Settlement returns billions to California schools funding

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006The state’s teachers and schools chief Jack O’Connell have settled their lawsuit against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and, as a result, billions of dollars in school funding O’Connell and the teachers claimed the governor misappropriated during the state’s fiscal crisis will be returned to the schools.

“The restoration of funding to Califoria school districts is very positive news,” New Haven schools Superintendent Pat Jaurequi told the James Logan Courier.

“This is a day for celebration in schools throughout California. When this lawsuit was filed, I promised that I would fight up and down the state until the funding owed to our schools was restored,” O’Connell, the state superintendent of Public Instruction, said in a statement last week. “I also promised I would give the Governor credit for doing the right thing if he restored this critical funding. Today, I want to thank Governor Schwarzenegger for working with the education community to invest wisely in our schools — the best investment we can make in California’s future.”

“This is a good thing for our schools and community colleges throughout California,” said Barbara E. Kerr, president of the California Teachers Association, one of the parties to the lawsuit. “Having all the money owed to our schools under Proposition 98 and the governor’s agreement of 2004 restored to our students is the news we’ve been waiting for.

In a statement regarding the settlement, Schwarzenegger said, “I am pleased to announce a resolution that will put the dispute regarding Proposition 98 funding behind us and allow us to invest an additional $3 billion in schools in a way that best helps our students.”

Proposition 98 is an amendment to the state Constitution, passed in 1988, that established a minimum funding level or guarantee for K-12 education and community colleges. O’Connell and the California Teachers Association sued Schwarzenegger and the director for the California Department of Finance last summer after when they diverted billions of dollars earmarked for the schools under Prop. 98 to overcome budget deficits that were crippling California, violating an agreement made with educators the previous year.

The agreement restores funding Proposition 98 funding that was due, but not provided in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 fiscal years. The Governor’s May Budget Revision will include $2 billion and language that provides an additional $3 billion to be paid in installments between fiscal year 2006-07 and fiscal year 2013-14, or until paid in full.

In addition to the settlement funds, Schwarzenegger’s “May Budget Revision,” announced last week, also directs billions more of the state’s money to schools. Schwarzenegger said bulging state coffers, filled by unexpected tax revenues, allowed him to budget an extra 8.1 billion for schools, for a total of $55.1 billion-an over 17% overall funding increase from 2004-2005.

The settlement and the new budget figures “will allow us to make good on the debts to schools created through the recent lean years and to make important new investments in public education,” said O’Connell.

Schwarzenegger had some ideas about how the money should be spent. “For K-12 schools, I propose that we concentrate these funds to improve instruction in schools with low academic achievement. We should direct the funds to the classroom level for such things as lowering class size, attracting and supporting quality school leadership and fully credentialed and experienced teachers, supporting greater involvement of parents, providing more counselors in high schools, and increasing quality professional development, instructional materials, improved instruction and accountability.” he said.

Although pleased by the outcome of the lawsuit, Jaurequi was cautious about predicting its effect in New Haven “ It is significant to note that two-thirds of the new funding is one-time in nature and is not an ongoing revenue stream,” she said.

“Although the budget process is far from over and we will likely differ on some of his budget priorities, I am happy to thank Governor Schwarzenegger for working with the education community to invest in public education,” said O’Connell, who’s been embroiled in controversy and litigation over the California High School Exit Exam in recent weeks.

“I am particularly pleased to see that the Governor has increased funding to expand remediation programs for students who are struggling to pass the California High School Exit Exam, and to pay for new summer and evening administrations of the Exam,” said O’Connell, who wrote the law requiring the exam when he was a state legislator in 1998, “ I also applaud the increase in funding to expand and improve student nutrition programs giving more students the opportunity to make healthier food choices on campus. In addition, I am very happy to see additional funding for high school counselors. Our state currently has the lowest ratio of counselors to students in the nation. This is a statistic we need to improve upon “

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Uncategorized March 6th 2021

How To Choose Shower And Relaxing Bathroom Accessories}

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Submitted by: Chris Wilson

How do I choose the right shower?

