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Applications for NAPT Awards Now Available Online
As school systems across America come to the end of another school year it's a great time to think about ways to acknowledge and possibly even reward the people that make school transportation the safest, most effective way for 26 million children to get to and home from school each day.
NAPT is proud to offer a national awards program that gives you 6 different opportunities to do just that. You may download an award application by visiting the NAPT website or you can fill out an award application or nominate someone online by clicking on the hyperlink after each award listed below.
Please consider nominating someone you know or someone you work with for one of the following NAPT awards:
Driver Training Award (sponsored by IC Bus) — The NAPT Driver Training Award rewards school districts with exemplary driver training programs. Submit an application online now.
Continuing Education Award (sponsored by Thomas Built Buses) — The NAPT Continuing Education Award enables individuals to access NAPT's education and training programs, both online and in-person. Submit an application online now.
Specialized Transportation Award (sponsored by Sure-Lok International, LLC) — This award was established to give special recognition to an individual or school system that provides exemplary service to students with specialized transportation needs. Submit an application online now.
Heroism Award (sponsored by Blue Bird Corporation) — Our Heroism Award recognizes individuals that have performed an act of rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others, particularly if the individual demonstrated extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save someone else's life at considerable risk to self. Submit an application online now.
Distinguished Service Award — The NAPT Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize an individual who has performed exemplary service for or on behalf of NAPT at the state and/or national level. This is the second highest honor NAPT can bestow on an individual or company. Submit an online application now.
Hall of Fame — Induction into the NAPT Hall of Fame is the highest honor NAPT can bestow. Honorees must meet the highest standards of personal and professional integrity, including distinguished service to both the industry and the Association. Click here to see the NAPT HoF guidelines.
Please consider nominating someone you know for an NAPT Award today.
If you have questions, feel free to contact NAPT Awards Committee Chair Theresa Anderson at email@example.com, co-Chair Jerry Milliken at Milliken.firstname.lastname@example.org or NAPT HQ at 800-989-NAPT (6278).
NAPT Summit Topic Survey
The NAPT Board & Staff are hard at work selecting topics that YOU want to hear about this year at the NAPT Summit in Richmond, VA.
Please help us by taking this quick survey and letting us know which of the topics we've come up with you would be interested in. The NAPT Summit is for YOU, so we want to make sure we're on the right track with the information we're providing. You can select any or all of the topics that would be of interest to you. Don't see a topic that you think should be covered? There will be a place for you to let us know that too. We will use these results to help finalize our session topics this year.
Upcoming NAPT Webinars
Title: America's Best Training & Skills Challenge Update
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 17 @ 1pm ET
Presenter: Marshall Casey, America's Best Committee Chair
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members
During this webinar we'll discuss:
Reserve your space now!
- The new America's Best for technicians and inspectors
- How America's Best is now integrated with the NAPT Summit
- How you can bring America's Best to your state
Then join us in July! During this complimentary member webinar, Transportation Technology: Don't Let It DRIVE You Crazy, we'll discuss:
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 29 @ 1pm ET
- Digital camera systems: How many cameras and where to mount them
- GPS systems: Passive or active systems
- GPS: Are you using it to your advantage?
Title: Transportation Technology: Don't Let It DRIVE You Crazy
Presenters: Steve Simmons, III, Director of Transportation, Columbus City Schools, NAPT President-Elect and Jeff Vrabel, Director of Fleet Services, Columbus City Schools
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members
Missed one of the 2015 webinars? No problem; they're recorded and available in the 'Member Resources' area of the Members' Only section of the website. Log-in today.
Get 5 KPIs instantly with NAPT's 3D website
It's as easy as 1-2-3!
The end result is 5 free KPIs instantly! The over-arching goal of this dynamic website is to encourage student transportation professionals to speak a common language and make more data driven decisions.
- Visit the 3D website
- Download a data worksheet and compile the necessary information
- Enter your information in the system.
According NAPT President Keith Henry, CDPT, "One of our goals from the start has been to facilitate discussion and interaction among as many people as possible and give them a chance to participate in this project."
Have you joined NAPT's LinkedIn Group?
Your industry colleagues are only a few clicks away! Join NAPT's LinkedIn members' only group and start participating in discussions, post articles and share information with fellow leaders in the industry. Take a look, and see what fellow members are buzzing about with NAPT on LinkedIn!
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- Transfer security camera footage
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx announces groundbreaking final rule on heavy-duty vehicle electronic stability control
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has finalized its rule requiring electronic stability control systems on heavy trucks and large buses (FMVSS No. 136). "ESC is a remarkable safety success story, a technology innovation that is already saving lives in passenger cars and light trucks," Foxx said.
