NAPT MultiView News Brief
Sep. 23, 2014

NAPT releases survey results
Earlier this year NAPT conducted a comprehensive membership survey, designed to better understand our members' needs. The response rate was tremendous; many thanks to everyone who participated in this important project. Your feedback will help shape the future of NAPT membership benefits, programs, events and policy priorities.

Over the past few months NAPT Board and staff analyzed the results, and are now excited to share them with you. Click here to see the summary. Also, take a look a great article by our friends at School Bus Fleet, which includes a few additional tidbits.

Again, thank you to everyone who responded to the survey. Please don't hesitate to reach out to NAPT headquarters at with any questions or further comment. More

2014 Summit speakers announced!
Be part of this year's 40th Annual Summit and take advantage of a full schedule with dynamic speakers and exciting networking opportunities. Click here to see our full schedule and list of speakers.

Not yet registered for the Summit? Register online today!

Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518.218.0867.

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 online 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. The same reduced NAPT rate of $134/night, plus tax (~$158.33/night).

A small room block is available at the Hotel Philips, less than 1 block from the Marriott. The room rate is $139 + tax. Click here to make reservations.

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

2014 America's Best deadline approaching
With just over 1 week left, now is the time to register for NAPT's America's Best Training & Skills Challenge. Visit our website for more information, and to download registration materials.

Participate in NAPT's annual America's Best Training and Skills Challenge and gain:

Download the registration materials today. For additional information about this year's America's Best event, please contact NAPT's Project Specialist Janna Smeltzer at 800.989.6278 or More

Online registration open for NAPT's LED Program
Join your colleagues for a comprehensive leadership program in 2015 — registration is open!

This year's LED program focuses on Project Management & Long Term Process Initiatives and consists of a series of 6 webinars with our Guest Lecturer, George Pitagorsky, PMP, who will share his Optimal Performance Program. This program covers project management and process improvement with an emphasis on behavioral skills. The webinars will be held at 2pm ET on the second Tuesday of each month. Click here for additional program details. More

Vendor Spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight
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: Child Check-Mate System Inc., Gatekeeper Systems Inc., Rosco Vision Systems, and Woodstock Safety Mirror Co. Inc. Their logos will be posted for the next few weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.

Child Check-Mate System Inc. ( takes its responsibilities seriously. As a safety company, they are strongly committed to the security of Children, and School bus Safety. They believe that people who put safety first don't take second chances when it comes to the selection of a safety product.

Gatekeeper Systems Inc. ( is a leading provider of high resolution video security and safety systems for mobile applications. Their industry-leading Incident Management Software synchronizes real-time video, mapping, audio and vehicle sensors to create a total picture of operations. With these technologies, clients can detect, analyze and respond to safety and security threats anytime.

Rosco Vision Systems ( 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. 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.

Woodstock Safety Mirror Co. Inc. ( was founded in 1999 by Gloria M. Buley, a New York State school bus driver. Determined to expose the “Danger Zone” of a school bus, she designed a stop sign mirror unit for the right side of the bus. This mirror enables the school bus driver to see children who are not always visible to the driver in the “Danger Zone“. The Woodstock Safety Mirror unit also provides an additional stop sign to warn motorists not to pass on the right when children are getting on and off the school bus.More

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Iowa school district outfits buses with WiFi
The Associated Press via KCRG-TV
Cardinal School District students in southern Iowa who take the bus now have something to look forward to on the ride to and from school. The small district in Wapello County has outfitted its buses with high-speed, wireless Internet, Des Moines television station KCCI reported. It's also giving students in grades 6 through 12 tablet computers loaded with educational apps and games.More

Top 15 states for education
Deseret News
According to the Institute of Education Services, there are about 100,000 public schools in the United States as of the 2010-2011 school year, which is a jump from the 85,000 seen in 1980. The Institute also found that there are 3.7 million full-time Wikimedia Commons teachers in the United States, as of fall 2012. This is up from the reported 3.4 million American teachers as reported in 2002, the Institute explained.More

