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NAPTV takes 'March Madness' to new heights
Last week marked the start of America's most popular college basketball tournament season, otherwise known as March Madness. In the spirit of the occasion, NAPT's Executive Director Mike Martin got caught up in the craziness. Take a look at the latest episode of NAPTV and let us know — is it March Madness or March Sadness?
Want to be a part of the NAPTV team? Send us interesting facts, statistics, or other information connecting the name of each dunk to its relevance in pupil transportation and they might appear in the extended episode to be released April 1 — just in time for the Final Four games. Describe 1 dunk or all 13 — feel free to get creative — and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by this Friday, March 27. When sending in your descriptions, please include your name, district/company, and City/State.
We look forward to your entries!
Check out Featured Sessions at NAPT's 41st Annual Summit
Join your NAPT colleagues and friends this November 7-10 in Richmond, VA for our 41st Annual Summit: Engage. Explore. Empower. Online registration is open!
Again our entire program is designed to advance all professionals in the industry. Take a look at this year's Featured Sessions:
Early Bird Gets the Worm
- General Session — Power Up: Discover the Value of Maximizing Physical Fitness with Siphiwe Baleka, Fitness Trucking
Join your colleagues for this energizing session designed to highlight the value of health and fitness as it relates to increasing safety by reducing risk factors related to obesity, fatigue and accidents.
- Keynote — Vision. Mindset. Grit! with Scott Burrows
In this life-changing keynote, renowned speaker and author Scott Burrows' own riveting story of overcoming incredible physical, personal and professional challenges through sheer determination, will power and goal setting is uplifting and infectious. This session will be in collaboration with our colleagues at National Association for State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS).
- General Session — Federal Issues Forum with the Honorable Chris Hart, NTSB Chairman (Invited) & Mark Rosekind, NHTSA Administrator (Invited)
Spend time with fellow safety advocates, and hear the latest industry updates impacting you and your operation. This session will be in collaboration with our colleagues at National Association for State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS).
- Plus hear industry experts speaking on the latest topics impacting the industry during Breakout and Headliner/Spinoff Sessions.
Register early and save $100! Our full conference rate is only $299 before August 1. Take advantage of this great discount register online today!
Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518.218.0867.
Plan your travel early. Visit the website for hotel information and travel options to and around Richmond, VA.
So, mark your calendar and make plans to be in Richmond, VA November 7-10 for NAPT's 41st Annual Summit: Engage. Explore. Empwer. We look forward to seeing you there!
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NAPT's March webinar is TOMORROW
During this complimentary member webinar, Fighting Complacency: Making the 401st Opening of the Bus Door Different, you'll learn:
- Understanding complacency and its dangers
- How to recognize complacency in yourself and your employees
- Strategies for combating complacency
- And more!
Date & Time: TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 25 @ 1pm ET
Title: Fighting Complacency: Making the 401st Opening of the Bus Door Different
Presenter: Keith Henry, CDPT, Lee's Summit R7 Schools (MO), NAPT President
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members
Save the date!
- April Member Webinar: Wednesday, April 29 @ 1pm ET — Employee Evaluations: Rote Processes or Thoughtful Endeavors? — Click here to register
- May Member Webinar: Wednesday, May 27 @ 1pm ET — Celebrating School Bus Safety: Behind the Scenes of Nat'l School Bus Safety Week — Click here to register
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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 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 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.
Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: Central Power Systems & Services, K100 Fuel Treatment, Robotronics and Zonar. 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.
Central Power Systems & Services (www.cpower.com) professionals are committed to providing superior customer service. CPS&S has long enjoyed steady and significant success in sales, service, and customer service and now positioned itself as a leader in the marketplace. They are the only authorized distributor for Allison Transmissions, Detroit Diesel, MTU and Mercedes engines in Kansas, Missouri and Northern Oklahoma. CPS&S has been serving the Commercial Equipment needs of the lower Midwest region with top quality On-Highway, Industrial and Power Generation products and services since 1954.
K100 Fuel Treatment (www.k-100.com) was invented in the early 1960s by organic chemist Alice Otto and her husband Richard. They ran a small chemical company in Buffalo, NY called Reaction Laboratories that provided boiler water treatment products to a wide variety of boiler operators in Western NY. K100 Fuel Treatments are proprietary formulations of complex engineered organic compounds developed to eliminate water in fuels, remove gums and varnishes and stabilize fuel, add lubricity and corrosion protection and boost cetane/octane ratings. Its ALL- IN ONE Chemistry is all you will need to keep your engines running right.
Robotronics (www.robotronics.com/transportation/index.php) makes it fun to learn about transportation safety. Their product line is designed to help you to reach any audience with a positive message. People are instantly drawn to our robot and costume characters and find it a pleasant experience to interact with them. Children and adults find it easier to communicate with their characters than traditional instructors. There is nothing like the light in a child’s eyes as they learn something new. Their goal is to help bring transportation safety and accident prevention information to the memory of children and adults everywhere.
