26 Sep '15, 12pm

Doctoral Dissertation Examines Danger of Non-conforming Vans - School Transportation News

This fact was uncovered by Mary Brown during research for her doctorate in educational administration at Northern Illinois University . Her research was conducted during the 2004-2005 school year. Dr. Brown's dissertation (yes, she was awarded her doctorate) is believed to be the first scholarly research into this volatile issue. Her stated objective was to examine school district use, or misuse, of 15-passenger vans for student transportation purposes in Illinois. "Can Illinois school districts use 15-passenger vans for student transportation?" she asked. "The answer is a qualified yes." The distinction hinges on whether the transportation is for a voluntary school activity or one that requires student attendance and participation, which can be traced to a loophole in state law enacted a decade ago. According to Brown, "In July 1995, the Illinois Legislature added an exem...

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