NAPT MultiView News Brief
Aug. 24, 2010

U.S. Department of Education continues work after first-ever federal summit on bullying
U.S. Department of Education
Though the first-ever federal National Summit on Bullying may be over, the real work continues. The launch of a new website,, allows for an easy, more centralized and accessible "one stop" site for federal resources on bullying, and a reinvigorated Office for Civil Rights means complaints of bullying and harassment will be vigorously investigated. In addition, the collaboration between federal agencies--the departments of Education, Justice, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Defense and Interior — will continue.More

Federal education report reveals major school safety budget cuts
Expert Clip
A new U.S Department of Education report shows the elimination of a major federal school safety grant program, combined with local education budget cuts, has created a 'perfect storm' climate for the upheaval of school violence prevention and security programs, according to Kenneth S. Trump, a national school safety expert.More

City eyes seatbelts on some buses
The Commercial Appeal
If you are the parent of a special-education student in Tennessee's Memphis City Schools, the district may be asking you for permission to harness your child to the bus seat. The district's new school buses do not have safety belts. While law does not require them, special-education buses in Memphis have had seatbelts for years.More

School system implements stricter screening process for bus drivers
The Rockingham County Schools Transportation Department in Virginia is making some changes when it comes to school buses, but these changes involve the person behind the wheel. Jumping off the bus in the afternoon or headed to school early in the morning, Rockingham County parent Alex Fitzgerald says he puts his life in the bus driver's hands each school day.More

Event data recorders used in NHTSA study of Toyotas have history of problems
The Washington Post
A new Toyota Tundra pickup struck an oak tree off a rural road in Washington state in 2007, killing the 29-year-old driver, in what in many ways seemed liked a common sort of tragedy. When this April the driver's parents and a U.S. senator finally prevailed upon Toyota to examine the contents of the truck's crash data recorder, the electronic readings suggested a collision that was far from ordinary. More

Clean diesel, cleaner air
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
In today's politically-charged climate in Washington, D.C., it's rare to find a program that has near universal bipartisan support among Democrats and Republicans. It's also unusual for a policy to bring together environmentalists, industry and government officials for a common cause, much less one that actually provides a $13 to $1 positive return on investment to taxpayers and the federal government. This unique program is called the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act and it was created to improve America's air quality by upgrading and modernizing older diesel engines and equipment through engine replacements and the application of new exhaust emissions filters and catalysts.More

School bus transportation a leaner operation
The News Virginian
As another school year starts this week, area school districts in Virginia continue to operate with a leaner bus transportation system. Those cost savings involve changing bus routes and using central lots for buses and other efficiencies. Assistant Waynesboro Schools Superintendent Vermell Grant said the district found one major fuel-saving idea for its buses by talking to other districts.More

The driver behind the wheel on the bus
The Charlotte Observer
William Bost has been driving with North Carolina's Cabarrus County School District for seven years. He's picked up several school bus competition awards, both locally and internationally, along the way. Bost is so good, he won second in the state this year, earning a spot in the big leagues, The School Bus Driver International Safety Competition.More

Michigan's system of 550 public school districts could save millions with consolidations, but what do we lose?
Michigan Live
School consolidation often raises eyebrows. But being true to our schools comes with a price, and it runs in the millions of dollars. Michigan has 550 public districts — and about 550 superintendents, business managers and transportation directors. Trim that management layer, erase district boundaries and recast administration around county lines, and state taxpayers save $612 million a year after three years — all without closing a school or losing one high school mascot.More

N.J. parents face high costs, chauffeuring children to schools as budgets cut 'courtesy' busing
Christopher Erd walked to school in Cresskill as a boy. Kerry Useche did as well, in New Providence. Yet both Branchburg, New Jersey parents are adamant their own children won't do the same now their school district has cut so-called "courtesy" busing. It's simply too dangerous, they say.More

Timing is everything: How to harness time for business success
Good timing can turn a mediocre product into a breakout success; bad timing can destroy an otherwise successful career. In business, timing is everything. Unfortunately, most people think timing is just like luck. It isn't. Nothing can be further from the truth. It's a critical success factor and you can learn to use it to your advantage… or let it bite you in the you-know-what.More

Social media emerge as digital avenue for emergency response
Federal Computer Week
Many people are now using Facebook postings and Twitter to report emergencies or call for help — and they expect government response agencies to be paying attention, according to a new survey. The American Red Cross' Social Media and Disasters and Emergencies survey of 1,058 adults indicates that 18 percent would turn to digital social media if calls to 911 were unsuccessful.More