school bus safety

Increased police patrols surrounding school bus stops paid for by a grant program has nabbed more than 400 Hoosiers running stop arms of stopped buses.

Nearly 40 police agencies used SAVE grants to pay for extra patrols surrounding schools and bus routes.

Three students in Indiana were hit and killed last year, as they went to board their school bus. 

Hundreds of thousands of dollars are heading to law enforcement agencies across the state for increased school bus stop safety.

Most 2019 Legislation Takes Effect July 1

Jul 1, 2019

Most of the nearly 300 new laws crafted by the General Assembly this year take effect Monday.

The 2019 legislative session has officially come to an end, and lawmakers’ attempts to address a number of education issues are receiving mixed reviews.

School Bus Safety Bill Heads To Governor

Apr 24, 2019
Kids getting off a school bus (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

Indiana drivers who recklessly pass school buses when the stop arm is out will face increased penalties under legislation headed to the governor.

House Republicans quickly approve their preferred hate crimes language. Dramatic changes made to a major gaming bill. And the House unanimously passes a bill to improve school bus traffic safety.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hate Crimes

Monroe County Schools Corporation school bus. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

House lawmakers unanimously approved legislation Monday that creates harsher penalties for drivers who illegally pass school buses.

The bill responds to an incident in Rochester, Indiana, last year in which three children were killed.

Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) says he has a "very strong, philosophical opposition to revenue sharing with private companies out of criminal penalties or criminal fines." (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

House lawmakers have changed a school bus safety bill to eliminate a way for schools to pay for cameras on school bus stop arms.

The legislation comes as a result of an incident that killed three Rochester, Indiana schoolchildren last year.

A new study shows hate crimes laws often aren’t utilized. House lawmakers change a school bus safety bill. And a Senate panel advances a bill to loosen restrictions on adoption advertising.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hate Crimes Research