NAPT MultiView News Brief
Nov. 20, 2012

2011 NAPT keynote speaker launching executive training program in January
Mark Aesch, whose inspiring keynote speech at the 37th Annual NAPT Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio, about the importance of performance measurement in the public sector launched the NAPT KPI project, is going to begin in January 2013 a year-long leadership training program for mid- and upper-level managers. According to Aesch, the principles of his best-selling book Driving Excellence, which has been published in nine countries and was ranked No. 1 on Amazon for new business releases, are going to be taught as 12 separate 90-minute webinars featuring a guest coach for each principle, a 2 star General for courage and the founder of ESPN for building a business plan, for example. Aesch is doing the project in very small eight-person cohorts because he wants the groups to be "intimate and sharing". "We are filling up the groups over the next month," he said.

NAPT members, particularly participants in NAPT's Leading Every Day Initiative, interested in learning more about the project are encouraged to review the attached flyer and contact Aesch for pricing and availability. 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 upon 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 three of 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. You never know, you may find just the solution you are looking for.

Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: Bus Bulletin Inc., Donaldson Co. and Innovative Transportation Solutions. 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.

Bus Bulletin offers a rapid, web-based communication system to alert parents, students and school administrators of bus delays; Donaldson delivers verified retrofit solutions that reduce engine emissions working within regulations, budgets and fleet size; and Innovative Transportation this Texas-based organization provides professional development, technical assistance and economical products to districts and businesses.More

Loose ends to drive second term education agenda
The Associated Press via The Miami Herald
Loose ends and thorny partisan issues that have long dogged attempts to move forward on education await the next Congress as President Barack Obama's second term begins. Soaring campaign-year aspirations to close the achievement gap and boost college graduation rates to the highest in the world may have to fall back to earth — at least temporarily — as lawmakers and Obama tackle a number of gritty funding-related issues that just can't wait.More

NTSB urges safety technologies be made standard
The Wichita Eagle
The government should require automakers to make the latest collision prevention technologies standard equipment on all new cars and trucks, a move that could reduce fatal highway accidents by more than half, federal accident investigators recently said. The technologies include lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and electronic stability control.More

LA Unified student stores feed appetite for alternative lunches
Los Angeles Times
Unlike the Los Angeles Unified School District's cafeterias, which are managed by its food services department, the more than 160 student stores on middle and high school campuses have a bit more autonomy. For students, the stores provide an alternative to the cafeteria food one sophomore described as "meh" and a junior called "crazy healthy." The district is attempting to market its food options as best it can. A few weeks ago, for example, officials invited a group of elementary school students and their parents to a meal — served on china — with former White House chef Walter Scheib. If they can convince young students that healthful options are cool, the district reasons, perhaps the message will catch. Before asking the group to pledge to curb junk food and eat more healthfully, Scheib acknowledged how hard it can be. "It's like stopping smoking," he said. "It's an ugly and brutal process."More

Bus, train crash in Egypt kills 51 — mostly children
A train recently collided with a school bus in Egypt, killing 51 people and injuring 17, according to the health ministry. Barriers at the train crossing were not down when the train struck the bus, according to Alaa Mamoud, a spokesman for the interior ministry. Police are investigating the worker on duty.More

Students practice bus evacuations using safety bus
Oswego County Today
Students at Sandy Creek Elementary School in Sandy Creek, N.Y., recently practiced emergency evacuation procedures using the South Jefferson Transportation Department’s Safety Bus. The students in Pre-K through fifth grades were assisted by staff members as they escaped the bus through the emergency roof hatch and emergency window exits. These practice drills are important preparations in the event of a bus accident which prevents escaping through the front or rear doors.More

Big Brother, mom and dad are watching you in Dubai: Trackers fitted to children
Al Bawaba
Children in Dubai who catch the bus to school could soon be carrying satellite tracking devices so that parents and the authorities know where they are. The personal tracking cards will alert a control center when the children get on or off a school bus and moms and dads will be able to log on to a computer to check thier location.More

