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Calif. Lawmakers Approve Alarm for School Buses

By The Associated Press — September 06, 2016 1 min read

Legislation intended to prevent children from being left unattended on parked school buses in California was headed last week to Gov. Jerry Brown.

A bill approved unanimously in the Senate comes in response to the death of a 19-year-old autistic boy, Paul Lee of Whittier. Lee was left for hours on a hot school bus.

The measure would require school buses to have child-safety alarms. The alarm sounds when the engine is turned off and requires the bus driver to walk to the back of the bus to turn it off. Deactivating the alarm would remind the driver to check for children still on board.

A version of this article appeared in the September 07, 2016 edition of Education Week as Calif. Lawmakers Approve Alarm for School Buses

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