Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will keynote the Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers national conference on Monday, March 14, in Kansas City, Mo. He will address the importance of creating safe, supportive school environments in an effort to increase student achievement. Jennings also will discuss the Department’s efforts over the past year to help create safe, supportive learning environments through its Safe and Supportive School grants program. Last year, the Department awarded $38.8 million in Safe and Supportive School grants to 11 states.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control show that students who take buses are twice as likely to be afraid that they will be attacked en route to school as those who takes cars, Jennings said. “We need to work more closely with the school transportation industry to make sure buses are ‘bully free’ zones.”
Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers national conference runs March 11-14. It brings together pupil transportation professionals and Head Start transportation personnel to discuss the full range of issues related to safe transportation of students with disabilities and preschool children.
Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education
Keynote at the Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers national conference
11 a.m. CST Monday, March 14, 2011
Hyatt Regency Crown Center
2345 McGee St.
Kansas City, Mo.