When choosing the right shower you have to decide what your needs are. There are many types

of showers to choose from, like handheld showers. Overhead showers are another type of showe

you may want to consider. You may also want to consider the massage handheld showerheads,

especially if you have back, leg, or related problems. Massage devices are great for relieving

stress.

What should I know about a handheld shower?

Handheld showers come in many different stlyles. You can get handheld showers to massage

your body. The showers enable you to adjust hard water, adjusting it to a light mist. In this

case, you are able to set the water to the desired level. Size counts, so you want to conside

the size in addition to the water pressure. The water pressure comes from the showerhead,

which you want to consider bathroom accessories that you can adjust.

How do I choose?

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Handheld showers give you a variety of reasons to choose the bathroom accessory. If you have a

handicap, or have someone handicap in your home, the handheld showers give you or the person

the option of controlling water pressure, movement, etc. If you are a caregiver, the handheld

shower is idea, since you can use one hand to hold up your patient and the other to control the

handheld. You can also put a bath chair in the tub for the person to rest, or for your self and

elax while the water dribbles down your flesh. The handheld showers are nice also, since you

can rinse your hair. It is frustrating when taking a bath, and dipping your head in dirty water to

inse. The handheld shower takes care of this.

How must do the handheld showers cost?

Some showerheads do not cost much, yet some showerheads can cost a small fortune. It

depends on where you shop, or what type of device you purchase. Most of the time, you can pick

the showerheads up at your local hardware stores or maybe at Wal-Mart

How do I install my handheld shower?

When installing your handheld shower there should be instructions to help you out but if not.its

not hard to do. The handheld showers typically hook up to your facet. You will likely have a

small clamp, which mounts to the side of your shower wall. If you need to drill holes, make sure

that you use a bond to seal the holes, securing it. If the holes fill with water, it can rust you

walls. You can use liquid cement or a silicone to seal the holes. This will stop the water from

going in the holes

How do I maintain my handheld shower?

Maintenance isnt hard to do, but like all showers, there s some maintenance required. Still,

the only thing you have to do is watch for rust build up and the lime. If this happens you can go

to your local hardware store and get a cleaner that will take care of this problem for you.

How can I protect my handheld shower?

When you want to cover the shower, you can always use a shower curtain to hide the shower.

Shower curtains come in many colors and patterns.

You will be able to find shower curtains to match your style of bathroom. You can find showe

curtains in all stores.

Once you choose your showerhead and curtains, you may want to go online and view images of

other bathroom accessories. You can find additional items online, which can enhance you

atmosphere.

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athrooms and also has interest in the Iguana Survival

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Latest trial of the One Laptop Per Child running in India; Uruguay orders 100,000 machines

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

India is the latest of the countries where the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) experiment has started. Children from the village of Khairat were given the opportunity to learn how to use the XO laptop. During the last year XO was distributed to children from Arahuay in Peru, Ban Samkha in Thailand, Cardal in Uruguay and Galadima in Nigeria. The OLPC team are, in their reports on the startup of the trials, delighted with how the laptop has improved access to information and ability to carry out educational activities. Thailand’s The Nation has praised the project, describing the children as “enthusiastic” and keen to attend school with their laptops.

Recent good news for the project sees Uruguay having ordered 100,000 of the machines which are to be given to children aged six to twelve. Should all go according to plan a further 300,000 machines will be purchased by 2009 to give one to every child in the country. As the first to order, Uruguay chose the OLPC XO laptop over its rival from Intel, the Classmate PC. In parallel with the delivery of the laptops network connectivity will be provided to schools involved in the project.

The remainder of this article is based on Carla G. Munroy’s Khairat Chronicle, which is available from the OLPC Wiki. Additional sources are listed at the end.

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Peter Andren, Australian MP dies aged 61

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Australian federal member of Calare, Peter Andren died on Saturday after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was aged 61.

Mr Andren who had held the seat since being elected in 1996 had previously announced his intention to run for the senate after his electorate was changed for the 2007 federal election. After Mr Andren was diagnosed with cancer in July, he announced that he would be retiring from politics at the election.

