|Jan. 6, 2015|
1 week 'til NAPT's LED webinar series kicks off
Space is still available ... register online today!
Join your colleagues and leaders in the industry for NAPT's 2015 Leading Every Day (LED) webinar series beginning next week. Online registration is open!
World-renowned George Pitagorsky will serve as our facilitator for the series of 6 webinars covering Project Management and Long-Term Process Initiatives, with a focus on behavior skills. Click here to learn more about each webinar.
No need to travel! NAPT's 2015 LED initiative is easily accessible from the comfort of your office, home, and even your tablet! And all sessions will be recorded, so if one doesn't fit your schedule you'll still be able to access the recording.
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NAPT provides 2014 year-end review in latest NAPTV episode
Have you seen the latest edition of NAPTV? To kick off 2015, the NAPT staff put together a 2014 year-end wrap up featuring our comprehensive membership survey to the highly successful Annual Summit and everything in between. Take a look at all of the exciting initiatives NAPT undertook last year and stay tuned for new NAPTV episodes in 2015.
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Updates to National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest
Each fall, NAPT and our industry partners honor National School Bus Safety Week – an active and evolving public education program designed to address and promote the importance of school bus safety. The centerpiece of National School Bus Safety Week is the National SBSW Poster Contest. Thousands of school districts in over 40 states participate in local and state-level competitions to select art work that depicts school bus safety-related themes and encourages and promotes school bus safety. The winning posters are used to promote safer school transportation for everyone.
For 2015, the poster contest rules have been updated. Click here for the NEW 2015 Poster Contest rules. The 2015 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest theme: "Bully Free Zone!" Students should draw the theme listed above anytime between September 2014 and September 2015.
Please Note: The Poster Contest and National School Bus Safety Week are two different events. The 2014 Poster theme becomes the 2015 National School Bus Safety Week theme and is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety. This annual event is held during the third full week in October each year.More
2015 Save the Date
Vendor Spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight
Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.
To help you find solutions, we highlight our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. Just click on the company logo to find out more.
Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: Education Logistics, Inc., School Bus Safety Company, Trans/Air Manufacturing, and UltraLED. Their logos will be posted for the next few weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.
Education Logistics, Inc. (www.edulog.com) is the original school bus routing software company and has been providing Routing and Planning software solutions to districts across North America since 1977. They have worked hard to make sure that their software and hardware solutions stay on the cutting edge by adding school bus GPS tracking, student tracking, and fleet management solutions that help school districts like yours improve safety and keep money in the classrooms while transporting students efficiently.
School Bus Safety Company's (www.schoolbussafetyco.com) experts have been designing award-winning school bus driver training programs for school bus drivers for more than 20 years. Until now, their work has been private-labeled and not available to district fleets like yours. But now they’re making these breakthrough bus safety videos available for the very first time. The School Bus Safety Company has a team of performance improvement experts with specialties that include fleet operations and safety, industrial psychology, instructional design and media production. They have worked together to bring you this breakthrough series of school bus safety videos.
Trans/Air Manufacturing (www.transairmfg.com) was started in 1979 and has been successfully manufacturing the highest quality transportation air conditioning systems in the industry using a single, basic premise. Make a quality product and stand behind it. The company is an ISO 9001 registered firm, manufacturing a full line of climate control systems for the school, commercial and electric/hybrid vehicle markets. Units, parts, service, training, warranty, and new or aftermarket installations are available through factory-owned operations or a network of distributors throughout North America.
UltraLED (www.ultraledlighting.com) was originally branded as the proprietary lighting line of the Billingsley holding company Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. Over 40 years in the school bus industry, including innovative exhaust systems, seating and lighting, Billingsley holdings incorporated UltraLED, Inc. as a Texas C-Corp entity, creating a management team with a focus on new lighting technology throughout the school bus, transit, heavy duty, fleets and 12V vehicle markets. New product development is the key focus of UltraLED Lighting and a major point of differentiation between them and their competitors. More
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School buses: America's largest transit system
The Heartland Institute
Reminiscent of the late Rodney Dangerfield's lament, America's network of school buses get "no respect." The thousands "yellow buses" are buried without a mention in the most important tables of the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Transportation Statistics. Neither the terms "school" nor "school bus" appear in tables summarizing the number of vehicles (Table 1-11), vehicle travel (Table 1-35), passenger travel (Table 1-40) and others. At the same time, there is far more complete information on virtually every other transportation mode.More
What is bullying?
