NAPT Dispatch
Jul. 7, 2015

Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available for NAPT Summit in Richmond
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Maximize your company's exposure in Richmond this year at the Annual NAPT Summit. We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for every budget to help you showcase your company. Visit our conference website to find out more and to download our sponsorship brochure.More

Registration Now Open for America's Best
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Registration is now open for the 2015 America’s Best Training & Skills Challenge for Technicians and Inspectors. This year's event will be held in conjunction with the NAPT Summit in Richmond, VA Nov. 6-10. Again this year we have opened the event to Challengers, those who either don't have a state competition to participate in, or those who did participate in their state completion but want a rematch! To find more information or to download our America’s Best brochure to submit your registration, visit www.americasbesttech.org. More

Register Now for the 2015 NAPT Summit — and Save In Our Career Center!
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Everyone needs good people. That's why we've created a special way to help you find them.

Any attendee or vendor who registers prior to August 31st for the annual NAPT Conference and Trade Show in Richmond this Fall will receive a 25% discount on the price of the Online Job Posting Packages in the NAPT Career Center. This one-time promo code will allow your district or company to post jobs and recruit good people at a reduced rate. Simply register for the 2015 NAPT Summit at www.napt.org/summit and you will receive a personalized promo code (that may be used until December 31, 2015) in your confirmation email. It's that easy!

Already registered? NAPT will be emailing you the promotional details and your discount code within the next few days. Keep an eye on your inbox!

More information on NAPT's Career Center can be found at careers.napt.org.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brianne Peck, NAPT Member Services Specialist, at 800.989.6278 or brianne.peck@napt.org.More

State associations offering NAPT PDS courses @ annual conferences
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South Carolina (SCAPT), Missouri (MAPT), and Maine (MAPT) provide variety of educational sessions for members

SCAPT is offering three NAPT Professional Development Series (PDS) courses at their conference in July 2015:

MAPT (Missouri) is offering two NAPT Professional Development Series (PDS) courses at their conference in July 2015: MAPT (Maine) is offering two NAPT Professional Development Series (PDS) courses at their conference in July 2015: Receive a course completion certificate from NAPT and register today. The cost of the PDS courses for credit and the course completion certificate is $20/member and $50//non-member.

If you have any questions regarding the NAPT PDS certificate registration, please contact NAPT headquarters at 800.989.6278.

If you have any questions regarding any of the state association events, please contact them directly.More

Upcoming NAPT Webinars
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We are officially halfway through our 2015 series of webinars, and we have had a great turnout so far! Remember, if you've missed any of our webinars, they are all recorded and available in the 'Member Resources' area of the Members' Only section of the website. Log-in today. Here's what else we have on the schedule for the year:

July 29: Transportation Technology: Don't Let It DRIVE You Crazy Register now!
September 30: Preparing Your Operation for Winter Register now!
October 28: Inside Washington: How and Why Democracy Begets Bureaucracy Register now!

Stay tuned for more information as we finalize our webinars for August and November!

Next up, Transportation Technology: Don't Let It DRIVE You Crazy! During this complimentary member webinar, we'll discuss:

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 29 @ 1pm ET
Title: Transportation Technology: Don't Let It DRIVE You Crazy
Presenters: Steve Simmons, III, Director of Transportation, Columbus City Schools, NAPT President-Elect and Jeff Vrabel, Director of Fleet Services, Columbus City Schools
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members

Register now!More

Vendor Spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight
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Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.

To help you find solutions, we highlight our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. Just click on the company logo to find out more.

Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: American Traffic Solutions, Inc., Creative Bus Sales, Huggable Images LLC, and Rosco Vision Systems. Their logos will be posted for the next couple of weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.

American Traffic Solutions, Inc. (www.atsol.com) is a leading provider of traffic safety, mobility and compliance solutions for state & local governments, commercial fleets and rental car companies. They take great pride in fulfilling the safety, mobility and enforcement needs of their clients and promise to deliver them with the core values that their employees vigorously uphold: integrity, accountability, respect, excellence and teamwork.

Creative Bus Sales (www.creativebussales.com) is the nation's largest bus dealership and is proud to offer products from 22 of the top commercial and school bus manufacturers. With multiple locations throughout the United States, Creative is able to service customers across the nation.

Huggable Images LLC (www.huggableimages.com) started working with the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office (formerly Kansas Safety Belt Education Office) in 2006 to create a custom plush "Booster Rooster" finger puppet for their booster seat program. They were then asked to help improve Child Passenger Safety in Kansas by creating inexpensive, life sized, training dolls to be used in the teaching of car seat safety. They have since added 2 additional sized training dolls, a preemie and a 4'9" training doll, to the original infant, 16 month old, 3 yr. old and a 6 yr. old, and are proud to be helping to save children's lives throughout the US and abroad.

