NAPT Dispatch
Feb. 24, 2015

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Less than a week left of #LovetheBus #LivetheBus challenge
There's still time to celebrate 'Love the Bus' month 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 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

Last chance to register for February member webinar: Principles of Vehicle Lubrication
Join us tomorrow — Wednesday, February 25 at 1pm ET — for the next NAPT member webinar. Register online!

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

Online registration is open!

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 25 @ 1pm ET
Title: Principles of Vehicle Lubrication
Presenter: John Cummins, Vice President Product Technology, Hydrotex
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members

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5 Nebraska school districts get $120,000 to replace old buses
Five rural Nebraska school districts will be able to upgrade their bus fleets to new, cleaner buses with a total of $120,000 in rebates from the Environmental Protection Agency. The school districts will receive rebates through EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding to replace existing diesel school buses. More

GOP in driver's seat as Congress tackles NCLB rewrite
Education Week
Recently, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have continued to plow ahead with efforts to update the much-maligned No Child Left Behind Act, the latest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Republican lawmakers are in the driver's seat in both chambers where Title I portability, testing, and accountability continue to be the most hotly debated policy issues.More

Schools review savings from propane buses
One of the many challenges a school bus driver faces is hearing students in the back of the bus. Now that Neosho schools have switched to propane buses, that's no longer a problem. "With the propane bus, there is very little sound when you start them. Unless you're used to them, a lot of times you'll think you need to restart them again. There's just very little interior sound at all," said Michelle Embrey, Neosho Schools Transportation Director. The district purchased 18 propane buses six months ago. A mid-year review revealed more than $100,000 in savings for the first year.More

Schools looking at cheaper ways to fuel buses
The Roanoke County School Board in Virgina has given the go-ahead for the school's transportation department to look at cheaper ways to fuel its bus fleet. In the coming weeks, the county will request proposals for 10 buses that run on either diesel or propane as a pilot to see how much, if any money can be saved.More

Bullying prevention: Can students make kindness cool?
The Christian Science Monitor
Schools are increasingly turning to students to develop and implement anti-bullying initiatives designed not just to discourage bullying, but also to empower students to intervene.More

ICYMI: Atlanta school buses to have stop arm cameras
Midtown Patch
Normally, a city school system asking its city council to approve a request for cameras on their school buses’ stop signs would be little more than a formality, but nothing is normal about the relationship between Atlanta Public Schools and the Atlanta City Council. Although the two entities will work together to get cameras installed on the stop arms of city school buses, the approval process itself was anything but cordial, Atlanta InTown says. Two city council members blasted APS for adding the request to their agenda at the last minute, with one councilwoman saying she would have liked two weeks' notice before voting on the proposal.More

The secret to secured entries at schools
By: Charlie Howell
Schools across the nation are reacting to the public outcry to do something in the name of security to protect students and teachers from violence. Many schools look at the concept of a secured entry — a holding vestibule for unauthorized persons until they are vetted and authorized to enter — as the big answer. However, these schools are spending money to create secured entries that are not likely to work when they are needed. I have only seen nine instances in approximately the last 100 implemented or planned secured entries that have a chance at performing their function.More

Bill to replace worst polluting school buses passes House
Deseret News
One of this session's clean air measures cleared the House on a 47-22 vote and now gets batted over to the Senate for consideration. HB49, by Rep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton, directs up to $20 million in one-time money to replace old diesel-burning school buses and provide alternative fuel infrastructure for school districts.More

Stopping drivers who pass school buses
In a 2014 survey, Missouri school bus drivers reported 819 vehicles illegally passed stopped buses in a single day. In Illinois that number was 636. The annual survey was conducted by The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services. Dan Gilman, the director of transportation for the Mehlville District estimated his bus drivers see 10 to 20 violations a day. "Vehicles continue to go around the buses while we are loading and unloading students," Gilman said. Putting a stop to the problem has proven to be difficult.More

Pension, transportation, school funding shortages push New Jersey structural deficit over $7 billion
The Star-Ledger
As recently as his State of the State address last month, in a speech aimed at a national audience, Gov. Chris Christie took credit for wiping out an $11 billion structural deficit after taking office. "Five years ago we faced massive consecutive budget deficits: $2 billion for fiscal year 2010 and a projected $11 billion the next year on a budget of only $29 billion. We fixed it by making hard choices, the way middle class families in New Jersey have to do it in their homes," Christie said. More

More schools serving dinner as need increases
District Administration Magazine
Districts including Los Angeles USD and Dallas ISD will expand after-school supper programs this year, responding to the growing number of students who don't get an evening meal at home. Nationwide, the number of students served dinner or an after-school snack reached nearly 1 million last year. In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act expanded after-school meal programs to all 50 states after piloting them in 13 states and the District of Columbia.More