Gay students find safe haven at specialty school
USA Today
When bullying endangers students or causes them to drop out, advocates say programs like Q High can keep children safe and on track academically.More

LaHood: Florida needs distracted driving law
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood recently told attendees at the first Florida Distracted Driving summit that Florida needs to pass a distracted driving law. "Three thousand people were killed and 416,000 injured due to distracted driving car crashes last year, and people are still stupid enough use cellphones while driving," LaHood said. "I am on a mission to get all 50 states to pass legislation to end the dreaded epidemic of distracted driving."More

School officials: Cameras have improved bus safety
Douglas County Sentinel
Both school systems in Carroll County, Georgia, are seeing gains made in bus safety since the implementation of cameras on the sides of school buses. County and city schools installed the bus camera system, known as CrossingGuard, a new technology from Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions, before school started in August. The cameras automatically detect any vehicle that illegally passes a bus with a deployed stop arm in either direction. The camera then captures a 20-second video of the violation and still images of a vehicle's license plate. The violation video and images are then sent to Carrollton Police Department and Carroll County Sheriff's Office for review and approval before a citation is issued.More

AAA forecasts 43.6 million travelers for Thanksgiving
The Hill
The AAA auto club is predicting that 43.6 million people will take trips longer than 50 miles from home for the Thanksgiving holiday. The prediction calls for 39.1 million travelers to take trips by automobile for Thanksgiving, and 3.14 million people to take flights. The number of drivers would be a 0.7 percent increase from the number of people who were on the road for Thanksgiving last year, AAA said. The number of flights would be a decline from 3.2 million last year.More

Addressing bullying: Schoolwide solutions
Education Week
Children have been bullying each other for generations. But for Generation Z, also known as the iGeneration or the Net Generation, the ability to utilize technology to expand their reach — and the extent of their harm — has increased exponentially. Bullying in all forms, face-to-face or via technology, is of course unacceptable, but today's school leaders need to arm themselves with new rules and strategies to address aggressive behaviors that hurt students' well-being, their academic performance and school climates overall.More

School bus drivers to test sobriety sensors
The Record
School bus drivers will soon be road testing a new technology designed to prevent drinking and driving. The pilot project, a partnership between local startups blueRover and Sober Steering Sensors Canada and school bus operator Voyageur Transportation, will see three buses outfitted in a test run that's hailed as a first for North America. Using Sober Steering's chemical sensors built into steering wheels, the system can tell if a driver has been drinking by analyzing their skin. The sensors can be adjusted to whatever standard desired — including zero tolerance for booze.More

Young drivers still texting, surfing the Web
USA Today
Nearly 7 in 10 young drivers still text behind the wheel, and a growing number of them access the Internet on their cellphones while driving, according to a new annual survey by insurance company State Farm.More

More women have driver's licenses than men in US
Daily Herald
Women have passed men on the nation's roads. More women than men now have driver's licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel that transportation researchers say is likely to have safety and economic implications.More

Lafayette to buy 8 propane buses
The Advocate
By early spring, some students in the Lafayette Parish School System of Louisiana will be riding to and from school on more cost-efficient, environmentally friendly buses powered by propane rather than diesel. The School Board approved the purchase of eight new propane-fueled buses at a cost of about $710,000. District transportation director Bill Samec said the buses cost about $88,000 each, which is about $6,000 more than a diesel-powered bus, but the expected annual fuel cost savings makes the extra up-front costs worth it.More

US Department of Transportation announces winner of Distracted Driving Design Challenge
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently unveiled the winning submission in the U.S Department of Transportation's Distracted Driving Design Challenge. The "Text & Wreck" icon was designed by 14-year-old Hah'mari Watson of Sanford, Fla. Created to raise awareness among young drivers about the dangers of texting and cellphone use behind the wheel, the Distracted Driving Design Challenge invited teens to create an original icon with an anti-distracted driving message that could be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other social networking sites. The winning design was selected by Secretary LaHood and will be incorporated into USDOT's distracted driving campaign on