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NAPT Announces Online PDS Program — Special Introductory Offer!


NAPT is pleased to announce the release of PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources: Employee Relations, the initial public offering of the NAPT Professional Development Series online. Managing Human Resources: Employee Relations offers a practical overview of human resource management for pupil transportation managers and supervisors, focusing on employee evaluation, training and discipline. This course also covers the "how to" of developing accurate job descriptions.

Be among the first to try NAPT's training online and get a special introductory price of just $40 for this course. Our nationally renowned professional development doesn't get much easier or more cost effective than this! For just $40 you can buy it, learn it and print the course completion certificate to prove you know it — whenever you want.

To sign up, please visit www.napt.org/online and click on Online PDS.

When there, add the course to your shopping cart, and you will be taken to an external website for payment processing. Please make sure you enter the e-mail address where you'd like to receive your login information. Creating your account may take up to 24 hours.

Watch for more course release announcements because NAPT and our project partner School Training Solutions™ will be rolling out new courses in NAPT Professional Development Series every month this year. When we're done, there will be nearly 40 different classes for you to choose. And non-members won't always get special pricing like this. So don't wait; try the first course today.

For more information on the NAPT PDS Program, NAPT Professional Certification and other NAPT Member benefits, visit us online at www.napt.org. For information about School Training Solutions, please visit www.schooltrainingsolutions.com.

Look for these new NAPT online courses coming this month!

202 — Presentation Skills
This course will help you to prepare and plan a presentation, reduce presentation anxiety, create openers and maintain interest, use visual aids, handle questions, present a polished appearance and offer material in a professional manner. This course is highly recommended for all transportation personnel who present safety lessons or do training.

204 — Team Communication Strategies
This session will help you identify and understand your communication style, learn how to improve communication and teamwork among staff, learn how to clarify responsibilities, run productive team meetings, relay progress reports to a team and celebrate successes. This course is a must for all transportation managers.

205 — Managing the Media
This informative course will provide the fundamental skills needed to successfully prepare for interacting with the media. Basic principles for managing the media ranging from what is news and the importance of working with the media to media interaction guidelines will be discussed.

606 — Emergency Planning & Risk Management
This workshop is designed to help transportation professionals identify and manage risk. The course covers risk management policy, risk management procedures and the elements of training to avoid risk. There is a special section on emergency planning and crisis management.


Cook-Illinois Corporation Among Greenest in Country
Cook-Illinois Corporation was the first in Illinois to switch to biodiesel fuel, create a clean air museum for kids and purchase a hybrid school bus. Check us out at: www.cookillinois.com. MORE


INDUSTRY NEWS


State revenue up, $10 million more in school transportation money released
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AudioBrief State revenue is up more than 6 percent this year, prompting Missouri’s governor to release another $10 million in school transportation funding. Fueled by strong growth in corporate and individual income taxes as well as a slight uptick in sales tax collections, state revenue has grown 6.3 percent. State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the brighter revenue picture made Gov. Jay Nixon comfortable enough to release another $10 million to offset the cost of running buses in local school districts. "Since we're a little bit ahead, the first place that the governor wanted to provide more money was to schools, and so he's providing this additional 10 million because of that slightly better than anticipated news," Luebbering tells Missourinet. More

Study puts spotlight on red-light cameras
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The national debate over red light cameras is heating up again as a new analysis from a traffic safety group argues that the controversial devices saved 159 lives in 14 cities during a five-year period. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says red-light cameras reduced the rate of fatal red-light running by 24 percent from 2004 to 2008. Had the cameras been installed in all U.S. cities with populations above 200,000, 815 deaths would have been prevented, says the Insurance Institute, a group funded by auto insurers that aims to reduce deaths, injuries and property damage caused by crashes on the nation's roads. More

Grassroots efforts continue seeking to end distracted driving
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Occasionally on Fastlane, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood likes to highlight grassroots safety efforts around the country to congratulate the people making a difference in their communities. "I have been particularly amazed by the groundswell of efforts by ordinary citizens of all ages and walks of life who have joined our fight to stop distracted driving," LaHood recently wrote in the Fastlane blog. "From Texas to Wisconsin and Idaho to Florida, they are doing incredible work to keep their fellow Americans safe on our roadways. In Texas, renowned cartoonist Clyde Peterson's simple campaign to get drivers to stop texting in Houston school zones has grown into a full-fledged effort to ban texting throughout the state." More



US proposes EOBRs for all interstate trucks
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently proposed a regulation that would require interstate truck and bus companies to install electronic onboard recorders in vehicles to monitor drivers' hours of service. The rule would apply to all companies that are currently required to use logbooks to record compliance under federal hours-of-service regulations, DOT said. "This proposal would make our roads safer by ensuring that carriers traveling across state lines are using EOBRs to track the hours their drivers spend behind the wheel," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. More

Buses fastest growing form of intercity travel
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Buses were the fastest growing mode of intercity transportation in the USA last year, outpacing rail and air travel, thanks largely to the expansion of "curbside operators" such as BoltBus and Megabus, according to researchers at DePaul University in Chicago. Intercity bus operations overall expanded by 6 percent in 2010, while curbside operators — which don't run out of established terminals but pick up and drop off passengers at curbside — grew by 23.9 percent, says the study by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul. More

DOT takes action to help small and disadvantaged businesses rev up their engines
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With the nation's economic recovery advancing, it is more important than ever to fire up America's small and disadvantaged businesses. And the Department of Transportation is working to make sure that's a natural part of how they do business. Recently, DOT's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program issued a final rule that will help small and disadvantaged businesses gain greater access to federally funded highway, transit and airport projects. But this action goes further than just increasing access to opportunities. More

SPECIAL NEEDS - New Driver Training Course

Transporting students with SPECIAL NEEDS requires a well trained special kind of driver. Finally, a comprehensive course aimed solely at the drivers is now available. Learn more at www.schoolbussafetyco.com and request a free demo disk.
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Is a vehicle mileage tax coming to a state near you?
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There's plenty of reasons to be excited about the sudden, meteoric rise of EVs and ultra-fuel-efficient hybrids — with gas prices showing no sign of decreasing, fuel supplies showing equally no sign of increasing, and carbon emissions showing the polar opposite of a decrease, we should be thrilled to see momentum building for a drastic change in the way we get from home to work and everywhere in between. Still, one glaring question lives amid all the hype and celebration: If the gas tax pays for America's roads, and that gas tax already barely is covering the costs of said roads, what will happen when more and more drivers start buying less and less gas? More

Bridgestone sets 12 percent increase in truck tire prices
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Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions said it is boosting prices of its Bridgestone and Firestone brand truck and bus radial tires by 12 percent, effective immediately. The company, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, said that "unavoidable" increases were a result of "severely escalating raw material costs, as well as energy and other costs related to manufacturing." More

Third-grade student speaks out against his bully during February's bullying prevention month
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February is bullying prevention awareness month for Richmond County Schools in Augusta, Ga. The school board's Anti Bullying Task Force, which has been operating since the start of the school year, is raising awareness this February through seminars and helping parents spot trouble signs. Public safety has responded to well over 50 cases of bullying since the start of the school year, but the actual number could be higher since bullying goes unreported by many students. It can start the minute your kids step out the door to catch the bus. 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 non-member 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 e-mail 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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