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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1993
Here's a happy twist on the old story of school busing: Teachers of the San Fernando Valley's Taft High School took their "back to school" meeting to the South-Central neighborhood that is home for 40% of their students. The unusual session, which was held at Jefferson High School, was a big help to parents for whom the 20-mile journey to the suburban campus is a hardship.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
John Greenwood, a political moderate who headed the Los Angeles Board of Education in the mid-1980s and later served as president of the Southern California branch of the nonprofit Coro organization, has died. He was 67. Greenwood died of a heart attack Oct. 11 in San Pedro, where he and his family had lived for many years, said his sister-in-law Peg Greenwood. First elected to the school board in 1979, Greenwood saw his eight-year tenure begin at a time of deep contention among trustees and in the sprawling district over court-ordered mandatory school busing for integration, which had been launched the previous year.
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NEWS
December 20, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The two victims of mail bombs in the South had something in common--both were known as civil rights advocates, and both may have died for their activities. Judge Robert S. Vance, 58, had ordered busing for school desegregation, sided with blacks in suits against white-controlled city governments and reinstated a federal lawsuit against members of the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama during his 11 years on the federal appeals court based in Atlanta.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2012 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
School buses are likely to keep rolling for now, as the Legislature on Thursday restored $248 million for home-to-school transportation that was particularly crucial for small and rural school districts that need to take students across long distances. Gov. Jerry Brown, who eliminated the school busing money as of January after state revenues fell short of projections, has indicated that he supports the move. Educators throughout California had mobilized against the midyear elimination of all busing money, arguing that it would hit hardest remote districts such as Death Valley, which spends about $3,400 per student, compared to $26 or less for many suburban districts.
NEWS
September 9, 1993 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of Monrovia parents are clamoring for the school district to bring back the buses that ferry children to and from school--even if they have to pay for the rides. Monrovia Unified eliminated its school busing program in June, which will save up to $200,000 annually. But the district failed to provide families with alternatives.
NEWS
May 16, 1985
The Reagan Administration, seeking to avoid mandatory school busing, has approved another in a series of "magnet-school" desegregation programs, the Justice Department said. The department said the magnet-school system approach would be permitted in lieu of mandatory cross-town busing in the Phoenix Union High School District under a proposed consent decree filed by the department and school officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1992 | DANIELLE A. FOUQUETTE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Junior and senior high school students in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District who were facing a long walk to school next year may not get kicked off the bus after all. The Board of Trustees tonight will reconsider its decision to eliminate busing for secondary students for the 1992-93 school year. In April, the board voted to eliminate busing for students in grades seven through 12 as part of $3.5 million in proposed budget cuts.
NEWS
November 6, 1999 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Among the first schoolchildren bused to integrate the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District in 1970 was a 14-year-old black boy with thick glasses and no idea what awaited him in a white classroom on the other side of town.
NEWS
July 13, 1997 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Swimming against the tide of black opinion, John Lee Johnson never supported the 1971 school busing plan that sent black children from their poor and working-class neighborhoods in this city's center to affluent suburbs just so they could attend classes with white kids.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1995
Re "2 Children Die as Trash Truck Rod Rips School Bus," Dec. 7: What a tragedy! Is there $1 or one job worth even an injured child, much less a child gone forever? I think not. We teach our children to avoid all of the possible dangers as they walk to school, but then we put them on buses to go across town--and for what? Busing requirements for integration purposes are no longer required. Wouldn't it be much smarter and more cost-effective to put the millions of dollars we are spending on busing into educating our children, especially when California is so near the very bottom of the list in achievement, and get the smelly, nonessential bus traffic off the streets and highways, with only the exception being those essential for outlying districts?
BUSINESS
August 25, 2011 | Bloomberg News
The U.S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration denied a petition from safety groups, consumer advocates and doctors to require seat belts in school buses, saying the vehicles are "already very safe. " The cost of adding belts — $5,485 to $7,346 per bus — would outweigh expected benefits, the agency said in a notice that will be published Thursday in the Federal Register. Requiring seat belts may force school districts to reduce bus service and lead to more students walking or riding in cars, both of which are more dangerous than riding a bus, the agency said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2010 | By Rick Rojas and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The school bus in which 21 people were injured when it flipped on its side after being broadsided by a speeding BMW in Boyle Heights is among hundreds of buses transporting students in the Los Angeles Unified School District that are not equipped with seat belts. The school bus is a reflection of the district's aging fleet, in which two-thirds of the buses still lack restraints, according to district figures. Since July 2005, school buses built to carry more than 16 passengers have been required to have three-point seat belts ?
NATIONAL
March 25, 2010 | By David Zucchino
After a raucous meeting in which police expelled protesters and arrested three people amid accusations of segregation and Jim Crow, the county school board here has reversed three decades of busing designed to achieve diversity. In a contentious 5-4 vote, the Wake County school board voted late Tuesday to approve a new policy that will assign students to schools in their neighborhoods under a "community school zone" program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2009 | Amy Littlefield
Nancy and Bryan Lara, ages 10 and 8, knew something was wrong when they saw a tractor surrounded by white clouds near their school bus stop in Caruthers. "I know that clouds are not on the ground, they're in the sky," Bryan said. The children hid behind a row of grapevines, but they could taste the noxious blend of liquid sulfur, gibberellic acid, insecticide and fertilizer as the rig rolled past them, billowing out its chemical cargo. Moments earlier, the mist had enveloped 17-year-old Carina at another stop about two blocks away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2008 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Thousands more California students will have to find their own way to school this fall, as districts slash bus routes to cope with budget shortfalls and high fuel costs. Critics worry that the cuts will increase traffic around schools, shift costs to parents already struggling with rising gas prices and prompt more absenteeism, hurting students' academic achievement. But paramount is the fear that the reductions will endanger students as more walk or drive to school.
NATIONAL
May 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two school buses crashed at a bus stop in Monroe, injuring 22 children and a bus driver, authorities said. The elementary-age children and the driver were treated for cuts and bruises, but all were released from hospitals within a few hours, school officials said. The cause of the crash was under investigation.
NATIONAL
May 25, 2006 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Aging school buses continue to spew harmful diesel across the United States, a new report based on federal and state data says, and major funding is needed to address the problem. The report, released Wednesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists in Berkeley, found that the nation's 505,000 school buses were some of the oldest and dirtiest vehicles on the road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2005 | Julie Cart, Times Staff Writer
The South Coast Air Quality Management District on Wednesday urged the state to adopt strict emissions standards for Los Angeles' school bus fleet, saying continued exposure to diesel exhaust puts children's health at risk. The statement came a day before the California Air Resources Board is scheduled to consider a rule requiring that new school buses purchased to transport Southern California students have the cleanest-burning engines available.
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