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Week of 1/31/11: Safe schools snippets

Q & A: U.S. Department of Ed official on school bus bullying

About a month after he appeared at the National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit in Portland, Ore., to discuss the problem of school bus bullying, School Transportation News caught up with Kevin Jennings, the assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools to discuss school bus driver-specfic training necessary to combat the problem. Read more in School Transportation News.

Colo. Sen. Steve King proposes new school safety bill

Senator King has recently proposed a School Safety Bill that will allow law enforcement and


medical personnel to respond and communicate directly with school staff. Watch this KREX-TV report. King will lead his second School Safety Summit today (Feb. 4), at the State Capitol in Denver to examine how schools can play a role in the National Emergency Communications Plan and participate in Homeland Security planning at the regional level.

Parents of bullied kids hiring lawyers, suing school districts

Ned Charles IV has a form of cerebral palsy. The 15-year-old is in special-education classes. So was the boy who hit him, grabbed his neck and pushed him to the ground while waiting for a school bus two years ago at Tuskawilla Middle School. Read more in EdWeek. Note: you will be required to register with the site to read the complete story.

Suspect in assault on student has given her resignation

A teacher accused of having sex with a student from her school has tendered her resignation. Read more in the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

A year after tragedy, Deer Creek Middle School students create a new future

After last year, Marty Martin, Adam Morroni and Summer Stafford say Deer Creek Middle School needed something like this. After last year, they wanted to look into the future, not the past. Watch this 9News report.

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