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DOT eases test requirements for potential school bus drivers

Jan. 19, 2022 12:36 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will temporarily ease the requirements for becoming a school bus driver in an attempt to get more people behind the wheel and help school districts strained by a shortage of drivers. The DOT is waiving the portion of...

Bus driver shortage forces Vancouver schools to go remote

Jan. 11, 2022 21:13 PM EST

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A shortage of bus drivers caused by a surge of the highly contagious COVID-19 omicron variant has forced Vancouver Public Schools in southwest Washington to switch to a rotating schedule of remote instruction in its middle and high schools, making it the latest Pacific...

Kemp seeks $2,000 bonuses for teachers soon to speed raise

Jan. 11, 2022 15:28 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp wants teachers to get the remaining $2,000 of his proposed $5,000 raise as soon as possible, with plans to ask lawmakers to give teachers a one-time $2,000 bonus before the current budget year ends, according to information obtained by The Associated Press. ...

Familiar tax cuts, new bonuses in SC governor's budget

Jan. 10, 2022 16:01 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster's suggestion for how South Carolina should spend billions of extra dollars contains some familiar requests he hasn't got in his five years in office like cutting income taxes. But the governor is sprinkling in some new proposals, like...

School bus service suspended due to driver COVID-19 cases

Jan. 08, 2022 14:44 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — High school students in two North Carolina cities won't be able to ride school buses for at least two weeks because a large number of drivers are temporarily out of work after testing positive for COVID-19. The News & Record of Greensboro reports that...

Lincoln Public Schools to return to mask mandates this week

Jan. 03, 2022 17:45 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln Public Schools will again require masks in all schools when classes resume this week, district officials announced Monday. Two weeks ago, the district had planned to require masks only for elementary school students and staff during the upcoming...

Davenport schools cancel classes, citing bus driver shortage

Jan. 03, 2022 13:44 PM EST

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Schools in Davenport surprised parents Monday with an announcement that classes had been cancelled because there weren’t enough drivers to run school bus routes. The Davenport Community School District informed parents early Monday that classes were...

Education leaders ask for raises for teachers, bus drivers

Dec. 21, 2021 12:09 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The state Education Department is asking South Carolina lawmakers to increase pay for all teachers by 2% next school year. The agency's budget request also said leaders want to tweak pay for teachers in their first five years of service so they get the full...

Staffing shortages compound struggles in Vegas area schools

Dec. 20, 2021 14:32 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Teachers, bus drivers and other support staff are quitting their jobs in Las Vegas-area schools, compounding the problems facing students and employees in the Clark County School District nearly two years into the coronavirus pandemic. The vacancies have forced...

'My kids': Bus drivers deliver gifts after school closes

Dec. 18, 2021 12:52 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A school bus driver in suburban Detroit wasn't going to let “her kids” get late Christmas gifts, even if the district suddenly had switched to remote learning because of a threat over social media. Dawn Moles said the ornaments she made for West Bloomfield...