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Kaitlin Gebby reports: Cleveland City Schools Director of Operations Hal Taylor said it takes around two months for a bus driver to complete training, but a new federal requirement will double that time amid an unprecedented driver shortage.
The change went into effect Monday and comes at a time schools everywhere combat a dwindling list of drivers, subs and few resources to add perks to the job.
Although positions have been open and posted for full-time bus drivers, the school system has not received any applicants, he said, because the transportation department faces stiff competition for drivers. Bus drivers for the school system need a commercial driver’s license, but Taylor said they can find better pay and benefits by taking their license elsewhere right now.
Tennessee lawmakers are once again considering a bill that would ban teaching LGBTQ+ issues in public schools. This comes after discussion about it went on hiatus due to the pandemic, according to its sponsor. Rep. Bruce Griffey, who is sponsoring the bill, says Tennessee public schools should focus students attention on academics, curricula and student success in reading and mathematics.
The TBI has issued an Endangered Child Alert on behalf of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office for a missing 14-year-old girl. Jazmine Christianna White is missing from Cookeville and was last seen February 6th, wearing black pants, a black hoodie, black shoes and carrying a black backpack. She is bi-racial, has brown hair and brown eyes, is 5’6”, and weighs 181 lbs. White has a known medical condition and is believed to be without her medication.
Call Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 931-528-8484 or 1-800-TBI-FIND if you have any information.