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NAPT 2014 Summit online registration open
Happy Anniversary! In 2014 NAPT celebrates our 40th year leading, supporting and developing world-class professionals who provide safe and efficient pupil transportation for our nation's children. Join NAPT November 8-11 in Kansas City, MO for our 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. Register today!
NAPT: Driving Innovation
Committed to promoting and advancing our profession for 40 years, NAPT proudly continues our work to ensure students' safe and efficient transportation to and from school each day. The pinnacle of our year is the Annual Summit. Be there as we look back at 1974, celebrate 40 years of innovating, and shape the future of pupil transportation. This year's entire program is designed to advance all professionals in the industry as we continue Driving Innovation.
2014 brings new features to our Annual Summit. Come to hear industry experts speaking on the latest topics ranging from safety and technology to employee management and budgeting. Take part in our one-day trade show with more than 120 vendors providing the latest in products and services designed to help you perform your job better. For the first time in our 40-year history, participate (or send your technician, trainer and inspector) in the America’s Best Competition during our Summit. We have something for everyone; join us!
Early-bird gets the worm
Register early and save $100! Our industry-low full conference rate is only $299 before Aug. 1, so take advantage of this great discount and reserve your space today. You can register online at NAPT.org/summit or fax your registration form, found in the delegate packet, to 518-218-0867.
Ready to book your overnight room?
Our 2014 Summit host hotel is the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, across the street from the Kansas City Convention Center. In order to make reservations at the host hotel, click here or call 800-228-9290. The cost is $134/night, plus taxes, for a total of $158.33 per night. Early reservations are recommended. In order to secure the special rate, reservations must be made by Oct. 8, 2014.
Join NAPT in the City of Change
Kansas City, Mo., is a city reinvented, offering unique architecture, delicious barbeque, hundreds of fountains, great blues and jazz, and more. Home to some of the nation’s greatest pioneers President Harry S. Truman, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart, Count Basie and others there’s no better place than Kansas City to celebrate NAPT's 40 years of Driving Innovation!
NAPT in Washington, DC
April is already proving to be a busy month for NAPT leaders. April 1-2 NAPT President Don Carnahan and Executive Director Mike Martin traveled to Washington, DC for a series of meetings in conjunction with the National School Transportation Association's (NSTA) Spring Bus-In event. As part of this event, participants attend individual meetings with Congressional representatives and also meet with representatives of federal agencies. Don and Mike had a jam packed schedule that was highlighted by meetings with U.S. Department of Education (in collaboration with our partners in the American School Bus Council), the National Transportation Safety Board (in collaboration with NSTA) and several other national organizations.
We'd like to offer special thanks to Max Christenson, President of NASDPTS; Tim Flood, President of NSTA and NSTA Executive Director Ronna Weber for their generous and gracious help and support. NAPT is always proud to work with our colleagues in the industry and help federal policy makers understand and recognize the important role our industry plays in communities around the nation.
Expanding the meaning of school transportation
Back on the road, this week Mike Martin travels to Austin, Texas, to participate in a round table discussion with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, a network of organizations, government agencies and professional groups working to set goals, share best practices, and leverage infrastructure and program funding. While NAPT continues to promote school buses as the safest way for students to travel to and from school each day, the SRTS Partnership provides a unique opportunity to integrate walking and bicycle rides under the "school transportation" umbrella.
Welcome aboard, Meg!
NAPT is excited to welcome Megan Geroux as our new Marketing & Communications Specialist. Meg brings more than 10 years' experience as a communications professional in the association world, most recently as the Communications Director for an association management company in Albany, N.Y. There she worked with a dozen national and statewide nonprofit professional trade organizations ranging from 300 to over 2,300 members. Specializing in creative communications, Meg uses her keen listening skills to uncover and share associations' unique stories. Our 40th anniversary is a great way to start telling NAPT's tale.
Reach out to Meg; she looks forward to speaking with you! You'll find her in NAPT headquarters at email@example.com or 800-989-NAPT (6278).
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NY Senate: Stop for school bus or lose license for 60 days
The Queens Courier
Repeat scofflaws who zoom through school bus stop signs could face stiffer penalties under a bill the state Senate passed last week. The legislation calls for a 60-day license suspension for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus more than twice within 10 years. "It's bad enough that a driver passes a stopped school bus once, but to do it twice is unacceptable," said upstate Sen. John Bonacic, who penned the law. "This bill is intended to make our roads safer for our school children."