District Administration Magazine
When we talk about bullying, what do we mean? Unfortunately, the answer is far from clear. Educators are taught one definition, while most state statutes have yet another definition. Worse, surveys are based on a variety of definitions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Education, and Health Resources and Services Administration partnered with bullying experts to develop a uniform definition of bullying.More
What to do for kids with no Internet at home? How about parking a Wi-Fi-enabled school bus near their trailer park?
The Hechinger Report
Near the shore of the murky Salton Sea in this southern California desert, a bus drives up to West Shores High School each day with a critical connection: A Wi-Fi router mounted behind an interior mirror, providing Internet access for students whose homes aren't wired. At night, the bus driver parks on a sand driveway in a trailer park. There, the hotspot is available to students as long as the battery lasts. On most nights, it fades after one hour.More
Judges: Kansas not adequately funding K-12 schools
The Hutchinson News
The 2010 school finance lawsuit case is expected to return to the Kansas Supreme Court on appeal. Even if the case is put on a fast track, a top court decision is not expected until after the 2015 legislative session wraps up in the spring. If the state, already facing a revenue shortfall, is ordered to increase state funding for education significantly, lawmakers would not have to grapple with that issue until 2016. Leaders of two school districts that are among the plaintiffs in Gannon v. State of Kansas, spoke guardedly about the judicial ruling that was favorable for plaintiffs.More
Busting the student data privacy myth
Tracking student data gives educators the power to make more informed decisions in their instruction for better student outcomes. But with great power comes great responsibility. That's why schools and ed tech companies alike are increasingly making student privacy a top priority. Still, many remain wary about data privacy issues — often due to confusion or lack of information on how the issue has progressed.More
Is racial deisolation costing Worcester, Mass., millions in school transportation?
According to a report by the Worcester Research Bureau, the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, spent more than $15 million in public school transportation costs in Fiscal Year 2013. This amount represents a combination of regular bussing costs, special education bussing, mandated McKinney-Vento transportation and salaries of employees responsible for conducting bus transportation.More
The basics of school funding in Indiana: Difficulty defining fairness
There is perhaps no more difficult and complicated issue in education than paying for schools, and Indiana in 2015 is heading into a renewed debate about how its funding system should work. Republican leaders, who control the state legislature, have promised an overhaul aimed at making funding more fair. But even defining "fairness" gets tricky, as school leaders with different challenges in urban, suburban and rural communities worry that somebody else's gain from any change to the state's calculation method could mean less money to educate their students.More
Wait gets longer for some school bus riders
The Gaston Gazette
A shortage of school bus drivers is causing delays in transporting students to and from Gaston County, North Carolina, public schools. Students who live in the Cramerton area recently arrived late to school on two days, during which two drivers called in sick. Remaining drivers had to double-up on routes to cover the void, which caused the backup. Some 300 kids who ride the bus at Forestview High School sometimes have to wait up to 45 minutes after dismissal to catch the bus home.More
Out of tragedy, a protective glass for schools
The New York Times
In the two years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., schools across the country have become more serious about safety. They have bought familiar items like surveillance cameras, panic buttons and key-card entry systems. More recent innovations include bulletproof whiteboards to help teachers shield students inside classrooms and a smartphone app that starts a school lockdown with the swipe of a finger. By 2017, the market for school security systems is expected to hit $4.9 billion, up from $2.7 billion in 2012, according to the market research firm IHS Technology.More
Fixed? Iowa's school bus inspection problems persist
The Des Moines Register
The number of Iowa school buses flagged repeatedly by state inspectors as unsafe to transport children has nearly doubled in the 21/2 years since a Des Moines Register investigation called attention to what safety regulators described as a systemic statewide problem. The latest repeated citations to Iowa school buses include unsafe tires, inoperable warning signals or strobe lights, missing or faulty chassis fasteners, broken seat frames and dysfunctional wheel bearings.More