NAPT MultiView News Brief
Sept. 1, 2009

Schools Can Do Better With Less Money
from Christian Science Monitor
When Alberto Carvalho took charge of Miami-Dade County Public Schools last September, his first goal was to scour the district's nearly $5.5 billion budget to find money for teacher raises, which had been on hold because of state funding cuts.More

Michigan Proposal Cuts Funding for School Bus Checkups
from Detroit Free Press
A proposal to cut $1.4 million for school bus inspections could leave some districts in the lurch, state and local officials say.More

School Bus Fee Sparks Debate
In order to achieve cost efficiencies, the school board in Canada has approved new walk limits for students using the school bus service. The school district students will not have to pay user fees for school buses or have routes and ridership limited as cost-saving measures.More

Back on the Bus
from The Washington Post
There is a new generation of bus riders traveling between Washington and New York, and these are some of their faces: an FBI lawyer, a Northwestern University undergraduate, a Brooklyn uncle, a government consultant, a preschool teacher from California and a London lad working at a summer camp in New Jersey.More

TSA May Hand Cash Rewards to Tipsters About Crimes
from Government Security News
TSA is considering a program under which it would give cash rewards to individuals who provide it with key information about crimes or transportation security violations.More

School Bus Policy Creates Headaches for Parents Who Share Custody
from Ottawa Citizen
Andrea Lapierre wants the Ottawa Catholic School Board to update its busing policy to accommodate divorced parents like her who share custody of their children. Otherwise, her 12-year-old daughter Zoe will have no school bus service on the weeks she is at her mother's house.More

Governors Highway Safety Association Backs Texting Ban
from Newsvine
The Governors Highway Safety Association had come out against new laws banning texting behind the wheel on the grounds that such legislation would prove impossible to enforce. "Highway safety laws are only effective if they can be enforced and if the public believes they will be ticketed for not complying," GHSA Chairman Vernon F. Betkey Jr. said in July.More

Who Speaks Best for Matthew?
from The Washington Post
Jacqueline Simchick's was handed her a court summons for failing to educate her son. Simchick had taken 14-year-old Matthew out of public school that summer, after five years in a program for mentally disabled students; he could say only a dozen words and could not count past six.More

Return of Swine Flu: What's Ahead for Americans?
from Denver Post
Get ready. With flu's favorite chilly weather fast approaching, we're going to be a sick nation this fall. The big unknown is how sick. One in five people infected or a worst case—half the population? The usual 36,000 deaths from flu or tens of thousands more? The World Health Organization predicts that within two years, nearly one-third of the world's population will have caught it. More

Video Dramatization Shows Deadly Consequences of Texting and Driving
from Computer World
As experts prepare for summit on distracted driving, debate ensues over whether videos, laws and technology can be effective.More

A Safe Way to Drive and Text? One Man Hopes So
from The Washington Post
Matt Howard, a software entrepreneur, last year almost became a member of the American mobile society who killed someone. Being a software guy, he thought there had to be a software answer. When he couldn't find anything, Matt decided to make it himself.More

Zonar Systems Endows Ten Scholarships for 2009 NAPT Annual Conference
from NAPT
The National Association for Pupil Transportation is pleased to announce that Zonar Systems has graciously donated ten scholarships for attendance to the 2009 NAPT Annual Summit to be held in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 31 to Nov. 5.More