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Registration now open for first NAPT member webinar of 2015!
Mark your calendar for January 28 at 1pm ET for the first NAPT member webinar of the year. Register online today!
During our first complimentary member webinar, Secrets of Subrogation and Maximizing Claims Collection, you'll learn:
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2015 Save the Date
EPA Announces 2014 School Bus Replacement Funding Recipients
EPA is pleased to announce the school bus fleet owners selected by lottery to participate in the 2014 School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity. EPA will provide rebates to 76 fleet owners across the country to replace more than 200 older diesel school buses. To view the list of selections, please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate-schoolbus.htm#2014.
EPA has notified all selected applicants. All other applicants will be placed on the Applicant Wait List in the order in which they were selected in the lottery.
Selected applicants have nine months to order new buses, scrap the old ones, and submit all paperwork to EPA. For more information on the program requirements, please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate-schoolbus.htm#process. More
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: Fortress Systems, Q'Straint/Sure-Lok, Thermo King Corporation, and Zen-tinel Inc. 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.
Fortress Systems (www.fortressmobile.com) is a mobile video surveillance solution provider, and has been a leader in enhancing safety for pupil transportation, mass transit, para transit and the aviation community with unbiased video evidence for any situation. Their solutions are capable of compressing high quality video data, audio data, sensor data and GPS data on to secure storage drive utilizing data encryption, allows for operations to easily locate, retrieve, view, save and share recorded video and audio from the installed cameras.
Q'Straint/Sure-Lok (www.qstraint.com, www.sure-lok.com) For 30 years, Q'Straint has remained focused on one vision: to develop the world's most effective wheelchair passenger safety solutions for public and private transportation. Today, Q'Straint is a global company with a network of representatives serving our customers in over 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Oceania, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Thermo King Corporation (www.thermoking.com), a brand of Ingersoll Rand, was founded in 1938 and leads the world in manufacturing and innovating transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and rail cars.
Zen-tinel Inc. (www.zen-tinel.com) provides all-around vehicle security from start to stop and the trip in between. Their systems can provide vehicle diagnostics, protect against vandalism and report equipment failure while unattended. Automatic pre and post trip inspection reminders keep drivers vigilant while alerts and notifications can improve overall driver behavior. Cameras help prevent bullying, trespassing and false liability claims. More
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Next stop, ubiquity? The benefits of Wi-Fi on wheels
The evolution of technology in education has conjured its share of promising scenarios for K–12 schools. The Internet brought talk of the connected classroom. Notebooks and tablets sparked a shift toward mobile computing, and the bring-your-own-device movement opened the possibility of a 24/7 learning environment, where new opportunities would be forever at students' fingertips.More
Kids may snack on junk food on the ride home from school
Kids who ride home from school — whether in a car or on a bus — eat more snacks and candy during that window of opportunity than those who get home under their own steam, according to a new U.S. study. The researchers thought that kids who walk or bike to and from school might have more chances to buy junk foods along the way, but found it was the "passive commuters" who rode to or from school that ate more snacks. Dr. Kristine Madsen at the University of California, Berkley School of Public Health, who led the study of fourth- and fifth-graders, said her team was glad to find that the "active commuters" were not buying more junk food on their way home.More
How schools around the country respond to cold temperatures
The Huffington Post
School districts across the U.S. canceled classes as extremely cold temperatures swept the country's northern expanse. To many students in these areas, it was probably no surprise. Low temperatures often lead to school closures, because even without ice or snow making road conditions unsafe, intense cold can make it dangerous simply to get to school.More
Battle lines drawn on annual testing in ESEA renewal
Thirteen years after mandating high-stakes testing, Congress is kicking off its most serious attempt yet to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with partisan wrangling over whether to ditch the law's signature schedule of annual assessments. But a closer look shows that, behind the scenes, the politics aren't so cut-and-dried. At center stage, it's largely been Democrats, especially U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, defending the yearly testing schedule in the current law, the No Child Left Behind Act.More
Pass stopped school bus? Bill ups penalty
It's a familiar sight for many commuters: a yellow school bus slows to a stop, a red stop sign swings out, and children get on or off the bus. Passing a school bus that's stopped could soon get you a reckless driving charge in Florida, according to a new bill proposed. The new bill is called Gabby's Law for School Bus Stop Safety. It's named after 12-year-old Gabby Mair, who was hit by a car after getting off the school bus in DeBary in 2010. More
Transportation plays key role in school closures
Missouri law requires school districts to build at least six snow days into their school calendar. The Kirksville School District has only used one of those days so far this school year. But how does a school district determine when to delay or cancel classes? Kirksville School Superintendent Dr. Damon Kizzire told KTVO that transportation plays a key factor in the decision.More
Duncan lays out priorities for education law: Testing, preschool funding, teacher evaluations
The Washington Post
Education Secretary Arne Duncan spelled out his priorities for a new federal education law, calling on Congress to build in funding for preschool, add $1 billion annually in federal aid for schools with the neediest students, and maintain the federal mandate that says states must test students every year in math and reading. Duncan spoke at Seaton Elementary, a high-poverty school in the District's Shaw neighborhood. He was supposed to visit a classroom, but school was delayed by freezing rain and none of the mostly Latino and African American students were present.More
Speak out: School bus fees cause controversy
The Anniston Star
Transportation costs consume a large portion of a school district's annual budget. Many school districts are facing budgetary shortfalls. Therefore, some have begun to charge students a fee to ride the big yellow school buses. However, this does not come without controversy. A vast majority of parents do not agree with charging students to ride school buses. The fee is considered unconstitutional in some states. Therefore, some state legislatures have begun to pass laws that allow public school systems to charge for student transportation. A few school systems have opted to outsource student transportation to private agencies. These agencies can lawfully charge a fee to transport students.More
Majority of US public school students are in poverty
The Washington Post
For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation. The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade were eligible under the federal program for free and reduced-price lunches in the 2012-2013 school year. The lunch program is a rough proxy for poverty, but the explosion in the number of needy children in the nation’s public classrooms is a recent phenomenon that has been gaining attention among educators, public officials and researchers.More