Mr Andren’s 1996 campaign platform was based upon retaining services in regional Australia, particularly banking, health and telecommunications. Over the next 11 years, Mr Andren’s primary vote grew and at the 2001 and 2004 elections was elected without preferences, achieving a majority primary vote.

In 2001, Mr Andren disagreed with his electorate on refugees. The electorate supported the government’s tough stance but Mr Andren could not support the government’s border protection measures. Following this, a vicious letter-box campaign rose up saying “you might like Peter Andren … but you won’t like what he’s got to say about keeping our borders safe”.

Fellow NSW independent member, Tony Windsor said Mr Andren’s stance on asylum seekers was just one sign of his compassion and strong belief in human rights.

Mr Windsor described Mr Andren as the “conscience” of parliament. “Peter Andren was a true representative of the people of the Calare electorate, a man of the highest integrity and the conscience of the Parliament,” he said.

“He was subjected to vitriol from time to time within the Parliament over issues, but if he believed in something he stuck to it. He didn’t compromise and I think that’s a lasting legacy that Peter will leave.”

Prime Minister John Howard said despite having a difference of opinion with Mr Andren on many issues, he had a lot of respect for him.

“I respected his skills as a local member,” he said.

“Mr Andren and I frequently disagreed on major issues and he made no bones about that and I made no bones about it either but that didn’t stop me respecting him and acknowledging the tremendous work he did for his electorate.”

Labor leader Kevin Rudd described Mr Andren as a true independent.

“Peter Andren will be a great loss to the Australian parliament,” he said.

“He was a man of principle, a man of commitment, a man who was an absolute independent.”

Leader of the Greens, Bob Brown said Mr Andren was an example of how a politician should be.

“He was an exemplar of representative politics for his electorate and the people of Calare kept returning him with a bigger and bigger majority,” he said.

“[If] anybody ever asks me how a politician should be, I am going to say, ‘Look at the record of Peter Andren'”

“He was a great Australian representative and he is a great loss to this country.”

During his political career, Mr Andren fought the sale of Telstra, introduced a bill to allow MPs to opt-out of their generous superannuation schemes, opposed the Iraq war and campaigned on environmental issues.

Mr Andren was born at Gulargambone, near Dubbo in Western NSW in 1946. Before he entered politics Mr Andren worked as a teacher before moving into journalism. Mr Andren worked as a news producer in Sydney for the Seven and Nine networks, before moving back to regional NSW where he worked as the news editor for both Radio 2GZ and Prime Television.

Mr Andren is survived by his partner and two sons.

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Uncategorized March 3rd 2021

Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans graduate students

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See the discussion page for instructions on adding schools to this list.Tuesday, September 13, 2005

NAICU has created a list of colleges and universities accepting and/or offering assistance to displace faculty members. [1]Wednesday, September 7, 2005

This list is taken from Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students, and is intended to make searching easier for faculty, graduate, and professional students.

In addition to the list below, the Association of American Law Schools has compiled a list of law schools offering assistance to displaced students. [2] As conditions vary by college, interested parties should contact the Office of Admissions at the school in question for specific requirements and up-to-date details.

The Association of American Medical Colleges is coordinating alternatives for medical students and residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. [3]

ResCross.net is acting as a central interactive hub for establishing research support in times of emergency. With so many scientists affected by Hurricane Katrina, ResCross is currently focused on providing information to identify sources of emergency support as quickly as possible. [4]

With so many scientists affected by Hurricane Katrina, ResCross is currently focused on providing information to identify sources of emergency support as quickly as possible.

Physics undergraduates, grad students, faculty and high school teachers can be matched up with housing and jobs at universities, schools and industry. [5] From the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Society of Physics Students, the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society.

If you are seeking or providing assistance, please use this site to find information on research support, available lab space/supplies, resources, guidelines and most importantly to communicate with fellow researchers.

The following is a partial list, sorted by location.