Share your expertise with others
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NAPT MultiView News Brief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NAPT, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
'School Bus Shuffle' serves up message with fun
In honor of the 2013 National School Bus Safety Week, the Houston Independent School District created a music video that highlights the importance of safety on the school bus. HISD recently received a Bronze Telly from the Telly Awards for the video. The "School Bus Shuffle" is a fun way to get the students' attention, while also teaching them an important lesson. Nearly 12,000 entries were submitted from all 50 states in the U.S. and other countries for the 35th edition of the awards. Click image above to view full video.
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'Operation Safe Stop' reveals widespread failure to respect school bus safety laws
Rockland County Times
Clarkstown, N.Y., Police Department recently announced the results of their participation in the statewide "Operation Safe Stop" effort on April 3, coordinated and funded by the NYS Governor's Traffic Safety Committee through a Police Traffic Services Grant. During "Operation Safe Stop," police officers monitored school buses in marked and unmarked patrol units on selected bus routes that have a history of illegal passing complaints. Police issued tickets to drivers who pass stopped school buses (Section 1174 of the Vehicle & Traffic Law).
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Transportation officials talk school bus safety
Murray Ledger & Times
With warmer weather finally on its way this spring, Kentucky school officials know all too well that area roads are likely to be more crowded than any other time of the year, which poses a bigger threat for buses. Both Murray Independent and Calloway County school districts are likely to be on high alert, as statistics show the majority of school bus-related accidents are caused by factors outside the bus, rather than driver error. That lack of driver error is to be expected, said Calloway Director of Transportation Tommy Futrell, as his staff at the bus garage employs three full-time driver trainers. This adds to the almost 700 trainers statewide who work to educate more than 11,000 school bus drivers.
Feds ease alternative-fuel vehicle purchasing mandate
Green Fleet Magazine
The U.S. Department of Energy has made it easier for state and utility fleets to comply with alt-fuel vehicle purchasing mandates by including hybrid vehicles, alt-fuel fueling infrastructure, alt-fuel non-road equipment, and emerging technologies. The changes go into effect April 21, the DOE announced. Covered fleets must acquire alternative-fuel vehicles as a percentage of their annual light-duty vehicle acquisitions or reduce their petroleum consumption under the State and Alternative Fuel Provider Fleet Program of EPAct. The latest move should increase fleet compliance with EPAct regulations.
When popularity backfires: Climbing the social ladder can lead to bullying
There are certain truths that we have come to accept about the social hierarchy in middle and high schools the popular students rule the halls, while the less conventional ones, who dress, think or act differently, are marginalized at the bottom. And indeed, studies have documented how most of the victims of bullying are those who occupy the lower rungs of the social ladder. However, a new study suggests that social outcasts aren't the only targets of bullying and aggression, and that increasing one's social status can lead to being ostracized, teased and threatened.
Technology is no substitute for a well-trained teacher
With the reauthorization of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act in 2004 (IDEIA 2004), Congress introduced the Response to Intervention and Instruction framework as a way to address the diversity of students and learning issues in U.S. schools. Through early identification and intervention with students who have language and cultural differences and learning delays, the framework promises to address problems early on, thereby decreasing the number of students incorrectly assigned to receive special education services.
Car-to-car warning system set for America's roads
Wall St. Daily
America can't wait to get its paws on a new breaking technology that's designed to prevent accidents. The new invention uses vehicle-to-vehicle technology in order to alert drivers of potential driving hazards. In all efforts to keep the roads safe, the U.S. Department of Transportation is preparing a law requiring all new vehicles to include the v2v technology within the next three years. Greg Winfree, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Research and Technology at DoT says, "I would probably go back to my days as a kid and say it is a lot like walkie-talkies. Its vehicles that will have radios that have the ability to communicate with other vehicles that have radio so both can send messages, both can receive messages, and that's how the technology works."
Researchers: Early concerns about e-books' effect on reading comprehension
Digital devices and online reading materials are flooding U.S. schools, but there are some early reasons to worry whether they are helping children better learn to read. That was the message from a husband-and-wife research team from West Chester University who presented two studies as part of the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association. The findings, presented as part of a panel on "Understanding Digital Literacy Practices," are part of a just-emerging body of new research on how students interact with and learn from the digital tablets and computers that are now prevalent in U.S. classrooms.
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Distracted Driving Awareness Month: 'U Drive. U Text. U Pay.'
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
Over the past several years, remarkable progress has been made in raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. But we have more work to do. That's why, recently – as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched its first-ever national, high-visibility enforcement campaign to crackdown on texting while driving. The message is simple: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.
NAPT congratulates NSTA on new website
Our friends at the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) recently launched a new website. Check it out at www.yellowbuses.org.
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 Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.
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