NAPT MultiView News Brief
Jun. 26, 2012

Middle schoolers bully bus monitor, 68, with stream of profanity, jeers
VideoBrief A profanity-laced video of middle school students in upstate New York verbally abusing a bus monitor is sparking an outpouring of support as strangers worldwide rally to her side.More

Transit safety still lags
It took two Washington Metro trains slamming into each other and nine deaths to reveal dangerous lapses in America's public transportation systems. But three years after that deadly June accident, the outcry about safety continues. The country's second-largest public transit agency has worked to bolster safety measures, but financial hurdles and oversight confusion have slowed improvements. The problems reflect a startling reality in public transportation: No one's really watching.More

Karen Klein should give the money back
The Huffington Post
Chris Kelly writes, "Something's been bugging me about Karen Klein, the school bus monitor from Greece, New York, who was taunted by children in a video on YouTube, and now seems to have been given half a million dollars by nice strangers who feel bad: What happened to her never should have happened. Someone should have been monitoring the kids on that bus. And clearly it wasn't Karen Klein."More

There is such thing as a free lunch, aboard Gulfside school bus in Holiday, Fla.
Tampa Bay Times
This summer, children area can enjoy a feast aboard the Gulfside Mobile Dining bus, a free lunch service for children that operates from a home base of Gulfside Elementary School. The bus has five stops every weekday throughout the Holiday, Fla.-area while school is on break. More

What made the Karen Klein story go viral?
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
School children torment a bus monitor. Police arrest a woman filming a traffic stop. A high school senior with autism scores 20 points in a basketball game. All three stories had a common element: an unpolished, raw video that captured a remarkable moment of human emotion and interaction.More

Simulator shows young drivers the risks of distraction
USA Today
One of the most persistent challenges for teen-driving safety advocates is getting novice drivers to understand that their actions behind the wheel can have far-reaching implications. Several advocacy groups around the USA are turning to a driving simulation program that focuses on the long-term consequences of distracted and drunken driving.More

Study links traffic noise and heart attack risk
ABC News
Ah, traffic. Whether you're sitting in it, walking near it or breathing in fumes from it, traffic seems to be bad for our health in a lot of ways. Today, researchers in Denmark are reporting on another link between gridlock and health — traffic noise may raise the risk of a heart attack. The researchers found that people who lived with higher levels of traffic noise around their homes had a higher risk. For every 10-decibel increase of noise, the risk of a first heart attack went up by 12 percent.More

School bus drivers required to get physicals
A new Alabama law will require all school bus drivers to pass a physical examination before driving students this fall. Currently both Fort Payne and DeKalb County schools require bus drivers to have a physical examination before they are allowed to transport students. The new law will make examinations mandatory effective Aug. 14.More

On the road again: Near-record travel expected over July 4
USA Today
Thanks to a continued drop in gas prices, more U.S. travelers will be hitting the road over the mid-week Fourth of July holiday than in any year since 2007, the travel and leisure organization AAA recently predicted. More

Bus program for Oklahoma City high school students gets OK
Students enrolled in Oklahoma City Public Schools' high school academies next year are going to get free rides on Metro Transit buses, and yellow school buses will mingle with their city-owned counterparts at the downtown bus station.More

GPS study shows drivers will slow down, at a cost
Some 12,000 Americans die every year in traffic crashes caused by speeding, according to government statistics. Officials have tried many strategies to get drivers to slow down. And now they might have found something that works, after researchers placed a GPS device inside cars that gives drivers an incentive not to speed.More

Alternative Fuel Tour comes to Florida
Tallahassee Democrat
Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons wants his district ahead of the curve when it comes to alternative fuel sources. Pons outlined the benefits of new buses — one of which was parked next to a crowd of about 60 people — at the second annual Alternative Fuel Tour, organized by Tim Echols, chairman of the Georgia Public Service commission.More

NAPT needs your feedback today

NAPT continues to work with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center to prevent bullying in school transportation. Click here for information regarding the training program and modules.

Last year, with your help, this partnership culminated in the creation of two training modules. Now that time has passed, we are eager to assess the efficacy of the training modules and to make any changes that are deemed necessary. We need your help — please take part in a quick survey! Your input is crucial as your responses will be invaluable to our work to enhance the current training modules for school bus drivers that include research-based strategies regarding violence prevention, bullying prevention, and building positive relationships with students.

Your continued support and assistance will improve the ability of the entire education community to meet the challenges of offering specially developed and targeted bullying prevention and intervention training to school transportation service providers nationwide. We look forward to working with you to integrate this new information into the existing bullying prevention/intervention training modules.

Please respond by June 26.

Module 1 feedback survey

Module 2 feedback survey

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NAPT Awards Program

The National Association for Pupil Transportation, together with support from our sponsors, is proud to offer an annual awards program to individuals and operators responsible for the safe transport of school children. Please consider nominating one of your dedicated staff, as we are accepting applications for the following awards:

Driver Trainer Award sponsored by IC Corporation — Established to recognize school districts with exemplary driver training programs. Deadline: Sept. 4.

Special Needs Transportation Award sponsored by Sure-Lok — Created to recognize superior special needs transportation service. Deadline: Sept. 4.

Heroism Award sponsored by Blue Bird — Established to recognize heroism or acts of courage relating to school transportation. Deadline: Sept. 4.

Continuing Education Grant sponsored by Thomas Built Buses — Founded to encourage professional growth in the student transportation industry. Deadline: Sept. 4.

Please log on to our website for applications and additional information: