I am also troubled by a pattern we've seen before -- the state requires the collection of data but lacks the staff to review the information or follow-up on discrepancies, including some that are mind-boggling.
For example, Walker reports:
DeKalb failed to deliver accurate accident data to the state. It did not report any crashes in 2014 and only two in 2015, but reported 206 crashes from July 21 through November of 2016, more than any school district in Georgia for the year. The district learned of the yearly discrepancies from an inquiry by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and has since reported an additional 700 accidents to the state from 2014, 2015 and 2016. In an email late last year, safety and training manager Alexander R. Riley said the person expected to submit accident records to the state reported during an exit interview that she had not done so.
Here is a key comment in the story that speaks to the lack of action by either the state or districts:
"This person would figure out what was wrong," he said. "We'd fix it in a day."
He said Georgia Department of Education officials' admission that they do little to get districts to comply with submitting bus accident data suggests there's not enough money budgeted for safety — at either the state or district level. "As a society, we're not willing to pay enough to make this safe," he said.
Take a look at Walker's story and let's discuss.