Rosco Vision Systems (www.roscovision.com) Founded in 1907, Rosco, based in Jamaica, N.Y., is one of North America’s leading suppliers of backup camera systems, mirrors, visors, and other visual safety solutions to the worldwide commercial vehicle market. Rosco engineers and manufactures visual safety systems for all types of commercial fleet vehicles. The company is the largest supplier of mirror systems to the North American school bus market, selling to all major OEMs and parts distributors including Navistar/IC Corp., Freightliner/Thomas Built, Blue Bird, AM General, and many others. More

Get 5 KPIs instantly with NAPT's 3D website
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It's as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Visit the 3D website
  2. Download a data worksheet and compile the necessary information
  3. Enter your information in the system.
The end result is 5 free KPIs instantly! The over-arching goal of this dynamic website is to encourage student transportation professionals to speak a common language and make more data driven decisions.

According NAPT President Keith Henry, CDPT, "One of our goals from the start has been to facilitate discussion and interaction among as many people as possible and give them a chance to participate in this project." More

Have you joined NAPT's LinkedIn Group?
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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
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    Regulating Uber and refilling growlers: What the hundreds of new state laws that take effect do
    The Washington Post
    From the mundane to the substantial, at least 700 new state laws go into effect July 1, a common effective date for legislation. Guns rights advocates, ride-sharing companies and craft beer fans were among those to benefit from the new laws, with states easing regulations governing each.More

    Missouri takes districts for a bumpy ride when it comes to bus funds
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Missouri has slowed its roll in recent years when it comes to funding school transportation costs. Less money is available for all districts — and school buses can take a beating, especially in rural areas where gravel roads and potholes are common. But problems aren't limited to rural districts. In 2004, St. Louis Public Schools received $12.2 million from the state. This year the district received $4.3 million, said Patrick Wallace, district spokesman. The district contracts its bus service out to First Student.More

    Report: Federal education funding plummeting
    U.S. News & World Report
    Over the last five years, Congress has cut federal funding for K-12 education by nearly 20 percent, about five times more than overall spending cuts, according to a new report. In an analysis of the federal budget, the bipartisan advocacy organization First Focus found federal spending that affects children — including funding aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect, for housing allocated to children, and for programs targeted toward homeless youths, as well as education funding — has dropped 9.4 percent since 2011, when federal stimulus funds ran out. Overall federal spending dropped 4 percent in the same time.More

    MassDOT begins Youth Pass program aimed at young people
    The Boston Globe
    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation launched a yearlong pilot program to help more young people get access to public transportation for getting to work, school and other activities. The pilot program MBTA Youth Pass will provide monthly passes to those aged 12 to 21 for $26 a month, and make transportation available to 1,500 people from Boston, Somerville, Chelsea and Malden, MassDOT said in a statement. The partnership between those cities and the MBTA offers the current Student Pass program, which is usually available only to middle- and high-school students, to a larger youth population, the transportation department said. The Student Pass allows reduced fares for eligible students.More

    Transportation sector gains 17,000 jobs in June
    The Hill
    The transportation sector gained 17,100 jobs in June as the national unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in seven years, according to statistics released by the Department of Labor on Friday. The Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics said there were 4,777,500 jobs in transportation in June, compared to 4,760,400 in May. The jump was part of a 223,000 increase in overall jobs in June that brought the nation's unemployment rate down to 5.3 percent, the BLS said.More

    What do we do when students don't like school
    Connected Principals (commentary)
    Kyle Hoopes, a contributor for Connected Principals blog, writes: "I was just recently issued a challenge by a good principal friend of mine, Adam Welcome, to post ideas around specific topics each week. I think it is a wonderful idea. We have the opportunity to reflect each week on important ideas and share each other's thoughts. Last week, Adam posted a great blog on making schools great by addressing the idea of why students may not like coming to school. I've thought about this idea for a week and I have a few thoughts."More

    Education organizations to Congress: Keep vouchers out of ESEA rewrite
    Education Week
    The U.S. Senate is slated to start debating a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. One of the big points of contention to watch? Expanding school choice. And that prospect does not make a coalition of more than 50 organizations — ranging from AASA, the School Superintendents Association to the Texas Freedom Network very happy. Those organizations sent a letter to lawmakers reiterating their opposition to vouchers and Title I portability, which would allow federal money for disadvantaged children to follow students to any school they choose.More

    Quest for quiet: Considering noise control as an accommodation
    By: Pamela Hill
    When educators plan Individual Educational Programs for students with learning disabilities, they use several key considerations for possible instructional and test accommodations to help students improve their individualized learning. Educators choose accommodations from areas such as pacing and timing, environment, assignments, scheduling, test adaptations, etc. One area that is not often considered as a possible accommodation is noise control.More

    Analysis finds 23 percent of children are victims of cyberbullying
    Medical News Today
    Recent reports suggest that 95 percent of American teenagers use the Internet, with 85 percent of this group using social media. More than half of adolescents were also found to log in to a social media website more than once a day, with 22 percent logging in to their favorite social media portal more than 10 times each day. Because adolescents are at a stage in their development when they are vulnerable to peer pressure and have limited capacity to self-regulate, there is concern over the potential risks of social media use among this group, including the potential for cyberbullying, online harassment and privacy issues.More