Governor Tom Corbett recently signed legislation allowing audio recording devices to be used on school buses, and many districts are currently using these devices for disciplinary and security purposes.
School officials explain that with the cramming of students in the small spaces of a bus, it is difficult if not impossible to investigate incidents, some of which are violent.
The issue first arose in 2006 after state police discovered audio recording equipment on the school bus while they were investigating a complaint of overcrowding. Eight years later, a law that exempts school buses from the state wiretapping laws. Though some have expressed concerns about privacy, the use of these devices has wide support.