Remember to Take 25
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Share
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a private, (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 1984 to serve as the nation's resource on the issues of missing and sexually exploited children. The organization provides information and resources to law enforcement, parents, children, including child victims, as well as other professionals.
An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year more than 2,000 children every day. The national Take 25 public awareness campaign, created by NCMEC, asks parents to take 25 minutes sometime during the month of May to talk to their children about safety and abduction prevention. The campaign begins on May 1 and continues through National Missing Children's Day on May 25. The focus of Take 25 is on prevention and provides those holding events in communities throughout the country with free safety resources including safety tips, conversation starters and engaging activities.
We encourage you to utilize the resources available from NCMEC to contribute to the Take 25 program: attend an event, give your time, become a corporate partner or make a donation. For more information, please visit www.take25.org/
JUST RELEASED! New online PDS course now available
601 School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
This workshop examines theories and strategies for successful routing. Route types, stop choice and multi-trip options will be discussed as well as the development of policy and procedures and their implications for economy and safety. Computer-aided and manual routing strategies will be evaluated and compared.
More courses are on the way!
Already available in our ONLINE Shopping Cart:
PDS 201 Business Writing
PDS 202 Presentation Skills
PDS 203 Communications Skills for Transportation Professionals
PDS 204 Team Communication Strategies
PDS 205 Managing the Media
PDS 208 Parent, Administrator, Board and Public Outreach
PDS 402 Managing Human Resources
PDS 606 Risk Management and Emergency Planning
NAPT members pay just $40 per course! You can sign up for any of these classes by clicking here. Available to non-members for $100.
Or visit our website, www.napt.org/online for more information.
To find out more about our partner in this endeavor, School Training Solutions, please visit www.schooltrainingsolutions.com.
For a limited time only, NAPT is offering a $20 discount for an early, early conference registration for full conference attendees and their guest's full registration for the Summit in Cincinnati!
This applies to members who register online ONLY from March 11 through April 15.
As program information becomes available we will be sure to notify you. In the meantime, feel free to register early and reserve your hotel room! For all Summit-related information, please visit www.napt.org and click on the "Annual Summit" tab.
Join us in Cincinnati from Oct. 22-27 for an action-packed event featuring workshops, professional growth opportunities, an unparalleled trade show and much more!
Exhibitors, please log on to www.napt.org/summit/ for exhibitor packets, business partner applications and Freeman show services information.
School restraint, seclusion bill resurfaces in Congress
There are renewed efforts in Congress to impose federal limits on the use of restraint and seclusion in special education, but it's unclear how or when the issue might move forward. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., recently reintroduced legislation that would prohibit restraint or seclusion in most school situations. The also bill also mandate parents be notified if the practices are used on their child, and it would disallow restraint or seclusion from being included in a student's individualized education program. More
Natural gas-boosting bill includes fuel, vehicle, infrastructure tax credits
A bipartisan bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives, if passed, will provide significant inventive for the purchase and use of natural gas and natural gas vehicles. "New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions" Act, H.R. 1380, dubbed "NAT GAS" for short, is intended to provide financial benefits for users of natural gas as a vehicle fuel. More
'Talk, Text, Crash' Texas launches campaign against distracted driving
AASHTO Journal Share
The Texas Department of Transportation has instigated a campaign to raise awareness about distracted driving as part of this month's observation of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. TxDOT's "Talk, Text, Crash" campaign encourages motorists to put down their cellphones behind the wheel and pay attention to the road. More
FAA chief orders review of the agency's inspections of aging planes
Los Angeles Times Share
Reacting to the forced landing of a Southwest Airlines jetliner after a hole opened in its fuselage, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration told Congress recently that he has ordered a review of an agency program that oversees aging commercial aircraft. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt testified before the House Appropriations transportation subcommittee that the evaluation would look into whether the agency is asking the right questions and using all available data to ensure that older planes are flying safely. More
DOT gets new allies in fight against distracted driving
Department of Transportation Fastlane Share
Recently, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association teamed up with boxing legend Smokin' Joe Frazier to launch "Decide to Drive." This national initiative includes a multimedia campaign, interactive website (www.decidetodrive.org), a school curriculum, and materials to help surgeons talk to their patients about the risks of distracted driving. More
New report: The business case for high-speed rail
The Infrastructurist Share
The American Public Transportation Association released a new high-speed rail report chockfull of numbers and charts. Although advertised as a "business case" for fast trains, the report functions more as a compilation of the latest statistics and study conclusions that underscore the long-term potential of U.S. passenger rail. More
Blue Bird recalls 3,900 school buses for fire hazard
Wheels via The New York Times Share
The Blue Bird Corporation has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that 3,900 of its school buses have a fire hazard. The model being recalled is the 2004-6 Vision, according to a report the company recently filed with the safety agency. More
Feds take huge step to protect student privacy
eSchool News Share
Asking state leaders to use data to drive school improvement and innovation sounds like a logical idea, but how can they also maintain student privacy in this often treacherous digital age? To help answer this question, the U.S. Department of Education recently released a few innovations of its own. More
Department of Transportation's wireless research ties intelligent transport to clean fleets
Office of Science and Technology Policy Share
President Barack Obama recently highlighted the National Clean Fleets Partnership at the UPS facility in Landover, Md. This public-private partnership, part of the Department of Energy's "Clean Cities" initiative, will help large fleets reduce diesel and gasoline use by incorporating electric vehicles, alternative fuels and fuel-saving measures into their daily operations. More
Smart Communities can strengthen America's economy
The Hill Share
America is poised to power forward out of the recession and into the new, 21st century economy. But congestion on our roads and highways is a drag on economic growth, interfering with our daily activities, slowing the flow of goods and services, polluting the environment and wasting fuel. More