Alabama |Alaska |Arizona |Arkansas |California |Colorado |Connecticut |Delaware |District of Columbia |Florida |Georgia |Hawaii |Idaho |Illinois |Indiana |Iowa |Kansas |Kentucky |Louisiana |Maine |Maryland |Massachusetts |Michigan |Minnesota |Mississippi |Missouri |Montana |Nebraska |Nevada |New Hampshire |New Jersey |New Mexico |New York |North Carolina |North Dakota |Ohio |Oklahoma |Oregon |Pennsylvania |Rhode Island |South Carolina |South Dakota |Tennessee |Texas |Utah |Vermont |Virginia |Washington |West Virginia |Wisconsin |Wyoming |Canada

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Uncategorized March 3rd 2021

Keranique Reviews Women Are Convinced About The Best Available Hair Solution

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Keranique reviews establish the fact overwhelmingly that Keranique is the most trusted hair rejuvenating system available for thinning hair across the US and Canada. Researchers have developed a hair care system that is targeted to work with the biochemistry of women specifically.

Don’t Let Hair Loss Affect You. Use Keranique

Keranique is formulated to create a head full of thicker and fuller looking hair. Women facing problems of thinning hair caused by incessant hair loss can stop and reverse the trend with the Keranique advanced hair rejuvenating system. Keranique reviews reflect the views of thousands of women who have found relief from the embarrassing condition of hair loss leading to hair becoming thin, limp and lifeless.

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Those who have been using this hair rejuvenating system are happy that they have access to a product that guarantees results within a few days of regular use. The formula is free of sulfate and is also ph balanced. This formulation is excellent for detangling hair and also helps control frizz. Hair management becomes significantly easier with Keranique hair care system.

Experts from the hair care industry have put in years of research to create a winning formula in Keranique. According to Keranique reviews the revitalizing shampoo is the perfect product for dealing with thinning hair for women. It is an effective moisturizer that makes you hair glossy and shiny and imparts a healthy, lustrous look.

Women’s Most Trusted Hair Rejuvenation System

The Keranique hair rejuvenating system is a popular and trusted way to manage hair issues for women experiencing hair loss and thinning. Women are assured by the fact that the product contains the only FDA approved ingredient to prevent hair loss and also help re-grow hair. With Keranique hair regrowth treatment the days of embarrassing hair loss and the loss of confidence that comes with it are truly well past.

The Voluminizing conditioner is the product of choice of many women who find it difficult to manage their limp and lifeless hair. It gives your hair the desired volume, shine and softness that you always wanted for your hair. The conditioner has powerful ingredients such as hydrolyzed keratin which forms a protective shield along the hair’s cuticle. This is to prevent it from being susceptible to the damage from UV rays. The advanced conditioner is also effective in protecting the hair against humidity and extreme heat caused by various hair styling products.

If you want your hair to look full and thick, the fortifying mousse acts as your ultimate hair stylist. It helps hair look thick and full while vastly improving its manageability.

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Dentistry March 1st 2021

Grand National winning horse ‘Comply or Die’ dies, aged 17

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Comply or Die, the racehorse who won the 2008 Grand National has died at the age of 17. His death was announced by his former trainer, David Pipe. He died over at the weekend in Gloucestershire, where he had been staying with jockey Timmy Murphy. He was cremated on Monday and his ashes will return to Murphy.

Murphy was the jockey in the saddle when Comply or Die won the 2008 Grand National. Speaking to the Press Association, he spoke about the horse’s death. He said, “He was part of the furniture at home so it’s very sad. He gave me the greatest day of my career, obviously that can never be taken away. He paraded at Cheltenham and Aintree and was getting ready to do some dressage in the summer. I’m not actually sure how he died, to be honest, but it wasn’t nice to come home to. He was cremated on Monday. He was a happy horse and he was also very clever.”

During his racing career he made £798,809 in prize-money after winning a total of eight races.

