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Federal budget may yield school safety funding: Be ready, asses your needs
Good news! President Barack Obama recently released his fiscal year 2014 budget proposal and it includes "school safety" as one of four key areas of focus for K-12 reform. The school safety portion of the U.S. Department of Education budget contains multiple provisions and new funding programs focused on student mental health, school climate and improving conditions for learning. Of course, this is just a proposal and the divided Congress will eventually have to provide the funding during the regular appropriations process.
Key proposals included in the $112 million 'school safety" section of the president's budget for the U.S. Department of Education:
These three sections are part of a larger $280 million "Successful, Safe and Healthy Students" program that was first rolled-out as part of the president's "Blueprint for ESEA Reauthorization" several years ago.
- $30 million for Emergency Management Grants – for states to help schools develop and implement emergency management plans
- $50 million for School Climate Transformation Grants – for school districts and states to implement evidence-based interventions to improve school climate and prevent bullying and other issues
- $25 million for Project Prevent Grants – for school districts to provide social and emotional supports and mental health services
Two important and related proposals that are found elsewhere in the budget:
Feel free to visit www.ed.gov/school-safety for more detailed information about the president's proposals. A 56-page "budget justification" document is also available at www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget14/justifications/f-sss.pdf.
- $150 million at the U.S. Department of Justice for a Comprehensive School Safety Program, including hiring of school police officers, school psychologists, social workers and counselors.
- $55 million at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education)
NOW IS THE TIME to act locally. If your community is discussing this topic, and with the possibility that federal funding may be appropriated to help states address school security concerns, it's important for our industry to be active players not bystanders. We urge you not to wait to be called. We encourage you think about measures that would be beneficial to further improve the safety and security of your operation and be prepared to discuss and advocate for them at the local level.
We are a critical part of the educational system, and whatever is done affects us. We recommend you initiate involvement on your own don't wait for a call that might not come. Act now, grab a seat at the table and let your voice be heard.
REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2013 NAPT SUMMIT – in Grand Rapids, Mich.!
Please join us for The NAPT Summit, scheduled for October 19-24, in Grand Rapids, Mich.! Registration is open and the hotel is taking reservations, so don't delay!
We are delighted to announce we'll be at the elegant surroundings of the Amway Grand, once again! Please be sure to make your hotel reservation through Passkey on our website to obtain the NAPT discount.
Whether you are a delegate or an exhibitor, there is something for you. Please visit our website www.napt.org/summit for:
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NAPT PDS and SNT courses available at many upcoming conferences
For NAPT members interested in pursuing career development, certification and recertification, and/or the NAPT Special Needs Endorsement, we will be announcing dates and locations of our course offerings throughout the year.
If you wish to receive NAPT credit for PDS or SNT course offerings at upcoming events, and an official course completion certificate from NAPT, please click on the specific location you are interested in (below). You'll be taken to a registration page that details all the information you need, including a link to the conference site.
OASBO (Ontario Association of School Business Officials): OASBO Course Web Link
TAA (Transportation Administrators of Arizona): TAA Course Web link
VAPT (Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation): VAPT Course Web link
OPTA (Oregon Pupil Transportation Assn): OPTA Course Web Link
ASTSBC (Association of School Transportation Services of British Columbia): ASTSBC Course Web link
MAPT (Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation): MAPT Course Web link
The NAPT Professional Development Series is the industry's only comprehensive training program designed exclusively for school transportation professionals; offering nearly 40 different courses for the classroom and many are now available online.
Visit our website: NAPT PDS page.
The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program was created to encourage individuals involved in school transportation to enhance their knowledge about transporting students with disabilities and promote excellent leadership skills for the community of transportation personnel serving children of all ages with special needs.
For more information, click here: SNT Brochure.
April brings National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and not a moment too soon
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
According to the new Safety In Numbers newsletter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at any given daylight moment across America, about 660,000 drivers are using cellphones or manipulating electronic devices behind the wheel. With that many people texting or talking while driving, 3,300 people were killed in distraction-related crashes in 2011 and another 387,000 were injured. Distracted driving is a deadly epidemic on our nation's roadways.