NTSB and NHTSA disagree on school bus seat belts
Kids are back at school and many first-timers are coming home wondering why they don't have to wear seat belts on the school bus. NHTSA and the National Transportation Safety Board seem to disagree on whether they're a good idea. According to, reports suggest that NHTSA has conflicting information on its own website and the reasons for not installing seat belts are pretty specious at this point. Digging a little deeper into the story, you find that government agencies responsible for safety standards can't even agree.More

Iowa school district outfits buses with WiFi
The Associated Press via KCRG-TV
Cardinal School District students in southern Iowa who take the bus now have something to look forward to on the ride to and from school. The small district in Wapello County has outfitted its buses with high-speed, wireless Internet, Des Moines television station KCCI reported. 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. More

City getting 78 new school buses
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Richmond Public Schools is going to replace more than a third of its school buses, beginning the modernization of a fleet that in recent years has grown old, unreliable and expensive to maintain. More

New technology to improve school safety
Wyoming County Report
Technological advances are being used to improve safety throughout Wyoming County schools. "We're beefing up security in several areas," emphasized Frank Blackwell, county schools superintendent. "We continue to hear of these crazy things people are doing in and around schools across the globe. We're doing everything we can do to protect our students," he added. From state-of-the-art cameras to panic buttons to improved communication methods, schools officials are exploring every possibility to increase student protection, Blackwell noted.More

Senate education panel clears education research bill
Education Week
The Senate education committee cleared an education research bill with bipartisan support, altering the House-passed version only slightly before readying it for a full Senate vote. The bill is the product of a bipartisan, bicameral deal, said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee — the second of its kind this week. On Monday, the House passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant under suspension of the rules amid much fist bumping from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.More

Using rubrics to provide more accurate feedback
By: Brian Stack
Teachers, make this your year to make better use of rubrics and a rubric scale for your assignments and your courses. A rubric is a chart that lists the criteria and a variety of levels that describe proficiency for a particular assignment or task. When used correctly, rubrics can greatly improve the accuracy and consistency of a student's grade because they establish clear expectations for students on what they need to do to demonstrate mastery on an assignment or throughout a course.More

District: Battle Ground 'fake bus' part of training exercise
A parent reported on a Facebook page that a school bus not serving the Battle Ground School District in Clark County, Washington, tried to pick up two grade school students, but officials said the bus was operated by a new driver on a training exercise. The students declined the ride, said superintendent Mark Hottowe. The bus pulled away after the children refused and a parent was walking up to the vehicle, he said. The district learned of the incident around noon Monday and sent out a warning to parents.More

Verbal and physical bullying decrease as children age but cyberbullying increases
Medical News Today
As students' age they are verbally and physically bullied less but cyberbullied more, non-native English speakers are not bullied more often than native English speakers and bullying increases as students' transition from elementary to middle school. Those are among the findings of a wide-ranging paper, "Examination of the Change in Latent Statuses in Bullying Behaviors Across Time," recently published in the journal School Psychology Quarterly.More

Schools, dollars and the public trust
Psychology Today (commentary)
Ulrich Boser, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, writes: "Publically funded institutions don't always spend their dollars in effective ways. Just consider the fact that more than a hundred districts in Texas spend more than $500 per student on sports. One district spent more than a $1,000 per student on athletics — or about the cost of a MacBook Air — even while their students performed below average on reading and math tests."More

School bus drivers frustrated with stop-arm violations
A motorcycle was caught on a school bus camera flying low. It was able to scrub off enough speed to avoid striking a student getting off the bus in Pinch, but not enough to avoid blasting thru the flashing dropped stop-arms of the bus. School bus drivers can swear out a criminal complaint against motorists overtaking and passing a stopped school bus picking up or discharging children. It's a power usually reserved for cops.More