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Jul. 15, 2014

Less than 3 weeks to save!

Take advantage of early registration rates and save $100! Register today and join your colleagues in Kansas City, MO for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation November 8-11. Our full conference rate is only $299 before August 1. Take advantage of this great discount and register online today!

Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518-218-0867.

And remember, the Peter & Linda Lawrence scholarship is now available for driver trainers and front line supervisors! Click here to download the application.

Hotel Information
The Kansas City Marriott Downtown, approximately 20 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI) will serve as our headquarters hotel and a block of rooms has been set aside for Summit delegates. Reserve your room at the reduced NAPT rate of $134/night, plus tax (~$158.33/night), or call 800-228-9290. Individuals are encouraged to make reservations early. In order to secure the reduced rate, reservations must be made by October 8, 2014.

So, mark your calendar and make plans to be in Kansas City, MO November 8-11 for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. We look forward to seeing you there!More

TODAY is the last day to register for 2014 LED program

Are you looking to:

If you said yes to any of these questions, then join George Pitagorsky and your fellow industry experts for a series of webinars and a face-to-face workshop. Today, Tuesday, July 15* is the deadline, so reserve your space today!

* In order for this program to be most effective, a minimum of 25 participants registered by Tuesday, July 15 is required. If we do not reach the minimum number of participants, the NAPT Board will reassess the 2014 LED program offering.More

Exciting changes for NAPT's America's Best Competition

Last month NAPT unveiled an enhanced version of our annual America's Best Training and Skills Competition, which will be offered during our 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation, November 8-11 in Kansas City, MO. The popular safety program is expanding this year to include two pilot programs: the first ever driver trainer competition, and a specialized transportation component.

This is a great opportunity for school transportation professionals to show off your skills, connect with peers from around the nation, improve your knowledge, and have valuable hands-on and classroom training from industry experts. For more information, visit our website, and those interested in participating should download and complete the registration form.

Many thanks to those NAPT leaders and members who have worked to expand America's Best, including: Theresa Anderson, TM Anderson Consulting, LLC, CO; David Anderson, CDPT, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, CO; Marshall Casey, Casey's Kustoms, LLC, SC; Dwight Gleaves, Hydrotex, TX; Steve Kalmes, CDPT, JSK Consulting, AK; Kenny Mulder, CDPT, Special School District, MO; Barry Sudduth, CDPT, Stafford County Public Schools, VA.More

CSPTA honors state winners

In June the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association (CSPTA) held their annual State Roadeo and Technicians content in Pueblo, Colorado. Congratulations to the following individuals who were the top 3 placements: in the Colorado State Roadeo and Technicians contest.


Each of the first place winners have the option to represent Colorado at NAPT's America's Best Skills Training & Competition, International School Bus Roadeo and Special Needs National Roadeo(s) with support from CSPTA. Good luck to all of Colorado's competitors!

Congratulations to CSPTA Persons of the Year:
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National School Bus Safety Week themes announced

2014 Nation School Bus Safety Week is months away, but at NAPT we're always thinking school bus safety. Our School Bus Safety Poster Contest Committee recently finalized the themes for the next six years. Take a look:

Many thanks to the committee for putting this all together. Click here for more information on National School Bus Safety Week. We look forward to seeing what designs students from around the nation share with us over the years.More

Join education professionals for FREE webinar

Buses, Boots, and Bicycles: Getting Safe Routes to School and Student Transportation Departments to Work Together

Student transportation departments usually focus on school buses, but they have the potential to do much more. This webinar will address how collaboration between student transportation departments and Safe Routes to School can enable children to get to school safely. Speakers will discuss barriers to collaboration, strategies for overcoming those obstacles, and specific ways to work together. The webinar will also showcase a school transportation department that gets kids to school by foot, bicycle, scooter, school bus, and carpool.

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School bus drivers vote to get rid of union
WTAE-TV
Nearly 90 percent of a western Pennsylvania school district's bus drivers have voted to get rid of their labor union. The National Right to Work Foundation announced the results of the vote by 105 drivers in the Gateway School District, based in Monroeville. The drivers aren't employed by the district but by Student Transportation of America. That company was hired by the district last July, and had recognized the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1729 as the drivers' bargaining unit. The drivers will now bargain directly with the company.More

FCC approves $2 billion boost for Wi-Fi in schools
Bloomberg
The Federal Communications Commission approved a plan to spend $2 billion to boost wireless Internet connectivity in U.S. schools and libraries during the next two years. "We're at a watershed moment," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said during a hearing in Washington in which the panel voted 3-2 to approve the plan he proposed in April. "Because of what we do today 10 million kids will be connected next year who otherwise wouldn't. That's a good days work." The move will phase out funding under a program known as E-rate for old technologies like pagers and dial-up phone service in order to subsidize broadband and wireless Internet connections in classrooms and libraries.More

Nebraska school district considers bus, van purchases to replace taxi use by homeless students
The Republic
School officials in Lincoln are asking the Board of Education to acquire more buses and vans so the district no longer has to use taxis to transport homeless children to and from school. Federal law requires that public schools pay transportation costs to get students to and from their home school when they become homeless. Very few, if any, of the children served by the district live on the streets, said Lincoln Public Schools homeless outreach specialist Bryan Seck. But they often live at six or seven addresses within a school year. Federal law and the district try to provide some stability, said Seck.More