Zonar (www.zonarsystems.com) was established in 2001 to help fleets improve efficiency and regulatory compliance. The company is now a leading provider of electronic inspection, fleet tracking, telematics and transportation management systems. Zonar built the first Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report (EVIR) system revolutionizing how pre- and post-trip inspections, mandated by state and federal law, are conducted by commercial and private fleets. Today, it has grown into a comprehensive high-return telematics platform providing an expansive set of solutions that remains simple to use.
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County bus replacement needs in the millions
A quarter of the school buses in Augusta County are more than 15 years old, exceeding what is considered to be the maximum life of a bus. Although there is no hard or fast rule, school buses should be retired after 15 years, according to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services. At a certain point, operating older buses leads to a loss in investment, according to a study by the association. "It is widely accepted that it is more costly to operate and maintain older school buses than newer school buses," the study states.
Minnesota school bus safety bill aims to protect students
Former school teacher, now Republican lawmaker, Rep. Dean Urdahl, of Grove City filed a bill to increase fines and penalties for drivers who pass or attempt to pass a school bus in a motor vehicle when a child is outside the bus. "The purpose is to try to help with a little more safety for our students when around school buses," Rep. Urdahl said. In Minnesota, school buses make at least 10,000 trips daily picking up kids. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, in the past five years, there were 533 school bus crashes, resulting in seven deaths and 211 injuries to those involved.
GPS bus tracking saves money, improves student safety
Close to 1,400 CMS school buses are being tracked every day with GPS technology. The tracker isn't much bigger than the textbooks in your kids' backpack. CMS says as small as they may be, their GPS trackers are making a big difference in cost-savings and student safety. "It was 1.5 million dollars we saved the very first year, and it was all because of efficiency," Kevin Devore, a transportation manager for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. As the routing and scheduling manager, Devore has seen the difference the technology from Synovia Solutions can make. He said specifically they've been able to cut down the miles each bus travels, thanks to the tracker's ability to recognize stops where students aren't being picked up.
Senate budget blueprint thin on education policy, funding details
Senate Republicans unveiled their fiscal year 2016 budget proposal — and, similar to the one released yesterday by their GOP colleagues in the House, it's short on education specifics. Like the House budget proposal, the Senate's would fund the federal government to the tune of $493 billion, keeping in place the across-the-board spending caps, known as the sequester, to which the president's proposed budget does not adhere. And, like the House plan, it would make even steeper cuts for non-defense discretionary funding beginning fiscal 2017.
Zeroing out zero tolerance
Recently, New York City's Department of Education, under Chancellor Carmen Fariña, called for an end to principal-led school suspensions without prior approval — a practice that grew in popularity during the Bloomberg years as part of a focus on "broken windows," or small crimes that herald disorder. And the Los Angeles Unified School District made a similar move two years ago, when it banned suspensions for "willful defiance," punishment that had a disproportionate impact on students of color. These large cities are at the vanguard of a shift away from zero-tolerance school discipline toward less punitive strategies that emphasize talking it out and resolving disputes among students to keep them in school.
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Changes to transportation bill could mean an end to back to school tax free holiday
Georgia needs $1 billion more every year to maintain it's roads, but people living in Augusta said they already pay a tax for that. "That's backwards," Olivia Harrison said. "Why would I give more money when I'm already giving money to Georgia? I don't understand." And Georgia lawmakers agree, so they're finding other ways to get that money, but that could mean an end to the annual back to school tax-free holiday.
Town wants parents to pay for school transportation
Parents in Bellingham, Rhode Island, will have to start paying for their children to ride the school bus next year. Citing rising transportation costs and low bus enrollment, school officials announced that the district will implement a pay-to-ride service beginning next September. The plan is to charge students in kindergarten through Grade 7 who live less than two miles from their child's school, as well as children in Grades 8-12 regardless of where they live.
Highway Patrol conducts annual school bus safety checks
Students aren't the only ones being put through exams. Each year, school buses throughout the Heartland go through an extensive review to ensure the safety of its passengers. The Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted their annual school bus safety check at the Weber Bus Company, in Kirksville, on Friday, March 13.
Better breakfast, better grades
Medical News Today
A new study from the University of Iowa reinforces the connection between good nutrition and good grades, finding that free school breakfasts help students from low-income families perform better academically. The study finds students who attend schools that participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's School Breakfast Program have higher achievement scores in math, science, and reading than students in schools that don't participate. "These results suggest that the persistent exposure to the relatively more nutritious breakfast offered through the subsidized breakfast program throughout elementary school can yield important gains in achievement," says researcher David Frisvold, assistant professor of economics in the Tippie College of Business.
Arne Duncan: School funding inequality makes education 'separate and unequal'
The Huffington Post
Many school systems remain "fundamentally separate and unequal," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday, with 23 states spending more per pupil in affluent school districts than they do in high-poverty districts. What's more, Duncan said on a call with reporters, the inequality may be getting worse. Duncan alluded to Republican-backed efforts to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act, which he said would give even more money to well-off school districts at the expense of struggling districts. In February, House Republicans proposed the Student Success Act as a rewrite of No Child Left Behind.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition,
by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $19.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $29.99, plus shipping.
To order your copy, please email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new Certification in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) click here.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition contains new and updated information, including 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.
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