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More on NAPT's new Strategic Plan
As reported last week, the NAPT Board of Directors has been working with the NAPT staff since early May to update the Association's strategic plan. The Board has developed three over-arching goals that will guide our work for the next three years.
The first goal is to: Identify the needs of school transportation professionals and ensure that the association model meets their needs. We will do that by identifying and communicating with every school transportation director and supervisor in America, seeking their feedback and opinions on a variety of topics. Then we will make NAPT relevant and accessible to everyone in pupil transportation by modifying and improving existing services and programs, adding new ones when desirable and eliminating those that no longer have significant value.
Part of that process includes the creation of an infrastructure that will include new opportunities for people to get involved in NAPT. Similarly, the Board is going to be more communicative – making personal contact with NAPT members, listening to your ideas and learning about your needs. Our regional directors will also hold regular "town hall" meetings and visit our state association partners in person whenever possible. These and other key performance indicators will be integrated into a Board Report Card, which will be posted online so NAPT members will be able to visit the NAPT website and track our progress in these efforts.
Stay tuned next week for our second Strategic Plan goal. If you have any questions regarding this exciting initiative, please don't hesitate to contact your Region Director or NAPT headquarters at 800.989.6278.
NSTA holds Annual Meeting and Convention, elects new president
Congratulations to our friends at the National Student Transportation Association (NSTA) on a successful event in Minneapolis, and welcome to their new president Todd Monteferrario.
Mr. Monteferrario has worked in the student transportation industry for more than 25 years, currently serving as Senior Director of Operational Excellence for First Student. "I am honored to serve as President for the National School Transportation Association and represent the membership," said Mr. Monteferrario. "We will continue to provide school transportation professionals with the tools and resources they need to make school buses safe, secure, affordable and efficient nationwide."
NAPT also extends a hearty congratulations to outgoing president Tim Flood of The Trans Group. We value our collaborative relationship with NSTA, enjoyed working with Mr. Flood these past two year, and look forward to continuing our partnership under Mr. Monteferrario's tenure.
Next NAPT webinar is TOMORROW
Join your colleagues from around the country tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET for a free webinar: Transportation Technology: Don't Let It DRIVE You Crazy! Reserve your spot now!
During this complimentary member webinar, we'll discuss:
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 29 at 1 p.m. EDT
- 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
Sept. 30: Preparing Your Operation for Winter Register now!
Oct. 28: Inside Washington: How and Why Democracy Begets Bureaucracy Register now!
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.
NAPT seeking award nominations
Recognize a colleague for helping make school transportation the safest, most effective way for 26 million children to get to and home from school each day. Submit a nomination for one of NAPT's six national awards!
Driver Training Award (sponsored by IC Bus) — The NAPT Driver Training Award rewards school districts with exemplary driver training programs. Submit an application online now.
Continuing Education Award (sponsored by Thomas Built Buses) — The NAPT Continuing Education Award enables individuals to access NAPT's education and training programs, both online and in person. Submit an application online now.
Specialized Transportation Award (sponsored by Sure-Lok International, LLC) — This award was established to give special recognition to an individual or school system that provides exemplary service to students with specialized transportation needs. Submit an application online now.
Heroism Award (sponsored by Blue Bird Corporation) — Our Heroism Award recognizes individuals that have performed an act of rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others, particularly if the individual demonstrated extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save someone else's life at considerable risk to self. Submit an application online now.
Distinguished Service Award — The NAPT Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize an individual who has performed exemplary service for or on behalf of NAPT at the state and/or national level. This is the second highest honor NAPT can bestow on an individual or company. Submit an application online now.
Hall of Fame — Induction into the NAPT Hall of Fame is the highest honor NAPT can bestow. Honorees must meet the highest standards of personal and professional integrity, including distinguished service to both the industry and the Association. Click here to see the NAPT HoF guidelines.
Please consider nominating someone you know for an NAPT Award today.
