New Year's resolutions
Every year, thousands of people make New Year's resolutions. Here's why you should too: research shows that people who explicitly make resolutions are far more likely to attain their goals than people who don't.
While just 75 percent of people who make resolutions maintain their commitments past the first week, 64 percent maintain their commitments for at least one month and 46 percent are still following through six months later. Say what you will about New Year's resolutions, but they motivate people and produce results.
So here is a resolution I'd like you to make this year: I will join NAPT and volunteer to be on one or more of its committees. Every successful organization needs members, now more than ever. We're no different than anyone else. Members, especially in today's tough times, determine whether a nonprofit organization like NAPT survives or thrives. Put simply, our members are our backbone, the true strength of our association, especially those who are active volunteers.
Please join us — or renew your membership — and volunteer to be on one or more of our committees. It will help us continue to remain focused on our mission, which is and will remain CLEAR — Communication, Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Resources for a strong and sustainable pupil transportation industry.
New school bus law to go into effect Jan. 1
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State officials say new legislation going into effect on Jan. 1 will vastly improve school bus safety by imposing stricter alcohol and drug testing guidelines for drivers, but it's unclear yet how the new law will impact local schools. The legislation, Public Act 97-0466, allows a school bus company that has a reasonable suspicion that one of their drivers is under the influence to require that driver to submit to testing before operating a school bus, states a news release from the Secretary of State's Office. More
Report sets forth early learning recommendations
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A comprehensive alignment of preschool through third-grade education is critical in ensuring that children develop a solid foundation in literacy, math and social-emotional skills, according to a new report that offers recommendations for high-quality P-3 initiatives. More
Seat belt rules top list of new laws for 2012
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Passengers sitting in the rear seat of a car better buckle up when traveling in Illinois, under one of more than 200 new laws going into effect. As part of an ongoing, seat belt safety initiative that has become a hallmark of Senate President John Cullerton's lengthy legislative career, Illinois will join 11 states requiring everyone in a vehicle to wear seat belts. House Bill 219 makes failing to wear a belt in the rear seat a "primary offense," meaning police can pull over a car for that reason alone. More
School bus safety tips
In addition to ensuring the attainment of learning for all students, the Vernon Township School District in New Jersey is committed to providing a safe environment for students both during the school day and when transporting children to and from school. With the arrival of winter weather imminently approaching, the Vernon School District would like to remind the community at-large of the importance of winter safety for both student drivers and students who ride the bus. More
Bus drivers may face new rest rules following truckers, pilots
U.S. bus operators may face new limits on drivers' work hours, after the Department of Transportation released revised rules for truckers and airline pilots. The agency is seeking public comment and data on driving time and its association with safety as it considers new rules, according to a notice set for publication in the Federal Register. Bus companies operate differently from trucking companies, requiring the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to gather separate data, the notice said. More
10 education predictions for 2012
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Larry Ferlazzo, who teaches English at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., is a member of the Teacher Leaders Network and a blogger reveals education predictions for 2012. More
Wireless communication and traffic safety
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Firearms enthusiasts like to say that guns don't kill people; people do. They also claim, arguably, that more guns in law-abiding hands will lead to less violent crime. Similarly, smartphones don't cause traffic fatalities, but people using them unwisely sure do. On the other hand, "smartcar" wireless technology may eventually make vehicle crashes a thing of the past. The National Transportation Safety Board raised hackles with a unanimous recommendation that states prohibit all use of wireless devices behind the wheel, hand-held or not. More
Cellphone restrictions now in effect
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
Survey finds education grantmakers getting more strategic in 2011
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Philanthropies maintained consistent funding levels for education during 2011, on average, but were more strategic and deliberate with dollars, according to a new report on trends in education philanthropy. The latest edition of the annual report requires Adobe Acrobat Reader was produced by grantmakers in Education, a Portland, Ore.-based membership association of 280 public and private philanthropic organizations that fund education. The association assessed 2011 trends and changes in education funding based on survey responses from 184 members varying in size and type. More