The 2008 Grand National victory was his greatest achievement and he almost matched it when he came second place in 2009. He retired in 2011 but remained active, often being paraded at race grounds such as Aintree and Cheltenham. He also participated in some hunting activities. Pipe said, “Since his retirement he had been a lead-horse at Timmy Murphy’s establishment before trying his hand at dressage, a discipline in which he had proven very successful”.

Tributes have been paid to Comply or Die on social media by horse racing fans with several tweeting their appreciation and memories.

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Uncategorized February 25th 2021

I Phone 4 Vs I Phone 4 S So What’s The Big Deal?

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By Jordan Sapan

So, have your friends been racing out to upgrade their iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4S? Or, are you an iPhone virgin and debating on going with the cheaper iPhone 4? After all of the hype, and later letdown, of iPhone 5 – the new addition of Siri to Apple received an underwhelming response. Who cares about the beefed up hardware? Is it really that different? Are the iPhone 4 accessories compatible with iPhone 4S? Can you use the same iPhone 4 chargers, cases, headphones, headsets, or any other accessories with iPhone 4S as well?

Well, to help you on-the-fencer’s decide, we have compiled a list to compare these two (we must admit) amazing Apple products.

iPhone 4S – The Big Deal:

— Dual-core processor and 7 times more powerful GPU

— Siri – Not only does she learn your personal voice, she follows commands and can send a text message with dictation

— 8MP camera with improved low-light performance and capture speed

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— 1080p video capture with stabilization

— GSM / CDMA dual-mode device

— Let go of your death grip thanks to dual antenna design

— 64GB option

— Power-efficient Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity

iPhone 4 – I’m Just Fine Thank You:

— Same design – for you trend setters, shop for artistic cases, who cares about an identical looking phone?

— Same screen – not only in size but in resolution

— Same amount of RAM

— Siri has a hard time bonding with people outside the US

— Not only can you snap more photos and longer videos, you will avoid 1080p playback problems

Much of the new features of the iPhone 4S are due to iOS 5, a major system update that includes iMessage and the updated notification system. These changes are significant, and not to mention fabulous, an update that gives every Droid a run for its money. However, did we mention you could upgrade your iPhone 4 to the exact same software? That’s right. Plug your iPhone 4 into your local iTunes for a good 30 minutes and receive the same upgrade.

Should you run out and buy an iPhone 4S? If you are in the market for a new smart phone? Absolutely. Not only is this smart phone powerful (and quickly diminishing your need for a computer), iPhone 4S is loaded with features, easy to use and takes great pictures and video. It is also available on a wider variety of carriers, which makes it more accessible to more consumers.

So, can you use the same iPhone 4 chargers, cases, headphones, headsets or any other accessories for iPhone 4S? Yes you can. Almost all of the accessories are compatible for the two iPhones. For instance, almost every case out there could fit both iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s. Not only cases – universal accessories such as Bluetooth, FM Transmitters and Car Holder Mounts also work with both iPhones.

As long as Apple continues to deliver a consistent and cohesive environment, the iPhone junkies will continue to flood in. The software upgrade to OS was a stellar improvement and iPhone 4S was given enough improvements to keep it competitive well into 2012 – or that is until iPhone 5 blows it away.

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Education February 24th 2021

Kenya government fires health worker strikers over failure to ‘report back to work’

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Kenyan government has dismissed 25,000 striking health workers, mostly nurses, citing failure to heed government orders to recommence work and concern for the welfare of hospital patients. Speaking on behalf of the government, Alfred Mutua stated the workers were dismissed “illegally striking” and “[defying] the directive … to report back to work”, which he called “unethical”. The government asks that “[a]ll qualified health professionals, who are unemployed and/or retired have been advised to report to their nearest health facility for interviews and deployment”, Mutua stated.

The workers, who had been on strike for four days, were wishing to have improvements made to their wages, working conditions, and allowances. The strikes have caused a significant number of Kenyan hospitals to cease operations. According to Kenya Health Professionals Society spokesperson Alex Orina, the average monthly wage plus allowances for health workers in Kenya is KSh25,000 (£193, US$302 or €230) approximately. With an increasing number of reports of patients neglected in hospitals emerging, two trade unions met with the Kenyan government yesterday and negotitated a return to work, although a significant proportion of demonstrators defied the agreement, The Guardian reported.