Please note: Please click "Read More" and then click on the hyperlink (in DOT's news release) to the final rule to learn more about DOT's rationale for excluding school buses from this rulemaking.
The states that spend the most (and the least) on education
The Washington Post
U.S. states' education spending averaged $10,700 per pupil in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but that average masked a wide variation, ranging from $6,555 per pupil in Utah to $19,818 in New York. There's an even larger range separating the lowest- and highest-spending of the nation's largest 100 school districts: At the low end is Jordan, Utah, at $5,708 per student; at the high end is Boston, Mass., at $20,502. Part of the variation is due to the huge differences in costs of living nationwide, which influence everything from teacher salaries to the cost of building and maintaining school facilities. Part is also due to economic realities — many states' education spending remains lower than it was before the recession.
What employers need to know about DOT drug and alcohol testing
U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Secretary
If you employ safety-sensitive workers who must have Department of Transportation drug and alcohol tests, or you manage a DOT drug or alcohol testing program, this publication can help you understand how to run an excellent program that meets DOT requirements. This is not a legal document that adds to or makes any official interpretations of DOT rules. This publication is for educational purposes only. This booklet is a companion to our earlier publication for employees, "What Employees Need to Know About DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing."
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1 in 5 US schoolchildren are living below federal poverty line
The Washington Post
More than one out of every five school-age children in the U.S. were living below the federal poverty line in 2013, according to new federal statistics. That amounted to 10.9 million children — or 21 percent of the total — a six percent increase in the childhood poverty rate since 2000. Childhood poverty rates were on the rise for every racial group, ranging from 39 percent for African Americans and 36 percent for Native Americans, 32 percent for Hispanics and 13 percent for Asians and whites.
School bus applicants explain why they want to transport our students
School just let out for the summer, but one company is hard at work to make sure next school year rolls smoothly. MV Transport is the new school bus company after Savannah Chatham School Board members voted First Student out. Hundreds of people have applied and more showed up to the Georgia Department of Labor in Savannah eager to renew their driving and or monitoring positions or just start a new adventure. Parents and Savannah Chatham School Board know the heat is on when it comes to hiring qualified and caring drivers and monitors after dealing with First Student and finally parting ways at the end of the school year.
Education technology is spreading fast, but there's no recipe for success
The Hechinger Report
Many people are seeking the "secret sauce" for digital learning. As educators expand the use of education technology, they often face a tricky balance. These tools offer the possibility for innovation — trying something new in a quest to improve teaching and learning. But technology isn't cheap, and the risk of failure looms. To assure success, many educators try to find and follow a recipe for digital learning. But many crucial ingredients can't be found in a case study about "best practices," said Julie Evans, the CEO of Project Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization that advocates for math, science and technology education and annually surveys students and educators about their experiences with those topics.
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Bill passes to increase penalties for school bus passing scofflaws
The New York State Senate has passed a bill that stiffens the penalties for drivers who break the law by passing a stopped school bus. The legislation would increase monetary penalties for the traffic violation of passing a stopped school bus and also apply criminal charges to those who injure or kill a person while doing so.
Educators are concerned about students going hungry this summer
The Huffington Post
While most kids are counting down the days to summer, low-income children are dreading the sound of the final bell, which signals hunger season is setting in. Across the U.S., 83 percent of 1,100 educators who were recently surveyed said they're worried that their students won't have enough to eat over summer break, according to No Kid Hungry. But it's hardly a new concern. During the 2012-2013 school year, 21.5 million students received free or reduced-priced lunch, according to the Food Research and Action Center. While the need remains the same when school's out, the resources aren't as readily available because of the bureaucracy involved in starting a food program and because struggling parents often can't access the sites that do serve meals.
Can prizes motivate kids to show up at school?
It seems like a no-brainer: Offer kids a reward for showing up at school, and their attendance will shoot up. But a recent study of third-graders in a slum in India suggests that incentive schemes can do more harm than good. The study, a working paper released by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, looked at 799 boys and girls. The kids, mostly age 9, were students in several dozen single-classroom schools run by the nonprofit Gyan Shala in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city of Ahmedabad.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition,
by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $19.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $29.99, plus shipping.
To order your copy, please email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new Certification in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) click here.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition contains new and updated information, including useful definitions of transportation and related special education terms as well as characteristics of children with special needs and special considerations for transporting children with special needs. This popular publication also explains the legal basis for special needs transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and contains information about new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations.
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