NAPT MultiView News Brief
Jan. 17, 2012

Experts share their education-technology predictions for the new year
eSchool News
eSchool News recently asked a handful of education and education-technology experts for their thoughts on what the future holds for 2012 — and beyond. Nearly all agreed that technology's potential to create personalized, student-centered learning environments will be even more fully realized in the coming year, thanks to powerful developments in blended instruction, data analytics, formative assessment and more. But one expert warned that achievement gaps between privileged and disadvantaged children will only increase if income gaps and unemployment rates aren't brought under control.More

Forecast for 2012: Fairer skies ahead for air travelers
Department of Transportation Fastlane
DOT's Office of Aviation Consumer Protection and Enforcement was hard at work in 2011 protecting the interests of the flying public. Whether it's ensuring respect for civil rights, pursuing more transparent fare advertising, or improving passenger treatment during tarmac delays, if you're thinking about traveling by air, this team has your back.More

District task force takes on bullying
The Santa Fe New Mexican
Millions of children say they are bullied at school each year. A recent report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that some 160,000 kids nationwide avoid going to class because they fear bullying. Santa Fe is no different from the rest of the country.More

Average US fuel economy drops
Energy Publisher
After two months of increases, the average fuel economy of all new vehicles sold in the United States fell by a half mile per gallon last month, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Average fuel economy of cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs purchased in December 2011 was 22.2 mpg, down from 22.7 mpg in November and 22.6 in October.More

Special ed parents press for cameras on San Francisco school buses
San Francisco Examiner
Parents of special education students in the San Francisco Unified School District plan to renew their push for cameras on school buses in light of allegations that a bus driver molested 11-year-old girls in 2004 and 2011. The district's Community Advisory Committee for Special Education has long wanted security cameras on the 20-seat yellow school buses that shuttle disabled students, Chairwoman Katy Franklin said.More

Project Ignition keeps the focus on safe driving
Department of Transportation Fastlane
As the Department of Transportation pursues their top priority, safety, it's always helpful to know they can count on some terrific partners to lend their energy to their efforts. Project Ignition is one such partner that has a powerful multiplier effect. The program is made up of different high school teams from around the country dedicated to making roadways in their communities safer.More

Biodiesel production reaching record levels
Fleet Owner
The Environmental Protection Agency has reported that nearly 108 million gallons of biomass-based diesel were sold during the month of November. That milestone, according to the National Biodiesel Board lobby, continues a record year for biodiesel production. NBB notes that biodiesel "makes up the vast majority of the EPA's biomass-based diesel category under the Renewable Fuel Standard program, representing about 95 percent of the volume this year."More

Is my child being bullied? Action steps for parents
The Huffington Post
Most adults can recall a time when they, or someone they know, were bullied. The "school yard bully" was avoided at all costs; rarely did adults get involved. Well, the times have changed. Unfortunately, children also need to be protected from other children. More

Green motoring: Kansas City, Kansas, CNG buses
MotorWeek
VideoBrief Take a look at the sparkling new fleet of 47 compressed natural gas school buses in Kansas City Public Schools. Made possible by a stimulus grant from the Department of Energy through the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition, the project includes 35 time-fill dispensers with dual hoses, and an additional fill area to handle more CNG buses in the future. As the first public schools in the state to run CNG buses, officials hope to be a model for other districts. More

Distracted driving: Tips to stay focused
Mother Nature Network
An accident on the shoulder. A deer prancing down the side of the road. Your cellphone ringing. Your passenger asking you a question. These – and anything else that takes your attention away from the road — are examples of what has been coined "distracted driving."More

Do you brake for animals? Some advice for drivers on when and whether to swerve
The Washington Post
Do you brake for cats, dogs, squirrels, skunks and possums? How about horses, cows, elk, moose or deer? Fight the urge to swerve as you brake if you don't have time to check traffic first, said Julie Startup, a Washington State trooper and spokeswoman in the agency's Seattle and Bellevue area.More

Free shipping on your 13-month calendar at NAPT
NAPT
Here's a great idea from your friends at NAPT — we are offering free shipping with a $10 purchase of our 13-month NSBSW poster calendar.

These National School Bus Safety Week poster calendars will help everyone stay organized and enjoy award-winning student artwork from across the country. This colorful, easy-to-write-on calendar features state and national conference dates so you can keep track of important industry events. Office mates and relatives alike are sure to appreciate the safety messages and enjoy the talent exhibited in this calendar. (Dimension — closed: 10.5" W x 8" L)

Student artwork is created each year to celebrate National School Bus Safety Week. The NSBSW poster theme for 2012 is "Stand Back from the Yellow and Black." Students may draw the theme from September 2011 to September 2012. School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 22-26.

Happy New Year!More