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School transportation companies compete for drivers

from The Associated Press via Education Week

Minnesota school bus companies are offering signing bonuses and attempting to lure employees from competitors to fill a critical shortage of drivers. Ronna Weber, executive director of the National School Transportation Association, said that when the economy is strong and unemployment is low, potential drivers might balk at job qualifications, which include a commercial driver's license, physical exam, drug test, background and driver's history checks. During the first weeks of classes, buses were two hours late at Beacon Academy Charter School in Maple Grove. Parents had to organize a carpool to get students home while teachers stayed after school to supervise student who were waiting for buses. more

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