NAPT Dispatch
Feb. 10, 2015

#LovetheBus #LivetheBus challenge continues!
NAPT
All month long NAPT is celebrating 'Love the Bus' with our 2015 #LovetheBus #LivetheBus challenge. Show us your love for the bus! To officially participate in the contest, submit your photos each day to info@napt.org. And help us spread the word! Post your photos to your Facebook and/or Twitter account, use the hash tags #LoveTheBus and #LiveTheBus and share your pictures on our pages @NAPThq. More

February member webinar covers the Principles of Lubrication
NAPT
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 25 at 1pm ET for the next NAPT member webinar. Register online today!

During this complimentary member webinar, Principles of Lubrication, you'll learn:

Online registration is open!

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 25 @ 1pm ET
Title: Principles of Lubrication
Presenter: Kenny Foley, Hydrotex
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members

Reserve your space today! More

Applications still being accepted for 2015 School Bus Xchange
NAPT
Brought to you by two of the biggest entities in the industry, the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and School Bus Fleet magazine, the School Bus Xchange (SBX) is designed to connect a diverse, distinctive and influential group of school transportation operators with an equally select group of product and service suppliers. Act quickly — this is the last week to apply and only a limited number of applicants will be accepted for 2015.

As an active participant at SBX, you'll have an opportunity to connect and collaborate with other action-minded individuals involved in school transportation. Exchange ideas with transportation directors, school business officials and school bus contractors. Take a look at the preliminary schedule. If selected, every SBX participant will receive a custom-made, personalized agenda that offers:

As a result, you'll build unique relationships that will last far beyond SBX — relationships that could change the landscape of your world.

Apply today! We look forward to connecting with you this April 6-8 in the Dallas, TX area.More

Join NAPT's LinkedIn Group
NAPT
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!More

Connect with NAPT
NAPT
Let NAPT help you stay in touch with colleagues and up-to-date on industry news and interesting stories from around the nation.

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Here are the states that spend the most on public school students
The Huffington Post
The National Center for Education Statistics recently released its latest data on how much money states are investing in public school students. NCES, an arm of the Department of Education, looked at each state's revenues and expenditures per pupil in public elementary and secondary schools during the 2011-2012 school year. The agency also presented data on school spending and revenues at the level of individual school districts. School revenue is defined as funds from "local, intermediate, state, and federal sources," while school expenditure refers to "all amounts of money paid out by a school system."More

New schools app tracks buses
Star Tribune
Wondering if your child's school bus has been delayed? A new bus status-tracking app, called MySPPS Bus, is now available from St. Paul Public Schools. The MySPPS Bus app will provide bus delay information directly to families and staff and will help keep users up-to-date on the arrival time of school buses. The MySPPS Bus information is on school websites and the app is available through Google Play and the Apple App Store. It is not a GPS tracking system. This service only communicates delays at the time it was posted on a school's web site by the district's transportation departmentMore

New Jersey conflict: Proposal to sacrifice school funding for transportation infrastructure
Newsjerseyroom.com
New Jersey Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, D-Middlesex, issued the following statement in response to Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick's suggestion that New Jersey's school funding formula be revised to fund the Transportation Trust Fund. "This morning, in a discussion with New Jersey mayors about the challenges facing our state, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick suggested school funding be reduced to help address the state's pressing need to fund our transportation infrastructure. The idea should be D.O.A. — dead on arrival."More

The new school takes a big step beyond divesting fossil fuel stock
The New York Times
Many universities have decided to drop fossil fuel stocks from their investment portfolios, but the New School in New York City has decided to go a step further. The eclectic, historically progressive school said it would not only divest itself of all fossil fuel investments in coming years, but officials say they also are reshaping the entire curriculum to focus more on climate change and sustainability.More

Markell wants to cut private school transportation stipend
The News Journal
Gov. Jack Markell wants to eliminate the stipend private school parents get to help pay for transportation, but is facing opposition from lawmakers who say those families deserve at least something for paying school taxes. Each year, the state sets aside money which is split among private school parents who apply. Last year, the state spent more than $1.3 million, with about 10,800 families receiving about $127 each, according to the Office of Management and Budget.More

Transportation issues bar many San Francisco families from school choice
KQED
Eight-year-old Karishma Sears started her trek to school with her father in the family car one Thursday in December. It took only 15 minutes to drive from their home near Mount Davidson 4.6 miles to Starr King Elementary in Potrero Hill, where she participates in a highly regarded Mandarin immersion program her parents chose for her. Their jobs are on the Peninsula, but both can work from home and help shuttle Karishma to school.More

ESEA would see $2.7 billion increase under FY 2016 budget
eSchool News
President Barack Obama's FY 2016 budget request includes four focus areas for education, including increasing equity and opportunity for all students; expanding high-quality early learning programs; supporting teachers and school leaders; and improving access, affordability and student outcomes in postsecondary education. Education Technology State Grants would receive $200 million to support models that use technology to help teachers improve instruction and personalize learning for students.More

Transportation bill passes first hurdle
Atlanta Journal Constitution
A House subcommittee on Monday voted to advance a major transportation funding bill to full committee, an important first step for a complicated proposal. The Transportation subcommittee heard more than an hour of testmony, including concerns from Georgia's cities and school districts before agreeing to send House Bill 170 forward. Supporters hope the bill will raise more than $1 billion in new money for transportation, largely by replacing state and local gasoline sales taxes with a 29.2 cents per gallon excise tax. Local governments could add an additional 6 cents per gallon to replace lost revenue.More

Can school districts regulate what educators say on social media?
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
The raging social media debate across the country — about inappropriate conduct between teachers and students — is driving school districts to set stringent rules for educators. Along with protecting students from irreparable emotional or other damages, there is also an increasing concern about the damage these actions could do the positive and needful online communication between the two groups.More

Wheels on the bus don't go round: 65 percent of Maine school buses fail inspection
Bangor Daily News
A recent CBS 13 investigation discovered widespread, potentially dangerous problems with the buses Maine children ride back and forth to school. The Portland television station found more than half of the school buses in the state fail to meet basic safety standards, according to Maine State Police reports. Every school day thousands of Maine kids get on school buses. In fact, 80 percent of Maine students take the bus to school, but CBS 13 found about 65 percent of the buses in Maine fail their state inspections. In some school districts, it's even worse.More

Mobile and interactive media use by young children: The good, the bad and the unknown
Boston University Medical Center via The Medical Xpress
Mobile devices are everywhere and children are using them more frequently at young ages. The impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behavior of children is still relatively unknown. In a commentary in the journal Pediatrics, researchers review the many types of interactive media available today and raise important questions regarding their use as educational tools, as well as their potential detrimental role in stunting the development of important tools for self-regulation.More