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New law allows school districts to record student conversations on buses

from The Republic

The days of hearsay "he said, she said" reports on school bus incidents might be over, at least in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation in February allowing the use of audio recording devices on school buses, and many districts are taking advantage of the law. The recordings can be used for "disciplinary and security purposes," the bill states. Video surveillance already was permitted. Almost a decade after bus company Laidlaw Transit was found to be collecting audio recordings of students from West Mifflin Area School District without their consent, the district now has authorized audio surveillance on buses. Pittsburgh, McKeesport Area, Gateway and Seneca Valley also have adopted policies allowing the taping. more

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