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Topic Session List Released for the 2015 NAPT Summit
We asked, you answered, and we listened! Based on the feedback we received from our session topic survey, we have narrowed down our topic list for the 2015 NAPT Summit in Richmond, VA Nov. 6-10. Over the course of four days, you'll have access to 6 keynote speakers, 13 in-depth training courses, and dozens of workshops. Topics range from the latest in specialized transportation to effective department management and everything in between. There's something for everyone involved in pupil transportation, and if you register before Aug. 1, you can save $100! Take advantage of this great offer and register today.
Registration Now Open for America's Best
Registration is now open for the 2015 America’s Best Training & Skills Challenge for Technicians and Inspectors. This year's event will be held in conjunction with the NAPT Summit in Richmond, VA Nov. 6-10. Again this year we have opened the event to Challengers, those who either don't have a state competition to participate in, or those who did participate in their state completion but want a rematch! To find more information or to download our America’s Best brochure to submit your registration, visit www.americasbesttech.org.
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
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House passes ESEA rewrite 218-213; Senate debate continues
The U.S. House of Representative reconsidered and ultimately passed a Republican-backed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — though it's far from the measure that President Barack Obama may eventually sign into law when it's all said and done. After considering 14 amendments, including a failed Democratic substitute, members passed the ESEA rewrite, formally known as the Student Success Act, with a very close vote of 218-213. Twenty-seven Republicans crossed party-line to join the entire Democratic caucus in voting against the bill.
A state-by-state look at transportation initiatives
It's no secret that there's been a perpetual logjam on Capitol Hill these last few years regarding passage of long-term surface transportation funding bill; a situation that doesn't seem likely to be solved anytime soon. Yet the need to maintain and repair existing roadways and bridges — when not outright replacing them — as well as demand to build new ones isn’t declining. And as we all know, taking care of transportation infrastructure requires money; quite a lot of it actually, though just how much is a hotly disputed topic in some corners.
Poverty rates in every US school district
The Washington Post
Anyone who cares about the plight of poor children in America should take a look at a new interactive map, below, put together by the new nonprofit EdBuild. The map shows Census Bureau poverty rates in each of the nation's nearly 14,000 school districts nationwide. The darker the blue on the map, the greater the concentration of children living in poverty. It seems like the kind of map that should have been easy to find long ago — but it hasn't been, at least not in the public realm.
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US: transportation secretary pledges 'muscular' auto safety guidance
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx declared the Obama administration has decided towards a "much more muscular" approach to the auto safety oversight, even though he agreed the NHTSA was utterly underfunded. He added that under the newly appointed leadership of its latest administrator, Mark Rosekind, who started working in December, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is undergoing a crucial restructuring process.
The key to school change: Getting comfortable with discomfort
Grant Lichtman, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "It is an accepted principle of organizational change: Change is hard. We are told that the process of change includes stages of recognition, denial, grief and eventual progress, much like the steps we undergo to overcome loss or addiction. I disagree. One of the central findings of my work with well over 100 schools in the last several years is that, relative to the really hard obstacles and events in life that we all face, changing most school organizations is not hard — it is uncomfortable. There is a big difference."
Student fights, fear of harm at school have declined, newest federal data show
A new collection of federal data on school safety and climate shows several positive trends. Fewer high school students reported being in physical fights on school grounds, fewer teens reported victimization at school and fewer students reported carrying weapons at school, according to various federal data sources included in the annual Indicators of School Crime and Safety report, produced by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
North Carolina approves new policy for school bus safety
Under a new safety policy, school bus riders throughout Sampson County will have to pay more attention to their driver before crossing the street. The North Carolina State Board of Education changed a busing policy which will require bus drivers to use a standard hand signal to tell a student when it's safe to cross the street. According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, five students in the state were injured by motorist passing stopped school buses during the 2014-2015 school year. It's one of the reasons for the change.
Obama administration: Education bills lack accountability
The Associated Press
The Obama administration said it cannot support either the Senate or the House versions of bills being considered to update the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law. Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, says neither bill has sufficient accountability to ensure that all children get the resources they need to succeed. She, however, stopped short of saying President Barack Obama would veto the bipartisan Senate bill sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
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Passing a stopped school bus? You're breaking the law, and on camera.
The Washington Post
Just as Arlington school bus driver Daniel Roseboro was explaining the necessity of cameras to catch motorists illegally passing his bus, an SUV rolled by one in front of Wakefield High School, bolstering his argument. "Like that one right there," Roseboro said. Although the bus was empty, its flashers were on and two folding stop signs were deployed — signals that require drivers to stop and wait as a safety precaution to protect children. School officials stationed the bus in front of Wakefield to demonstrate how the special cameras work. Mounted in two places on the side of the bus, the cameras activate when the bus stops and deploys its stop signs and flashers.
Data quality campaign unveils resource to help define student data
With concerns about data collection and privacy in school districts on the rise, the Data Quality Campaign, a national advocacy organization, released a new tool meant to help provide parents, educators, and policymakers with a clear definition of what "student data" actually means. The infographic aims to clarify common misconceptions and answer basic questions about what student information is collected and why, and how it can be used effectively, said Paige Kowalski, vice president of policy and advocacy for Data Quality Campaign, a Washington-based group that supports the use of data in education and the creation of school policy.
Too many kids
Erica Oliver has worked for the Atlantic City School District in New Jersey for a decade, teaching first grade and a few reading programs. Early in her career, Oliver typically taught no more than four students at a time. The small classes meant that students who struggled could be easily targeted, lessons could be tailored to individual needs, and progress could be expedited, she said. Over the years, however, Oliver has seen her class sizes grow: first to 16 students, and then to 24 or 25 kids per class. She found it harder to manage her classroom, properly supervise reading groups, and encourage her students to complete projects efficiently. All of this slowed down the group's collective achievement.
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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