Dallas County schools partners with vendors to educate technicians
Dallas County Schools’ technicians gathered for a day of classroom and technical training with Hydrotex®, Stewart & Stevenson and Alternator Service. Over 60 technicians participated in this continuing education program. "We are thrilled about the training provided to the technicians; offering continuing education programs has always been a priority," stated Gary Sutton, Fleet Manager of Dallas County Schools. "Hydrotex is training on the Principles of Lubrication. It is one thing to simply pour oil in a bus and another to know the correct lubrication management practices and how to read an oil analysis. In addition, we had transmission training by Stewart & Stevenson to learn various factors about the Allison Transmission and Alternator Service training on the new battery and charging system. Dallas County Schools has 12 service centers. So training not only builds confidence and reliability, it develops community. The technicians are also tested in Texas Association of Pupil Transportation courses. The education they received is invaluable."
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What's Right with Our Schools: Student creates anti-bully app
One Oklahoma student is working to make our classrooms a bit safer. A fifth grader at Nichols Hills Elementary was so concerned about the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., she decided to take action. Genisis Franks is now on a mission to end school bullying. She has created an anti-bullying app and won the science fair with her idea.
After-school busing program considered in Florida
The school district's traditional yellow school buses still will transport Polk students to and from school but the district and Lakeland Area Mass Transit are working on a proposal to provide student transportation for after-school activities. When the proposal was taking shape, Polk County School District officials were considering reducing the high school class schedule from seven to six periods a day, but that proposal has been scrapped. Now, that transportation will not be needed after an optional seventh period, school officials are unsure about how they will adjust the plan with transit officials.
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Shortage of bus drivers may be on horizon for Indiana schools
Indiana school districts may soon face a shortage of bus drivers because of new licensing rules, the Lake Central School Board learned at a recent meeting. The type of license needed to drive a school bus has changed over the last 10 years, said Al Gandolfi, Lake Central School Corp. assistant superintendent. All bus drivers must now hold an Indiana commercial driver's license, the same type required for truck drivers, said Gandolfi.
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NHTSA sees no decline in distracted driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported startling statistics it hopes will encourage people to pay attention while driving. In 2011, licensed motorists in the U.S. numbered 212 million while the number answering calls on a mobile device was 102 million, and the number making calls was 50 million. At any given daylight moment that year, 660,000 drivers were using phones or other electronic devices while driving.
Library, district team up to create 'Ride and Read' program
Lancaster Eagle Gazette
A 20-minute school bus ride might not seem long, but to a first-grade student who wants to get home, it's an eternity. However, with the help of the Fairfield County District Library, bus drivers in the Lancaster school district in Ohio have found a way to occupy their young passengers' attention during the ride to and from school.
Transportation offers mixed reaction to Obama budget
Fleet Owner Magazine
Some faint praise and a lot of scorn are being heaped upon President Barack Obama's 2014 federal budget proposal by the transportation industry, with some groups supporting his request for $50 billion to repair highways, bridges, transit systems and airports and others condemning funding cuts to other programs, such as the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. Yet others, such as the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials had hoped the White House would take a stab at trying to create a "long term" solution for funding transportation needs.
SDUSD Board of Education approves pilot discounted bus pass program
A pilot program that would provide discounted bus passes to about 1,000 needy students at several schools for the 2013-14 school year was unanimously approved by the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education. "This is a very important moment to be able to move this basic concept forward, that we should be able to help the families of students struggling economically to make sure their students get to school day-to-day," said board member Richard Barrera, who co-sponsored the pilot program with colleague Marne Foster.
Importance of pushing digital education
President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan last year issued what has become known as the "digital mandate," challenging schools to adopt digital technology by 2017. While the first year of the mandate saw educators adopting digital solutions, there are still thousands of schools across the country, which have yet to make the shift.
School bus crash revives seat belt debate
A recent school bus crash in Rio Arriba County, N.M., has reignited the debate on whether school buses should have seat belts or not. Currently, six states have seat belt laws that apply to buses, but not every state has provided school districts the necessary funding to comply with the mandates.
Cyber-bullying adds to increasing victimization
The Somerville News
Research shows that most students have been bullied or witnessed bullying at some time during their school years. This form of youth violence is more than simple intimidation; attacks often occur repeatedly between the same students with the intent to cause harm. While physical abuse and name-calling are common forms of bullying, electronic aggression is on the rise.
Low pay, high expectations fuel shortages of school bus drivers
Tampa Bay Times
Hernando County, Fla., school bus drivers recently clustered in small groups as bright yellow buses roared out of the bus barn on the way to their afternoon pickups. On many of their minds: The school district's long-running driver shortage. The pool of substitute drivers has drastically dwindled. When anyone is out — sick, on vacation or leave — they need to pick up the slack. "It's tough," said driver Tom Bosse. "It puts a lot of stress on us."
Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition,
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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.
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