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Blue Bird Exhibits at Chinese International School Bus Show


Blue Bird Corp. was the only American school bus manufac-


turer to attend Beijing’s first-ever exhibition on school buses in February, and the company said it is exploring partnerships with local companies. Blue Bird displayed its flagship Type C Conventional Vision at the China International School Bus De- velopment Forum and Exhibition, which was sanctioned by the Ministry of Education. Te Chinese government has been calling for more stringent


student transportation standards in the country since a No- vember crash involving a nine-passenger school bus crammed with 62 kindergarten students killed 21 students. Blue Bird representatives also used the trip to meet with several


Chinese bus manufacturers and to review engineering and assem- bly processes used to manufacture Chinese school buses. Te company said thousands of trade show attendees, including


government officials, media and potential customers, visited Blue Bird’s booth and Vision school bus between Feb. 15 and 18. Last month, China adopted new safety regulations to ensure rural students have access to school buses.


Survey: Cuts to School Bus Routes Could Increase 30


Percent for 2012-2013 Te American Association of School Administrators


(AASA) released a study in which nearly 40 percent of respondents said their school districts are considering cutting bus routes or availability for the 2012–2013 school year, compared to 29 percent during the current school year. Responses indicate that service cuts could climb by 30 percent as state budget shortfalls continue to hit local schools and their transportation services. Te survey of 528 school administrator members is the


latest in a series that projects how budget cuts are affect- ing classroom education and related services. AASA said nearly 3 in 10 school administrators reported their dis- tricts cut bus routes last school year, while 45 percent said they are not considering the cost-cutting measure. But, the survey also found that fewer transportation


positions will be eliminated for the next school year — dropping from a 36-percent reduction in 2011–2012 to a 22-percent reduction.


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