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As 2012 comes to a close, NAPT would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the NAPT Multiview News Brief, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.




Students develop formula, algorithm for school bus routes
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From July 10, 2012: Transportation continues to be a growing cost for area school districts facing annual budget cuts. University of Missouri–St. Louis doctoral candidates Jeremy North and William Ellegood may have just discovered a way to save thousands of dollars on busing and routing for districts. The pair recently won first place at the Graduate School Research Fair for their project "Applying Business Logistic Optimization Modeling to School Bus Routing." More

Why so few walk or bike to school
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From May 22, 2012: What was routine a couple generations ago is now relatively rare. Nearly 50 percent of Americans kids walked or biked to school in 1969. Today the figure is 13 percent. More

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National Transportation Safety Board releases report on fatal school bus accident
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From Feb. 7, 2012: VideoBriefOn August 5, 2010, a four vehicle accident occurs on Interstate 44 in Gray Summit, Mo. Involved in the wreck are a truck tractor, pickup truck and two school buses from the St. James School district. Two teenagers died that day; the driver of the pickup truck and a student on one of the buses. Thirty-eight other people were injured. The National Transportation Safety Board took 17 months to release its final report from its investigation. The NTSB concluded that the wreck likely started because of distracted driving. Investigators believe the driver of the pickup may have been texting while driving. More

Woman who drove around bus speaks
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From Nov. 27, 2012: VideoBriefAn Ohio woman caught on camera driving on the sidewalk to avoid a stopped school bus is speaking out for the first time about her conviction. Recently, lawmakers took a step closer to making the penalties for doing that much stronger. Cleveland city councilman Kevin Conwell, who also heads the council's Safety Committee introduced an emergency ordinance making passing a stopped school bus a more serious offense. "It's the safety of our children, the safety for our children is first thing first and we live through our kids," Conwell told council members. More



Teenager's invention saves fuel for school buses
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From Aug. 21, 2012: Fuel economy is hardly the most popular subject among teenagers, but it's a passion for 17-year-old Jonny Cohen, who's found a way to save schools money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing school bus fuel efficiency. The idea popped into his head on a walk home from school when he was 12. The then-seventh-grader was taking summer classes on aerodynamics at Northwestern University, and it dawned on him there must be a way to streamline the bulky, boxy shape of school buses. More

Motorists still endangering children by passing school buses illegally
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Aug, 21, 2012: Recently, the national association representing state directors of pupil transportation released the results of its second annual survey on illegal passing of school buses. In 28 states throughout the country, about 20 percent of the nation's school bus drivers participated in a one-day survey to report how many times motorists passed their stopped school buses illegally. Nearly 100,000 drivers reported that 88,025 vehicles passed their buses illegally on a single day. Throughout a 180-day school year, these sample results alone point to nearly 16 million violations by private motorists. More


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Cellphone restrictions now in effect
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From Jan. 3, 2012: Interstate truck and bus drivers are prohibited from using handheld cellphones while driving as of Jan. 3 under a final rule posted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Drivers will face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification for multiple offenses. States may suspend a driver's commercial license for multiple convictions of state or local cellphone violations. More

NAPT forms partnership with Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai
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From July 31, 2012: The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority is tapping into the expertise of the National Association for Pupil Transportation to ensure students in the Emirate have world-class school transportation. The two organizations are entering into a formal partnership to share information and experiences, and will co-host a school transportation Summit next spring in Dubai. More

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Student perspective: Hell is my daily school bus ride
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From Oct. 2, 2012: Caitlin Friel, of Central Bucks East High School in Buckingham, Penn., writes, "When most people think of hell, they think of the devil, pitchforks, fiery pits and endless torture. When I think of the accursed place, the first thing that pops into my mind is the zoo that is my school bus." More

FREE bullying prevention training available from NAPT
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From Jan. 31, 2012: As you plan and prepare for this year's in-service (or refresher) training, remember that there are two modules of Bully Prevention/Intervention training — created jointly by NAPT, the United States Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center — available free of charge to school districts across the country. More



Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition, by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $24.99, plus shipping.

Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition contains useful definitions of transportation and related special education terms as well as characteristics of children with special needs and special considerations for transporting children with special needs. This popular publication also explains the legal basis for special needs transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and contains information about new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations.

To order your copy, please email NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin lynn.martin@napt.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.

 
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