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May. 6, 2014

2014 Summit: Everything you're looking for in 1 place

Where will you find the latest industry news and developments, motivational leadership workshops, hands-on training, and opportunities to connect with colleagues from around the nation – all under one roof? NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation, that's where!

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NAPT: Driving Innovation
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The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT), together with supporting sponsors, is proud to offer an annual awards program to individuals and operators responsible for the safe and efficient transport of school children. Now is the time to nominate a colleague for one of the awards presented at the Annual Conference.

Be sure to recognize someone for their outstanding leadership, heroic measures, commitment to continuing education, and others. Learn more about NAPT's awards here, and nominate someone today. More

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How one suburb made school buses obsolete
The Atlantic Cities
VideoBriefWhen it comes to its schools, the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, Ohio, does things the old-fashioned way. The city doesn't have a bus system for its 5,800 students, because it doesn’t need one. Its seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school are all within walking or biking distance of the children they serve. In the following short film from Streetfilms, planner Bryce Sylvester explains that there's never been a school bus system in the city. Lakewood's density – 51,000 people in five and a half square miles, it claims to be the densest community between New York and Chicago – is key to making the system work, as is locating schools within the core.More

EPA announces funding availability to clean up diesel engines nationwide
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the availability of $9 million in grant funding for clean diesel projects to reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines. The funding comes from EPA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) and will target the most cost-effective projects and fleets operating in areas designated as poor air quality areas.More

Florida school bus system at 'breaking point,' needs millions in investments
Tampa Bay Times
Hillsborough County's school bus system is "stressed to the breaking point" with low employee morale and a gross underinvestment in vehicles that could require at least $11 million a year to correct, a consultant says. A recent study says service to more than 90,000 students will deteriorate rapidly if the district does not invest more in its transportation department.More

Accidents prompt school bus driver refresher training
Highlands Today
All district school bus drivers have been going through behind-the-wheel refresher training after three accidents caused by district drivers resulted in two buses damaged beyond repair and a third bus with significant damage. After an accident, a driver is retrained, said School Board of Highlands County Transportation Director Transportation Director David Solomon, but, now, all of the district's 98 drivers are being retrained.More

Nightmares about bullying: 36 percent of children with sleep problems are victims of bullying
Medical Daily
Some say that a person's dreams are a window to their subconscious, painting an imaginary picture of the happiness, struggles, celebrations, and turmoil that one experiences during their daily life. While interpretations of dreams tend to be arguable, and highly subjective, a new study finds that children who have nightmares may be victims of bullying. The research shows that although a child may be in the dark about the altercations they experience in school, they are still suffering on the inside. More

Hoover School Board approves bus fee schedule
Over the Mountain Journal
The Hoover, Alabama, School Board recently unanimously approved a fee schedule for students needing bus transportation to city schools in the 2014-2015 school year pending U.S. District Court approval. The school system plans to charge non-poverty students the most. Families with students who receive reduced-price lunches or free lunches would pay less. Families with multiple students who attend Hoover schools will be given a discount.More

Video of school bus traveling through flood waters sparks investigation
NBC Philadelphia
Liz Rach was inside her home early this past Wednesday evening as heavy rain poured in East Fallowfield Township, Chester County, causing flooding on Mortonville Road. She noticed a school bus with young children on board heading toward the flooded road and asked the driver to turn around. More

2014 Summit to include live action demonstration
NAPT
What if someone boards one of your buses and threatens the lives of everyone aboard? Worse yet, what if the perpetrators have weapons, like knives or guns or IED's (improvised explosive devices)? It seems unfathomable but it is not unprecedented. You therefore need to EXPERIENCE IT – LIVE! to genuinely understand and prepare for the situation.More

Up to 450 students who ride bus to school may walk next year
Milford Mirror
Some Milford, Connecticut, students who have been riding the bus to school may have to walk next year. In a move to cut the transportation budget and to make the transportation policy fair for all students, the Board of Education recently voted to let Chief Operations Officer James Richetelli Jr. notify parents of 180 students that they will not be picked up for school starting next school year. More

For challenged readers, custom-tailored texts
Education Week
Reading experts say such books have been particularly useful for students with reading disabilities and those who are still mastering English, who might otherwise avoid leisure reading altogether. But such books have prompted educators to ask how they fit into the Common Core State Standards, which place a premium on students' mastering complex literary and informational texts. These are works, for example, that may feature a historical tale about the Underground Railroad or a biography of pop singer Rihanna, but be written with vocabulary and sentence lengths appropriate for a student just starting elementary school. The challenge is to work out a balance of engaging older readers while leading them to books that will stretch their skills. More

DPI issues framework to improve school safety
The Badger Herald
To ensure Wisconsin schools remain safe environments for learning, the Department of Public Instruction recently announced a new framework to improve school safety. The framework calls for action in four areas of school safety: mental health, climate and culture, physical environment and school administrative policies and procedures. "We know that mental health issues, bullying, substance abuse and other risky behaviors impair schooling for too many of our kids," said State Superintendent Tony Evers in a statement. "This work provides guidance for improving the school environment so all students can graduate college and career ready."More

School bus driver honored for saving child from floodwater
KABC-TV
VideoBriefRicardo Ramos, a local school bus driver, is credited with saving one young student, possibly two, caught in a flash flood last summer. He was recently honored by the California Highway Patrol, who named him School Bus Driver of the Year. It was a big day for a bus driver who says he was just doing his job. "I really didn't expect any of this and I just want to thank all of you guys very much," said Ramos. But many people are thanking him.More

Transit agencies turn to alternative fuels
Government Technology
Transit agencies around the country are increasing their use of alternative fuels. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA), in an Earth Day release, reported more than 40 percent of transit buses used alternative fuels in 2013. One in five transit buses runs on natural gas. Another 13 percent are hybrid-electric and 7 percent run on biodiesel, according to APTA. The 40 percent of buses using alternative energy compares with 3.4 percent for automobiles (including flex-fuel vehicles). Even more buses are likely to use alternative fuels in the future.More