Apprentice, intern programs groom great workers
School Bus Fleet
Some districts are using maintenance apprenticeship programs to grow their applicant pools, teach work and life skills, and give back to the community by contributing skilled technicians. Students, in turn, gain experience for their resumes, earn some money — in some cases while attending college — and sometimes find a career path resulting in a full-time job with the district. More

Boston school bus drivers hurt themselves and alienate others
The Boston Globe
United Steelworkers Local 8751, which represents about 700 Boston school bus drivers, is a throwback. Labor leaders in Boston are trying to keep the union from becoming extinct. But it will be hard to dredge up any sympathy from Bostonians. Nothing short of mass amnesia is likely to blot out the public's memory of last October's wildcat strike, which left thousands of children stranded on city sidewalks.More

Victims, rescue squad of 1958 Kentucky bus crash to be honored
LEX 18
It's one of the worst school bus crashes in the country. The 1958 crash in Floyd County involved a bus with filled with children that ran off the road into an icy river. A total of 26 students and the driver died in the accident. The victims of that awful accident will soon be honored as will the oldest living rescue squad member from that time. "It was a cold winter day, the river half way up the banks," retired rescue squad member Bud Alexander said. "It's hard to believe what happened because the school bus was completely under water." More

Bullying online leads to offline fear at school
Medical News Today
Cyberbullying creates fear among students about being victimized at school, a recent study by Sam Houston State University found. While traditional bullying still creates the most fear among students, cyberbullying is a significant factor for fear of victimization at school among students who have experienced bullying or disorder, such as the presence of gangs. The fear from cyberbullying is most prominent in minority populations. "It cannot be overstated — online victimization has offline consequences, and those consequences may have a number of negative effects for students, including fear of victimization," said Ryan Randa, Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice.More

Overloaded China kindergarten bus crash kills 11
BBC News
An overloaded minivan ferrying children home from kindergarten in China's Hunan province has crashed into a pond, killing all 11 people on board. The van was carrying eight kindergarten pupils and two teachers, as well as the driver. It was meant to carry only seven people, according to Xinhua. Local media reported it was traveling on a narrow road that had no barrier. The victims' family members told Xinhua that school buses in the region are often overloaded.More

Suffolk Public Schools seeks to raise morale of bus drivers
Suffolk News-Herald
Incentives to improve bus driver attendance and morale could play an important role in improving transportation issues facing Suffolk Public Schools, its chief of operations says. Stemming from a meeting with the Suffolk City School Bus Drivers Association, Kevin Alston's proposals include prize drawings and stipends to reward drivers for good attendance. Every nine weeks, according to Alston's presentation to the School Board's annual retreat last month, bus drivers with three absences or less would receive between one and five tickets. Those with fewer absences would receive more tickets.More

The future of test-based accountability
The Brookings Institution
In the U.S., the principal lever for K-12 public education reform for the last 40 years has been test-based accountability. Prior to the 1970s, individual school districts bore nearly all of the responsibility for determining what the students within their purview needed to know and be able to do to advance from grade to grade and graduate from high school. Districts, in turn, deeded this responsibility to teachers in the form of the end-of-year or end-of-course grades they assigned to their students. State-mandated minimum competency tests (MCTs), established in the 1970s, were the first wave of accountability systems designed and overseen at the state or federal level. The standards and accountability systems under which every public school in the nation operates in this century differ in many respects from earlier MCT systems. The most obvious of the differences lies in the conceptualization of what states and the federal government should hold educators and students accountable for: minimum competency versus college and career ready skills. More

Student walking zones expanded to save busing costs
LancasterOnline
A few dozen more Hempfield, Pennsylvania, students will be walking to school this fall. The Hempfield school board recently approved an expansion to walking areas for students around the Landisville and Farmdale campuses. The change will save the school district about $30,000 in transportation costs next year, said Dan Forry, the district's chief operating officer. An additional area being considered in Mountville was tabled for the time being.More

Using eLearning tools to maximize summer PD
eSchoolNews
School's out for summer, and what better time for teachers to continue their education through professional development programs? Between travel plans, family commitments, and taking a well-deserved break, it can be a nuisance for teachers to report in-person for professional development programs. eLearning options, however, offer teachers the chance to virtually engage in active learning collaborations and without the confines of a classroom, online professional development gives teachers access to peer-learning, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and digital citizenship opportunities. More

Converted school bus delivers meals to children
USA Today
For the last month, a Jefferson County Public Schools bus has delivered lunch to children, providing a nutritious meal that for some might be the main meal of the day. The bus is an expansion of a mobile lunch program that began last year as a way to feed more children in needy areas. It's one of two $55,000 mobile cafeterias that meet children where they live and play. The repurposed, air-conditioned school buses are equipped with a milk cooler and with cafeteria-style tables along the windows and are decorated with vibrant food decals.More

US states greet new fiscal year with more spending, school funding
Reuters
Days before most U.S. states' new fiscal year begins, 40 states have passed budgets that boost spending and dedicate extra funding primarily for education, according to a brief by the National Association of State Budget Officers. But in many states spending increases and tax cuts are not as dramatic as their governors proposed this winter, due to softer-than-expected revenue, NASBO found. Typically, governors suggest budgets in January that legislatures use as starting points to negotiate.More