted unanimously in March to buy the buses.
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May 13, 2015
IT APPEARS to me that what is wrong with Philadelphia public schools is not that there are not enough charter schools but that there are too many. As the city threatens to raise my property tax to pay for more charter schools, it seems to me that while the charter-school idea was filled with promise when it was introduced, it is overwhelming an already overwhelmed public-school system. The cost to educate a child in a charter school is higher than it cost the public-school system.
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December 5, 2013 | By Troy Graham and Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writers
City Council moved Tuesday on a long-percolating idea to raise money for the School District of Philadelphia - by selling advertising space on district buildings. The chief sponsor of the plan, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, noted that large school districts around the country already sell ads on schools and buses. She said selling ads here would provide "much-needed revenue" for a district grappling with a $304 million budget shortfall. "So imagine, like in California, a West Philadelphia football field paid for by Nike," she said before the Rules Committee approved her bill.
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round, as every schoolchild knows. But do all the lights on the bus go flash and blink? Are the treads on the tires deep and sharp? Do the brakes work? Does the alarm sound when an emergency exit opens? Parents make an act of faith every time they put a child on a school bus. And so, with a new school year dawning, the chairman of New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission was on the road this week to assure them that those big yellow boxes on wheels are safe.
NEWS
August 8, 2013
NOW FOR a tale of clout, political power and how, sometimes, things get done. State Senate President Joe Scarnati is a man with serious sway and a willingness to use it. Folks running Brookville Area Schools in Scarnati's sprawling western Pennsylvania district are experiencing this firsthand. The school district, in Jefferson County, last month was handed a PennDOT decision that came, well, out of the blue. It requires the district to bus the kids of a Scarnati family friend, even though the kids live within state-designated walking distance to school.
NEWS
March 27, 2013 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
School buses of drunken college kids are never a good thing. Especially in Old City. That's the message Capt. Brian Korn of the Sixth Police District wanted made clear after large crowds of college students arrived at a Market Street lounge in yellow school buses Thursday night. "This lends itself to an 'Animal House' atmosphere, which of course is not a very inviting atmosphere for the non-fraternity type of visitors Old City businesses like to attract," Korn wrote Friday in a e-mail to Graham Copeland, executive director of the Old City Special Service District.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013 | By Mike Newall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
School buses of drunk college kids are never a good thing. Especially in Old City. That's the message Capt. Brian Korn of the 6th Police District wanted made clear after large crowds of college students arrived at a Market Street lounge in yellow school buses Thursday night. "This lends itself to an 'Animal House' atmosphere, which of course is not a very inviting atmosphere for the non-fraternity type of visitors Old City businesses like to attract," Korn wrote Friday in a e-mail to Graham Copeland, executive director of the Old City Special Service District.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Those shamrocks suddenly adorning Medford school buses might look like St. Patrick's Day decorations, but they'll be part of the local landscape for years to come. The Medford School District on Tuesday became the first district in New Jersey to carry advertising on its buses. The five-inch shamrocks belong to a small chain of supermarkets that bought the first ads. "I'm ecstatic," Superintendent Joseph Del Rossi said Tuesday morning at the district's transportation center on Chairville Road.
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By David O’Reilly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Those shamrocks suddenly adorning Medford school buses might look like St. Patrick's Day decorations, but they'll be part of the local landscape for years to come. The Medford School District on Tuesday became the first district in New Jersey to carry advertising on its buses. The five-inch shamrocks belong to a small chain of supermarkets that bought the first ads. "I'm ecstatic," Superintendent Joseph Del Rossi said Tuesday morning at the district's transportation center on Chairville Road.
TRAVEL
February 18, 2013 | By Philippa J. Chaplin, Inquirer Travel Editor
After the first of the year, I had the opportunity to visit Baltimore. I say opportunity because I had long thought of it as a harbor and a tunnel to D.C., not a   real   city like Philadelphia. So, when I learned I would be going to Baltimore to celebrate the 105th anniversary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.'s founding, I was eager to see the city. I took the train from 30th Street Station and arrived about 8 p.m. on a Thursday. When I left Philly, people were walking around downtown, coming and going.
NEWS
November 30, 2012 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Starting in the fall, Cherry Hill secondary students will begin school a half-hour earlier each morning. Which sounds like no big deal. Unless you've got kids, or are one. "I hate it," says Josh Lovell, 15, a Cherry Hill West freshman. "I hate getting up. " Some parents don't like the prospect of high schools starting classes at 7:30 a.m. either. They cite studies suggesting teens learn better with a good night's sleep and worry that Cherry Hill students already are stressed out and sleep-deprived.
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