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New Episode of NAPTV — The Purple Pledge
Have you heard of the Purple Pledge? Watch the latest episode of NAPTV to learn about it. NAPTV is an online video blog series featuring NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin. NAPTV is produced entirely in house by the NAPT staff and is just one way we communicate with our members about current events and interesting topics.
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Register Now for the 2015 NAPT Summit — and Save In Our Career Center!
Everyone needs good people. That's why we've created a special way to help you find them.
Any attendee or vendor who registers prior to August 31st for the annual NAPT Conference and Trade Show in Richmond this Fall will receive a 25% discount on the price of the Online Job Posting Packages in the NAPT Career Center. This one-time promo code will allow your district or company to post jobs and recruit good people at a reduced rate. Simply register for the 2015 NAPT Summit at www.napt.org/summit and you will receive a personalized promo code (that may be used until December 31, 2015) in your confirmation email. It's that easy!
Already registered? NAPT will be emailing you the promotional details and your discount code within the next few days. Keep an eye on your inbox!
More information on NAPT's Career Center can be found at careers.napt.org.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brianne Peck, NAPT Member Services Specialist, at 800.989.6278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 CSPTA School Bus Roadeo and Technicians Safety Contest Winners Announced
We would like to congratulate the following individuals on their placing at the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association's 2015 School Bus Roadeo/Technicians Safety Contest:
Technician Contest Results:
1st Place: Don Hough — Adams 12 Five Star Schools
2nd Place: Aaron Wilmoth — Fountain Fort Carson School District 8
3rd Place: Justin Beddow — Academy School District 20
Best in Mechanical Station: Justin Beddow — Academy School District 20
Best in Inspection Station: Kurt Rostin — Colorado Springs School District 11
Best in Written Test Station: Aaron Wilmoth — Fountain Fort Carson School District 8
Don Hough and Aaron Wilmoth qualify to represent Colorado at NAPT's America's Best Technician & Inspector Training & Skills Challenge this November in Richmond, VA.
1st Place: Denise Nelson — Widefield School District #3
2nd Place: Craig Walker — Harrison School District
3rd Place: James Buchanan — Cherry Creek Schools
Denise Nelson and Craig Walker qualify to represent Colorado at the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition in Minneapolis, MN July 18-19.
1st Place: Robert Leach & Birt Turnwall — Academy District 20
2nd Place: Jesse Hill & Brandon Hill — Academy District 20
3rd Place: Chris Fritz & Syd Sertich — Academy District 20
Robert Leach & Birt Turnwall and Jesse Hill & Brandon Hill qualify to represent Colorado at the National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo next March in Louisville, KY.
Upcoming NAPT Webinars
We are officially halfway through our 2015 series of webinars, and we have had a great turnout so far! Remember, if you've missed any of our webinars, they are all recorded and available in the 'Member Resources' area of the Members' Only section of the website. Log-in today. Here's what else we have on the schedule for the year:
July 29: Transportation Technology: Don't Let It DRIVE You Crazy Register now!
September 30: Preparing Your Operation for Winter Register now!
October 28: Inside Washington: How and Why Democracy Begets Bureaucracy Register now!
Stay tuned for more information as we finalize our webinars for August and November!
Next up, Transportation Technology: Don't Let It DRIVE You Crazy! During this complimentary member webinar, we'll discuss:
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 29 @ 1pm ET
- Digital camera systems: How many cameras and where to mount them
- GPS systems: Passive or active systems
- GPS: Are you using it to your advantage?
Title: Transportation Technology: Don't Let It DRIVE You Crazy
Presenters: Steve Simmons, III, Director of Transportation, Columbus City Schools, NAPT President-Elect and Jeff Vrabel, Director of Fleet Services, Columbus City Schools
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members
Get 5 KPIs instantly with NAPT's 3D website
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The end result is 5 free KPIs instantly! The over-arching goal of this dynamic website is to encourage student transportation professionals to speak a common language and make more data driven decisions.
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- Download a data worksheet and compile the necessary information
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According NAPT President Keith Henry, CDPT, "One of our goals from the start has been to facilitate discussion and interaction among as many people as possible and give them a chance to participate in this project."
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EPA and DOT propose greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are jointly proposing standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution to reduce the impacts of climate change, while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation. The proposed standards are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1 billion metric tons, cut fuel costs by about $170 billion, and reduce oil consumption by up to 1.8 billion barrels over the lifetime of the vehicles sold under the program. These reductions are nearly equal to the greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy use by all U.S. residences in one year. The total oil savings under the program would be greater than a year's worth of U.S. imports from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries each year.
Football or music? What's the best K-12 investment?
