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For nearly 30 years, you’ve known School Transportation News magazine and as the premier sources of pupil transportation news and analysis. Now, join the School Transportation Nation podcast, as STN Publisher Tony Corpin and Editor-in-Chief Ryan Gray discuss the day’s pertinent issues and talk with guests about the business of getting children safely to and from school and related activities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Jan 31, 2023

February kicks off Black History Month, which celebrates the accomplishments of black Americans yet also serves as a reminder of the nation’s past—and current—transgressions.

Most black people can share stories of prejudice if not full-out violence because of race, and the same goes with Nicole Portee, the assistant superintendent of operations for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina and a former executive director of transportation for Denver Public Schools in Colorado, when she was named School Transportation News Transportation Director of the Year for 2018. She was a product of desegregation busing in Denver in the early 1970s and has worked hard to erase the negative perception of forced busing.

Meanwhile, Ryan and Tony discuss the potential impacts of the credit debt ceiling on the economy and on student transportation—and school bus drivers—in particular.