If you have questions, feel free to contact NAPT Awards Committee Chair Theresa Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org, co-Chair Jerry Milliken at Milliken,email@example.com or NAPT headquarters at 800.989.6278.
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Study: Race to the Top initiative spurs US education policy reform
Five years have passed since the Obama administration announced the winners of the $4 billion Race to the Top contest, a major federal initiative designed to stimulate education reform among the states. While supporters and critics have argued whether the program has encouraged meaningful reform, UChicago scholar William Howell finds that the program had a substantial impact on education policy across the United States.
Seat belts, student behavior discussed at NHTSA meeting
School Bus Fleet
The barriers and benefits of seat belts on large school buses were the key points of discussion in a public meeting held by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on July 23.
While acknowledging that school buses are much safer than other modes of transportation for students, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind expressed his desire to explore innovative ways to enhance safety in and around the yellow bus.
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Report suggests US children left behind in economic recovery
The Associated Press via The Dallas Morning News
A new report on child welfare that found more U.S. children living in poverty than before the recession belies the fanfare of the nation’s economic turnaround.
Twenty-two percent of American children were living in poverty in 2013 compared with 18 percent in 2008, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book, with poverty rates nearly double among African-Americans and American Indians and problems most severe in the South and Southwest.
Governors not waiting for transportation help
The Associated Press via The Columbian
As Congress considers a long-awaited transportation funding bill, some Republican governors as well as Democrats say they aren't waiting to raise or borrow money to fix or build roads, bridges and highways.
Federal lawmakers should look at funding options like raising the federal fuel tax, since many states have had to increase their own, some state executives at the National Governors Association meeting said recently.
This is where your child is most likely to get suspended from school
The Washington Post
States in the Southeast suspend K-12 students at the highest rates in the country, according to new data released recently by the U.S. Department of Education as part of a daylong White House conference on ways to approach school discipline.
"Creating and sustaining safe, supportive schools is absolutely essential to ensuring students can engage in the rich learning experiences they need for success in college, work and life — that's why rethinking school discipline is critical to boosting student achievement and improving school outcomes," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.
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Mother wants food allergy training for bus drivers
The Daily Journal
A kindergartner gets on the school bus after eating a bagel with peanut butter for breakfast. With a smear on his hand, he uses the rail to hoist himself up the steps.
Another student, one with a severe peanut allergy — 5-year-old Audra Ryan of Western Springs, Illinois, for instance — uses the same handrail and then touches her eyes or mouth.
Judge: Charter schools are not required to provide bus transportation to students
Pointing to choices made by parents, a state judge has ruled that a Southeast Florida school district cannot require a charter school to provide bus transportation to students.
Administrative Law Judge Darren Schwartz, in a 45-page order issued recently, sided with Renaissance Charter School at Tradition in a long-running dispute with the St. Lucie County School Board.
Uber triumphs as New York City officials abandon plans to limit transportation company
The Washington Post
Officials recently abruptly abandoned plans to rein in the powerful tech and transit company Uber, dropping a fiercely contested proposal to cap the company's growth in its largest market.
New York's city council had planned to vote as early as July 23 on a bill that would have put a "pause" on Uber's rapid expansion while the city studied the impact of new transportation services on congestion.
School bus riders will need to swipe card to board in Kearney, Nebraska
Nebraska Radio Network
The Kearney Public School District in Nebraska is preparing to roll out new technology next year with the goal of helping younger students get on the right school bus and get off at the right stop.
Becky Reier, the district's transportation director, says a mobility safety program using a swipe card system is being put in place for students who ride the bus.
Chicago Public Schools slashes number of bus stops for special schools, will place within 1.5 miles of students' homes
Chicago Public Schools plans to cut its number of bus stops for selective enrollment and magnet students by more than half in an effort to save money, officials said.
Bus transportation currently serves about 10,000 students at CPS' magnet and academic elite schools — some 6,600 of them will be affected after the district cuts the number of stops from 450 to about 180 this fall, according to CPS spokeswoman Emily Bittner.
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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