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May. 28, 2013

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Take advantage of the early-bird rate by this Friday, May 31. Full conference registration is only $275, guest registration is $230. More

NAPT PDS and SNT courses available at many upcoming conferences

For NAPT members interested in pursuing career development, certification and recertification, and/or the NAPT Special Needs Endorsement, we will be announcing dates and locations of our course offerings throughout the year.

If you wish to receive NAPT credit for PDS or SNT course offerings at upcoming events, and an official course completion certificate from NAPT, please click on the specific location you are interested in (below). You'll be taken to a registration page that details all the information you need, including a link to the conference site.

OASBO (Ontario Association of School Business Officials): Course Web Link

TAA (Transportation Administrators of Arizona): Course Web link

VAPT (Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation): Course Web link

OPTA (Oregon Pupil Transportation Association): Course Web Link

ASTSBC (Association of School Transportation Services of British Columbia): Course Web link

MAPT (Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation): Course Web link

PSBA (Pennsylvania School Bus Association): Course Web link

NCPTA (North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association): Course Web link

ILAPT (Illinois Association for Pupil Transportation): Course Web link

GAPT (Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation): Course Web link

CSPTA (Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association): Course Web link

The NAPT Professional Development Series is the industry's only comprehensive training program designed exclusively for school transportation professionals; offering nearly 40 different courses for the classroom and many are now available online.

Visit our website: NAPT PDS page.

The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program was created to encourage individuals involved in school transportation to enhance their knowledge about transporting students with disabilities and promote excellent leadership skills for the community of transportation personnel serving children of all ages with special needs.

For more information, click here: SNT Brochure. More

NHTSA confirms new deputy, considers push for automatic braking
Automotive News
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has confirmed David Friedman, previously a transportation analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, as its new deputy administrator. Friedman, an engineer by training who has pushed for stricter fuel economy standards and lower oil consumption while working at the advocacy group, replaces Ron Medford, who left NHTSA last year to lead Google Inc.'s self-driving cars project. NHTSA Administrator David Strickland made the announcement during a recent congressional hearing on crash-prevention features and other new technologies that could boost the safety of cars. During the hearing, Strickland said the agency is getting closer to calling for automatic braking.More

Rural schools also challenged by education budget cutbacks
91.5 FM
As Arizona lawmakers work on the state budget, school districts are trying to plan their budgets for next school year. For rural districts, that challenge is magnified. Off of Interstate 8, about an hour east of Yuma, is the Hyder Elementary School District. Its funding is relatively small compared to big city school districts. Hyder's total annual budget is about $1.1 million. Less than $40,000 of that comes from property taxes. It is a poor district in a farming region. Students are scattered across a geographic area the size of Los Angeles. That means the district's four school buses travel 430 miles of paved and dirt roads each day to pick-up and drop off all of its students. "We're different. We're very unique," said Pat Koury, the Hyder School District superintendent.More

4 distracted driving myths
EHS Today
How often have you heard someone claim that using hands-free device renders behind-the-wheel cellphone conversations perfectly safe? Well, the National Safety Council has news for those drivers: Using a cellphone while driving, even when both hands are planted firmly on the wheel, is dangerous behavior — and to believe otherwise is to buy into one of the biggest distracted driving myths out there.More

Denver Public Schools unveils GPS tracking system for school bus riders
VideoBrief Every morning 7-year-old Ezekiel Brown boards the school bus near his home in Park Hill and rides several miles, with stops at different schools, before arriving at University Prep Elementary. His mother, Yolanda, says knowing his whereabouts is a big deal. "With him being the baby (youngest of three children), there was still apprehension; is he going to be okay on the bus?" said Yolanda Brown. Now, he and other young students across the district will have a new safeguard to keep parents and district officials aware of where children are while riding the school bus.More

Buckling up in New Jersey's school buses
101.5 FM
Recent school bus accidents in Old Bridge, including one in which several children were injured has prompted one New Jersey Senator to vow to introduce a bill to make school buses safer. The measure, which is being drafted, would require all new school buses to include three-point lap and shoulder seat belts.More

Police officer's gun fired accidentally on school bus
The Northern Virginia Daily
Recently, a Winchester, Va., police officer's gun fired accidentally into the floor of a school bus after one of the juvenile passengers allegedly reached into the officer's holster with his finger, law enforcement officials said. No one was injured among the officer and four students, bus driver, and bus aide reported on board at the time of the incident.More

Researchers: Stop using the word 'bullying' in school
USA Today
Schools that want to do a better job fighting bullying ought to start with one key step, a group of researchers recently said: Stop using the term "bullying." Because it's "being used for everything from rolling eyes to 'not wanting to be your friend' to sexual assault, the word 'bullying' has really obscured our ability to focus on what's happening" to children, said Dorothy Espelage of the University of Illinois.More

Night and day, Click It Or Ticket seat belt campaign has one goal: Your safety
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
In 2010, if everyone age 5 and older in a passenger vehicle had worn seat belts, 3,341 lives could have been saved. That's according to the latest Safety In Numbers snapshot from our National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That's why NHTSA is urging Americans to buckle up — every trip and every time. And that's the message the Department of Transportation is sending with their 2013 "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement effort.More

School bus drivers improve attendance in Georgia
The Augusta Chronicle
The Richmond County school system's Transportation Department has a team of office administrators, data managers, mechanics, technology specialists, bus monitors and dozens of others who work to keep routes efficient and buses on time. Director Jimmie Wiley said a stricter attendance policy and better morale this school year helped improve on driver absences and chronically late buses that plagued the department in 2011-2012.More

Parents among worst distracted drivers
U-T San Diego
Teen-age drivers have gotten a bad rap for a long time. And often for good reason. Some have a habit of texting or engaging in other behavior that diverts their attention from the road, endangering themselves and everyone else around them. But a new survey conducted by University of Michigan researchers suggests teens are hardly the only ones guilty of taking their eyes or minds, or both, off the task of driving.More

Exercise at Texas high school tests skills of first responders
San Antonio Express-News
Edison High School was recently the scene of a mock school bus accident that allowed students training as fire and police cadets in the school's Public Safety Magnet Program and as nursing, dental, pharmaceutical and forensics specialists in its Health Professions Magnet exercise their skills as first responders in a controlled environment. More

The Bully Bucket: Idaho school confronts bullying
Children who are bullied live in fear of coming to school each day. They suffer in silence afraid it will get worse if they say something or because they believe adults won’t do anything about it. According to the American Academy of Child and Adult Psychiatry, "some victims of bullying have even attempted suicide rather than continue to endure such harassment and punishment." When a student at Robert Stuart Middle School in Twin Falls is bullied, he or she can fill out a form and drop it into the school's "bully bucket." The school's resource officer and administrators review the forms and confront the school's bullies face to face.More

Parents back private bus service for choice, magnet schools in Florida
Florida Today
Families seeking transportation to schools with choice or magnet programs in Brevard County may now sign up for a private school bus service. Parents have been working since March to find an alternative to Brevard Public Schools' corridor busing, which served those students. It's being cut next year — part of $30 million in reductions that also is forcing three schools to close and teaching positions to be cut. For Eric Miles of Melbourne, the conversation started at his child's bus stop with talk of carpooling to Stevenson Elementary on Merritt Island next school year. "We realized every bus stop is probably having this conversation," he said, which prompted him and others to "try and come up with a solution for everybody."More