In a perfect world, all high school activities would be fully funded. But to educators struggling to find the financial means to establish and pay for educational priorities, it is clear that we do not live in a perfect world. Today's schools are subjected to growing pressures from increased academic standards and the expectation that they will provide all of their students with an education worthy of the 21st century. These demands must be met, moreover, in a climate of sharply declining resources. The world is changing at breathtaking speed, and the challenges inherent in responding to that change are daunting. So, too, are the economic stresses on schools.
How do we understand poverty without relying on federal free-meal statistics?
Eligibility for federal meals programs has been the ubiquitous shorthand for students' poverty level for decades, but as more districts move to provide free meals for all their students, it becomes "an increasingly poor proxy" for individual socioeconomic levels of students, according to the National Forum on Education Statistics (and, you know, lots of other folks). That's why the forum today released a guide for school officials and education researchers outlining different ways to identify students' socioeconomic status. The guide evolved in part from a task force for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which recommended that schools and education agencies go beyond the traditional measure of family income to a child's family, community and school supports for learning.
What's holding up so many state budgets?
With just one week left in the 2015 fiscal year, more than a dozen state governments have yet to agree on a spending plan for the coming year. Of the states that have reached an agreement, most of those budgets only came after long, sometimes testy legislative debates. It's a situation that is threatening to become the norm. "This year we've seen a plethora of states where it's been an intractable situation moving forward with their budgets," said Sujit CanagaRetna, a senior fiscal analyst for the Council of State Governments.
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Automakers tackle the massive security challenges of connected vehicles
The Wall Street Journal
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is accelerating its efforts to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle communications, a step that could help lower the number of traffic deaths in the U.S., but also creates a major challenge for data security and privacy. NHTSA plans to submit a proposed connected car rule by the end of the year. New cars equipped with the communications technology could hit the market by the early 2020s, the Transportation Department estimates. The technology could have great public benefits, potentially reducing the 30,000-plus crash related deaths that occur in the U.S. every year. But the technology would emit a stream of data broadcasting the location of millions of cars, a potential security dilemma.
Licensing group unveils model ethics code for educators
A newly released code of ethics for teachers could help provide some clarity across the mishmash of state rules. The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification last year convened a task force to draft the code, with support from the University of Phoenix, ETS, and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. Now, you can read the final version.
States take larger role in passenger rail
Illinois, which sits at the center of the country's railroad network, has long promoted passenger rail. It's rebuilt track so trains could travel faster between Chicago and St. Louis, added service along preexisting routes and even began planning for expansions to new cities. Ridership on Illinois routes grew by 85 percent in the last decade. But now the talk in Springfield is about cuts to Amtrak, not expansions.
Report: Addressing poverty gap calls for more flexible approaches
Figuring out how to close the "poverty" gap that keeps many low-income students from fully succeeding in school has generated numerous theories over decades. A new research paper suggests that delivering services beyond academic help in an "interdependent, deliberate way" may be the best way to achieve "breakthrough results." Researchers from the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation examine two common approaches that have dominated policy making.
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Congress gets a failing grade on education policy
U.S. News & World Report
Since 2007, Congress has struggled to reauthorize No Child Left Behind, a George W. Bush-era education law that governs how dozens of federal education programs are funded and began an era of annual standardized testing in public schools. While lawmakers in the past have been unable to pass an update because of clashes over finances, school choice and federal oversight, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has made updating this law and the Higher Education Act a priority.
Senate schedules debate on bipartisan ESEA reauthorization
The U.S. Senate could begin debating a bipartisan bill that would overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act on Tuesday, July 7. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., officially scheduled the bill for floor debate on Wednesday morning, just one day after 10 major education groups joined forces to demand senators prioritize the reauthorization, which had been languishing in the legislative queue for weeks. The notice, which went out via email to senators, comes after weeks of speculation as to when — or even whether — the reauthorization would get to the floor after being overlooked by a series of other congressional priorities, most recently the Trade Promotion Authority.
Americans are on the move — Again
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Jen Dunlap took a lot of ribbing from her friends in Michigan when she decided to move to North Tampa, Florida, with her husband and six children. Friends said, "It's so hot!" But the Dunlaps were tired of shoveling snow and ready for the warmth they had seen on Florida vacations. "We absolutely moved here for the weather," Dunlap said. "The opportunities for our children, all of us really, to be outside a majority of the year has been a huge plus." The Dunlaps had plenty of company, as Hillsborough County, which includes North Tampa, had the biggest one-year turnaround in the nation as far as attracting new residents. After losing thousands of people two years in a row, the county gained 8,500 in 2014, according to a Stateline analysis of recent U.S. Census population estimates.
When school's out, millions of kids go hungry
No more teachers. No more books. No more free lunch. A record 21.7 million American kids get free or reduced-price lunch at school. But when summer vacation starts, the vast majority of them go without this essential, federally funded benefit. Fewer than 4 million kids — or just 18 percent of those in the school lunch program — are fed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's summer food program. While that's a record number for the 40-year-old initiative, many advocates and government officials say more needs to be done.
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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