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U.S. Department of Education releases guidelines

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For decades the public school education environment has included a near draconian intolerance toward any discussion of the Christian religion in the classroom. The 'No Child Left Behind Act' of 2001 includes a section seldom mentioned in the press that directs the U.S. Department of Education to establish guidelines for allowing classroom prayer and religous studies.

By James Kraemer. Kraemer often presents unique opinions that can sometimes be in conflict with school bus industry and related government agencies views. The opinions expressed in his commentaries are his own and are not necessarily those of 2safeschools sponsorships or other participants related to 2safeschools school bus safety education activities. Presenting this story is not an endorsement by 2safeschools 'for' or 'against' this issue. Kraemer's commentary is provided for educational and informational purposes only.

By James Kraemer
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The Nation - The ACLU has been a main instigator in helping to promote religious intolerance in our nation's public schools. The result of the ACLU's special interest involvement in some schools and the courts, concerning this issue, has been nothing short of astonishing: No Christian bibles, no prayer and no mention of God in classroom studies, homework and virtually anywhere on public school grounds.

The Pledge of Allegiance recently came under attack because of the words, "under God," even though there is no requirement that students must recite the pledge.


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In 2001 a Sacramento, California, physician, also possessing a law degree, Dr. Michael Newdow, brought the lawsuit to ban "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. Reportedly, Newdow said he did so because in his opinion that pledge is actually a prayer. Newdow implied that his daughter is an atheist and he said she "was injured" by hearing under God recited in the pledge. His second-grade daughter attends public school in California and he wanted to keep her from being exposed to religion while at school.

Shortly after the 9-11 terrorist attack in New York, a school bus driver in Carroll County, (Maryland) was fired for the offense of allowing students to pray on the bus for the victims of that attack. Bus driver Stella Tsourakis is appealing to the courts in the hope of getting her job back.

These are a few of many recent events that have continually sent a nationwide anti-Christian message to children and their parents, regardless of numerous polls and survey's that support Christian prayer in our public schools. ...

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WCTA is billed as a team of highly trained professionals dedicated to providing children in Sonoma County, Calif. with the safest, highest quality transportation possible. "Our most important asset is our children, whose safety and well being will always remain our top priority." WCTA's school bus safety efforts, presented at their easy to navigate website, successfully communicates a professional team effort with school staff, bus drivers, parents and children. "Everybody has a job in school bus safety, the students, the parents, the driver, as well as the motorist." Their site is abundant with training ideas so well presented that any school district or transportation provider, thinking of starting or improving their own bus safety website, would want to include WCTA's site in their research. The combining of easy navigation and sophisticated training ideas, hard to find anywhere else, are abundant throughout the WCTA Website. | School Bus Safety Page | Kids Coloring Page | Training Wheels Newsletter (pdf) | Instructor Info and driver practice tests | Employment | More Websites/Comments

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Death at the school bus stopJames Kraemer, author of the pending book, "Dangerous school buses," has put together excerpts into a free booklet (PDF format) titled, "Death at the school bus stop." Right click here (save target as...) to download your free template, courtesy First Coast Community.

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Kids make school bus safety video A nine minute video produced by kids is one of the most impressive 2safeschools has received for review. This short, informative video, produced by the Minneapolis, MN, KARE-11 TV "Whatever" show, also a kid-produced and created Saturday morning show, teaches school bus safety on the bus, at bus stops and at school. It is so well done both kids and adults can relate comfortably to the abundance of information provided in the video. KARE-11 has received requests for the video from six countries throughout the world. Click here for more information. | Video Sample | More School Bus Technology/Comments.
SPIDER-MAN Critical Review
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The Spider-Man movie opening scene includes a school bus scene adequate for school bus student safe practices discussion. The scene has been captured in wmf/mpeg format and includes slides for classroom discussion. Included free on a 2safeschools CD later this year, the review and slide presentation in Internet format can be downloaded free by Clicking Here.

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The School Bus - Safety Ignored
In some countries there are no enforced transportation standards, other than what nature provides. Death is a common standard nature provides. Click here for story.
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