Orina told Reuters the dismissals were “cat-and-mouse games, you cannot sack an entire workforce. It is a ploy to get us to rush back to work, but our strike continues until our demands are met”. Frederick Omiah, a member of the same society, believed the government’s actions would “make an already delicate and volatile situation worse”, expressing concern that demonstrations may continue in the capital Nairobi, amongst other locations. Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union chairperson Dr. Victor Ng’ani described government actions as “reckless”.

Mutua said the health workers were “no longer employees of the government” and had been eliminated from the payroll. While Ng’ani told the BBC of difficulties with finding other workers as skilled and experienced, Mutua reportedly stated that this would not be an issue. “We have over 100,000 to 200,000 health professionals looking for work today,” Mutua commented. “There will be a lag of a day or two … but it is better than letting people die on the floor, at the gate, or suffer in pain”.

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Uncategorized February 21st 2021

Alabama School Bus Crash kills 4

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Tragedy struck Huntsville, Alabama Monday morning when a school bus transporting Lee High School students to a local trade school careened over a retaining wall on an elevated part of Interstate 565 at the U.S. highway 231 exit and plummeted 30 feet.

Killed in the initial crash were Nicole Ford, 19, Christine Collier, 16. Tanesha Hill, 17, died later at Huntsville Hospital. A fourth victim, Crystal Renee McCrary, 17, died Tuesday. Anthony Scott, the bus driver, and 14 students remain hospitalized, according to Huntsville Hospital spokeswoman Pam Sparks.

Huntsville Police spokesman Wendell Johnson said a 1990 Toyota Celica apparently hit the Laidlaw Education Services-contracted school bus. The bus driver apparently attempted evasive action, and a reaction sent the right tire climbing up the protective barrier. The buses momentum caused it to teeter on the wall briefly, flipped upside down, careening headlong onto the ground below. It was unclear if the driver jumped or was ejected, though National Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman Debbie Hersman said the bus driver was found on the overpass, and that, “We are trying to determine why the bus driver was on the overpass.”

Investigating agencies at federal, state and local levels include the NTSB, Alabama State Department of Transportation, Alabama Department of Public Safety, and Huntsville Police Department.

Thad Sokolowski, a 17-year-old Lee High School eyewitness said, “The orange car was going to pass the bus. He thought something was wrong with the car, like his tire got blown out because it started fishtailing.” He added that the orange Toyota hit the bus, “but not hard. It was a bump,” adding that the bus “skidded down the rail and it was gone.”

His description of the wreck was given to his mother, Bonnie Sokolowski, and published in the Huntsville Times, because he did not want to speak with reporters.

Police Chief Rex Reynolds said evidence will be presented to a Grand Jury, as is required by state law for fatalities involving minors, and added that charges have not yet been filed against the 17-year old Toyota driver. Chief Reynolds said the bus driver had a clean driving record.

Mass chaos ensued and Crestwood Medical Center and Huntsville Hospital, the two local hospitals, both activated their Mass Casualty action plans. Emergency response personnel from throughout the area were called upon to assist in rescue efforts. Huntsville Hospital emergency room physician Dr. Sherrie Squyres said all off-duty hospital medical and nursing personnel were requested to return to work, and that three trauma surgeons and one neurosurgeon were committed exclusively to accident response.

Among the problems facing hospital and rescue personnel was the absence of personal identification among the victims. Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore said that the Lee High School principal had initiated a student ID card program, “but not every student carried the ID.”

Brad Holley, Field Director for Alabama Department of Education, noting the tragedy said “We have not had a student killed while riding a school bus since 1969.” Huntsville’s last school bus related fatality was November 19, 1968 when a bus transporting students from Lee High Chapman Junior High Schools careened off Bankhead Parkway on Monte Sano Mountain above Tollgate Road. Faulty brakes caused that wreck.

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Uncategorized February 20th 2021