NAPT MultiView News Brief
Nov. 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


We at NAPT hope you have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday! More

First graduates of Special Needs Training Program
NAPT
Congratulations to the following individuals who are the first to complete the Special Needs Training (SNT) Program!

J. Renee Davis, Cypress, Texas
Nancy Kessler Houston, Texas
Marisa Weisinger, Houston, Texas

Thirty people participated in this new and unique program offered at the 2010 NAPT SUMMIT in Portland, Ore. The program is open to everyone and features a core curriculum of 24 hours of education in a variety of different settings, including a school bus "roadeo" and a trade show of school transportation products and services. The core curriculum is also supplemented by eight hours of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series. The syllabus has been specifically designed to increase your knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.

For more information on the SNT Program please visit the NAPT website at www.napt.org or click here.More

Summit presentation download
NAPT
Pictured: Kevin Jennings, Assistant Secretary of Education and Director of the U.S. Education Department's Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools
Creating an Environment Where Everyone Can Learn: Addressing Bullying and Harassment in Our Schools
Did you enjoy the presentations at the 2010 NAPT Summit in Portland? Would you like access to them? Or, were you unable to attend and would like to see (at your leisure) what you missed?

We have 21 power point presentations available on our website (www.napt.org). The link is right on the home page. You'll need to log in to the members only section and then you'll find the presentations listed chronologically as they were given. View the concepts and useful information that made the event a success and that may help improve your operation, as well. (Who says you can't take it with you?)

Thank you to all the speakers who provided this information.More

'Faces of Distracted Driving' web video series tells the stories behind the statistics
Department of Transportation Fastlane
Recently, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced "Faces of Distracted Driving," a new online video series featuring people from across the country who have been injured or lost loved ones to distracted driving. Just last year, nearly 5,500 people were killed and 500,000 more were injured in distracted driving-related crashes. But, these aren't statistics. They're children and parents, neighbors and friends.More

Anti-bullying Bill of Rights sails through New Jersey Assembly, Senate education committees
The Star-Ledger
Sponsors of the bill — which cleared the Assembly and Senate education committees recently — said it would give New Jersey the most comprehensive anti-bullying law in the nation. It would require training for most public school teachers, administrators and other employees on how to spot bullying and mandate all districts form a "school safety team" to review complaints. School districts would be graded by the state on their efforts to combat the problem. More

Tax reform proposal supportive of transportation infrastructure
Pit & Quarry
The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, the deficit commission, released a proposed tax reform plan recently, highlighting the need to invest in transportation infrastructure that would promote economic growth and keep America competitive. The proposal includes a gradual increase up to 15 cents per gallon in the gasoline user fee beginning in 2013. It would be dedicated to ensuring that the trust funds are fully funded, eliminating the need for further general fund bailouts.More

Bill to allow ads on school buses passes state Senate committee
Fair Lawn Patch
A bill that would allow school districts like Fair Lawn, N.J. to sell advertisements on the sides of school buses passed the state Senate Education Committee recently. The purpose of the bill is to provide an additional source of revenue for school districts in the wake of deep budget cuts. Advertising on school buses is currently illegal.More

Biden boasts about curbs on stimulus fraud, abuse
USA Today
Openness and a focus on preventing fraud have helped ensure that fraud and abuse of stimulus spending has been kept "to a surprisingly low level," Vice President Biden said recently. Biden told federal fraud investigators meeting here this week that they've built "an exceptionally well-lit house" that burglars don't want to break in to. "Remember what critics were saying in the beginning? Go back and Google it. They said there's no way this can be done without massive fraud," Biden said. "I stand before you today to say firmly, our critics were wrong because of you."More

Ed tech can help cut costs
eSchool News
Education Secretary Arne Duncan told school officials recently to look at saving money in their districts by increasing productivity. Duncan spoke at an American Enterprise Institute event called "Bang for the Buck in Schooling," and he warned that schools will "have to face the challenge of doing more with less." "It's time to start treating the problem of productivity as an opportunity," said Duncan. He called the current crisis affecting school budgets "the new normal," suggesting that education leaders should get used to tighter school budgets and should adjust their practices accordingly.More

Facing scrutiny, officials defend airport pat downs
The New York Times
The official subject of a recent hearing was screening air cargo, but senators seemed equally interested in hearing about a new procedure for airline passengers that involves a full-body pat down. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut and chairman of the homeland security committee, asked John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration, to explain why he believed the new pat-down procedures were "justified." Mr. Pistole said that while "reasonable people can disagree as to what that proper balance or blend is between privacy and security safety," he believed that "everybody who gets on a flight wants to be reassured that everybody else around them has been properly screened." More

Oberstar calls for one-year highway bill extension
Fleet Owner
In one of his last press conferences as chairman of the House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, outgoing Congressman James Oberstar called for at minimum a one-year extension of the current highway bill if full six-year reauthorization cannot be achieved by the end of this year. "My recommendation is that we pass a one-year extension rather than these 'month to month' bills meant to 'hold people's feet to the fire.' These are just not reasonable," he said during an "exit roundtable" held with reporters in the Rayburn Office Building in Washington, D.C.More

Seat belt Laws in America
The Auto Insurance
New Hampshire stands alone. The tiny state is the only one in the country that does not have a law requiring adults to buckle their seat belts while driving. In other more pliant states, though, motorists need to wear their seat belts or face sometimes heavy fines. And drivers are also responsible for protecting their children, too, in the majority of states.More

Achieving traffic safety goals in the United States: Lessons from other nations
Transportation Research Board
TRB has released the prepublication version of Special Report 300 — Achieving Traffic Safety Goals in the United States: Lessons from Other Nations. The report explores the reasons why several high-income nations have achieved better highway safety records than the United States and recommends best practices from abroad that would fit in the U.S. context. The report examines traffic safety program management practices, risk reduction techniques, and the sources of public and political support for safety interventions.More

Captive audience: Has advertising in school gone too far
TIME
Imagine you're a seventh-grader walking to social-studies class. In the hallway, you pass a row of lockers plastered with a giant ad for a supermarket. At lunch in the cafeteria, you sit at a table adorned with characters from an upcoming kids' movie. You ride home on a school bus emblazoned with an ad for a bank and hand your parents a permission slip, for a field trip,that includes an unrelated promo for a department store. Children and their parents — two of America's most valuable demographics — are used to seeing ads during cartoons, on cereal boxes. But parents can always turn off the tube or buy less advertising-laden brands.More