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Oct. 14, 2014

Remembering Don Carnahan
For those interested in sending flowers or cards of condolence to Don Carnahan's family, please send them to the care of the Greenwood Memorial Park Funeral Home for delivery by Friday, October 17.

Many thanks to all of you for your kind words and remembrances of Don; they are very much appreciated by his family and loved ones.

NAPT will be honoring Don during our Annual Summit next month in Kansas City, MO.More

NAPT Summit, come for the day!
Make the trip to Kansas City, MO on Tuesday, November 11 and join your colleagues for NAPT's Annual Summit. One-day registration is only $125 ... Register today! Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518.218.0867.

Spend the day with NAPT and see just how we continue Driving Innovation!

Hotel Information
Reservations can still be made at the following hotels: 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

NAPT launches expanded LED Program
For nearly a decade, NAPT's Leading Every Day (LED) project has been supporting and developing world-class professionals and leaders in the school transportation industry. Now, NAPT is pleased to launch an expanded LED initiative that you can access anywhere — even on your phone or tablet! Online registration is open!

NAPT's 2015 Leading Every Day Institute has been designed to help you take your career to new heights! Guest Lecturer, George Pitagorsky, PMP, will teach you his Optimal Performance Program, which is about project management & long term process initiatives that focus on improving behavioral skills. Click here for additional program details.

Join your colleagues for a comprehensive leadership program in 2015 — registration is open!More

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Chronic absenteeism can devastate K-12 learning
Education Week (commentary)
Warning systems exist to keep us out of harm's way. The car's dashboard light warns of low tire pressure; the urgent weather bulletin advises us to evacuate ahead of a storm. We are conditioned to take these warnings seriously and act upon them. Now, just weeks into the new school year, another warning system is sending a message to parents and educators: the early signs of chronically absent students.More

Why schools should screen their students' mental health
Schools should be a first line of defense for catching young people at risk for mental health issues from depression to ADHD, a pair of new reports says. Kids and adolescents spend a significant amount of their time in school, yet providing mental health screenings and care is not an overarching requirement for many schools. "We need to think about how to embed mental health services so they become part of the culture in schools," says study author Dr. Mina Fazel, a child psychiatrist at the University of Oxford. "It will take a commitment from health and education."More

Florida's shrinking workforce
Florida has gone through some big changes in the past decade and it's been affecting how well the state functions. After years of job cuts in the state's public sector, Florida's state government is now operating with a lot fewer people. Even as the economy rebounds, state government isn't growing with it. In turn, state agencies have been under fire for not carrying out important functions effectively, which includes important work like helping vulnerable populations and protecting our natural resources.More

Chronic absenteeism can devastate K-12 learning
Education Week (commentary)
Warning systems exist to keep us out of harm's way. The car's dashboard light warns of low tire pressure; the urgent weather bulletin advises us to evacuate ahead of a storm. We are conditioned to take these warnings seriously and act upon them.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

School visitor management systems
District Administration Magazine
School visitors are no longer just writing their names in a notebook when they sign in. Districts are now scanning fingerprints and eyes to check if a visitor or contractor has a criminal record. The new methods not only provide background checks, but can also track how many times someone has visited a school, says Rick Hagan, CEO of Ident-A-Kid Services of America, a visitor-management software company. Districts can install computerized, self-service check-in kiosks that can prevent entry to a building or have an aide use visitor management software to register guests.More

Easton Area School Board president would scrap bus cameras in favor of elementary guards
The Express-Times
If the Easton Area School District has to choose between security cameras on buses and security guards in the elementary schools, the school board president would choose security guards. The school district's chief operating officer in September recommended spending $142,000 on new cameras to replace the ones falling apart in the school district's bus fleet. At the school board meeting Oct. 7, board President Frank Pintabone said he feels the money would be better spent on security guards.More

Which are the most educated cities in the US — and why?
By Archita Datta Majumdar
As education policies are being reviewed across the country, a recent survey shows us the most educated cities in the U.S. and their not-so-fortunate counterparts. It presents a clear picture of which states and schools districts have been more focused and whose efforts have paid off. The final picture depicts Ann Arbor, home of University of Michigan, to be the winner. The survey has acted as a wake-up call for many cities and school districts.More

Children with dyslexia can succeed in school
The San Diego Union-Tribune
It's the most common learning disability, affecting roughly 1 in 10 Americans and 20 percent of school-age children. Yet in many cases, it goes largely undiagnosed. It's dyslexia, a language-based learning disability that results in problems with accurate or fluent word recognition, poor reading and decoding abilities. If left undetected, it can lead to frustration with school or low self-esteem. And while there's no "cure" for the condition, there are treatments that can allow those who have it to function as well others.More

International Walk to School Day promotes fitness, safety
The Washington Post
As Oct. 8 dawned, bright and sunny, it was a perfect fall day to walk to school. And that's exactly what hundreds of Prince William County, Virginia, children did — joined by some special escorts. Students from about 30 schools across the county participated in International Walk to School Day on as part of an effort to promote physical fitness and safe routes to school. Fire and rescue personnel joined students, parents and community leaders in many neighborhoods for their walks.More

New research suggests repeating elementary school grades — even kindergarten — is harmful
The Hechinger Report
The already muddy research on whether it's better to hold back struggling students or promote them to the next grade just got muddier. A new study, "The Scarring Effects of Primary-Grade Retention? A Study of Cumulative Advantage in the Educational Career," by Notre Dame sociologist Megan Andrew, published Sept. 26, in the journal Social Forces is an empirically solid analysis that adds more weight to those who say retention — what education wonks call repeating a grade — is ultimately harmful.More

Plainville police use video cameras to enforce school bus safety rules
Hartford Courant
Who would drive past a stopped school bus? After all, it puts children in danger, it's against the law and carries a $465 fine. Police Chief Matthew Catania figured there would be only a few violators each month, but that's not what police started seeing in September when they started checking surveillance videos from cameras mounted on some school buses. "The number of violations we're seeing is amazing," Catania said "Ten some days. I never would have thought it. We want people to realize the law requires them to stop. We would rather have compliance instead of needing enforcement."More

How stress affects the brain during learning
A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. More