The Houston Independent School District (HISD) has rolled out a new program that will equip school buses with data-recording devices not much unlike the "black boxes" found on airplanes. District officials say the boxes will allow them to reduce maintenance and fuel costs while increasing students' safety.

Announced Oct. 18 as part of National Bus Safety Week, the program will place the devices in more than one-third of the district's 1,400 buses this year. The


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