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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announces second National Distracted Driving Summit
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the second National Distracted Driving Summit will be held on September 21, 2010, in Washington, D.C. Secretary LaHood will convene leading transportation officials, safety advocates, and others to address challenges and identify opportunities for national anti-distracted driving efforts. More



Obama defends education program
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Saying that reforming education is perhaps "the economic issue of our time," President Obama went before a major civil rights organization on Thursday to defend his main education program against criticisms from some minority and teachers groups. More

Fatal school bus crash spurs rules change
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Employers of school bus drivers and other commercial vehicle operators will get more extensive driving histories of their employees and prospective employees, thanks to new state guidelines. The state Department of Transportation recently revised its driver record check system to include all accidents and whether anyone was killed, injured or property was damaged. More

Airfares may be 'bargains,' but extra fees have soared
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Domestic airfares across the nation increased nearly 5 percent in the first three months of 2010 from the same period in 2009, and yet the trade group that represents the nation's airlines calls the numbers good news for passengers. More

Mileage fee alternative to gas tax?
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Motorists pay at the pump through gasoline taxes. It's more or less fair, too: The more you drive, the more you pay. But people involved in transportation planning and construction say that model is breaking down as many vehicles get better gas mileage or don't use gasoline at all. More



High tech bus routes
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The Valdosta City School System will use technology to mark bus stops and plan bus routes this school year. Earlier this year, the school system purchased a transportation management system called Routefinder, said Alvin Hudson, assistant superintendent. The system uses information pulled from the student information database to identify bus routes and bus stops, he said. More

Seat belt bill for school buses gets low priority
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Of the millions venturing out on to the streets and highways in Massachusetts each day, only one group goes without a requirement for seat belts — schoolchildren. For decades while state and federal laws pushed seat belt mandates on car manufacturers and the public, school bus operators here have had no requirement to provide seat belts or shoulder safety straps for children. More

Last-minute funding for education jobs looks grim
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The fate of additional funding that might save thousands of teachers' jobs remains uncertain after a $10 billion education jobs bill failed to pass in Congress, leaving many schools in the lurch as districts determine how many teaching positions their recession-riddled budgets can support. More

E-Education Inc. seeks the mainstream
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Experts say for-profit providers of online courses — long seen as an option for home-schoolers and a potential rival to public schools — are breaking into the public education mainstream as more schools mix face-to-face classes and online courses to expand their curricular offerings. More

Cook-Illinois Corporation Among Greenest in Country
Cook-Illinois Corporation was the first in Illinois to switch to biodiesel fuel, create a clean air museum for kids and purchase a hybrid school bus. Check us out at: www.cookillinois.com. MORE


Swiss test traffic super cameras
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Swiss police are testing a new generation of super cameras that are able to detect up to 10 kinds of traffic offences. The new camera to be put into service at the end of August in the Swiss city of Geneva will first take on the regular job of catching speeding and red light offences. More

Most teens still driving while distracted
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Nearly nine in 10 teenage drivers have engaged in distracted-driving behaviors such as texting or talking on a cellphone although most of them know that their actions increase their risk of crashing, a new survey finds.The survey by Seventeen magazine and auto club AAA highlights the difficulty of the nation's efforts to stop texting while driving, especially among young drivers. More

MTA could learn from Charles Village slaying
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The Maryland Transit Administration gets blamed for a lot of things, but one thing the agency can't be faulted for is the chain of events that led to the slaying of Stephen Pitcairn in Charles Village a week ago. This tragedy should get MTA thinking about what they could better serve the next young person who comes into Penn Station late at night with the choice of a risky walk or a much safer bus ride. More

FHWA announces $9.7 million in grants to fund innovative approaches to congestion
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Seven states will receive more than $9.7 million as part of a national program to encourage innovative strategies to relieve congestion. California, Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota, Texas, Virginia and Washington received grants for 10 projects under the Federal Highway Administration's Value Pricing Pilot Program. More

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DOT, Seventeen magazine, and AAA launch National Two-Second Turnoff Day video challenge
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The U.S. Department of Transportation, Seventeen magazine and AAA recently announced their National Two-Second Turnoff Day Viral Video Challenge, a contest that will run from until September 10 to raise awareness among young people about the dangers of talking and texting while driving. More

Transfinder teams with Zonar to offer school districts a low cost GPS system
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Transfinder, a national leader in transportation management software solutions for school districts, recently announced that the company has teamed with GPS hardware manufacturer, Zonar Systems, to offer school districts a low-cost integrated solution. Transfinder will market and deliver RouteTracer, its new GPS bundle, to its school district clients and Zonar will provide installation and service for its hardware. More

Move toward national texting ban
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Not since the introduction of seatbelts has there been a traffic safety issue that has caused such concern among legislators and consumer protection organizations. With the rapid growth of cell-phones during the last few years, followed by the widespread practice of texting, distracted driving has become a life-and-death issue in America. More

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NAPT SUMMIT

NAPT SUMMIT
October 30 - November 4

NAPT is climbing the summit in Portland, Oregon, this year and our 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show offers something for everyone. Visit us online and watch for updates on the program and see why getting to the NAPT Summit should be at the top of your "to-do list" in 2010. Make your hotel reservation.

2010 NAPT Summit Program Announcement! The NAPT Board of Directors and the NAPT Program Committee are pleased to announce the release of the tentative program and list of workshops that will be available at the 2010 NAPT Summit. View the tentative program for a list of Workshop Topics and download a copy of the Conference Registration form. For additional information visit NAPT's home page.

Early Bird Conference Registration Deadline Extended to Sept 1st.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!


NAPT NEWS

NAPT ELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT

Three seats on the NAPT Board of Directors are open for election this year: Director — Region 1; Director — Region 5; and a Director at Large. All positions have a three-year term that begins this November and ends on the same date in 2013. Any person who wishes to be a candidate for NAPT Director must be an active individual member of the association for at least two (2) years. Anyone interested in running for office must be nominated by a minimum of two (2) active individual members of the association; candidates for regional director must be nominated by individuals whose address is in that particular region.

At Large Directors are selected by a vote of all active members. Regional directors are selected by a vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.

KEITH HENRY NOMINATED FOR RE-ELECTION

Current Board member, Keith Henry, CDPT, Director of Transportation for the Independence (MO) Transportation Department has been nominated for re-election to the Director at Large position. Henry was nominated by Steve Kalmes, Director of Transportation for the Anchorage (AK) School District; the nomination was seconded by Denny Coughlin, President of School Bus Training Company, Rosemount, MN.

NAPT members may vote at the 2010 NAPT Annual Summit in Portland, Oregon in November. Individuals interested in learning more are encouraged to visit our website at www.napt.org or call (800) 989-6278.

ELECTION DATES & DEADLINES

NAPT President Linda F. Bluth, Ed. D., has announced the following dates and deadlines for the 2010 NAPT Election:

ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS — Any NAPT member seeking to vote by absentee ballot must send a written request for a ballot to NAPT headquarters. All requests must be received no later than the close of business on October 8, 2010.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED TO VOTERS — Official absentee ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters no later than October 12, 2010.

ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than October 25, 2010.

Election Day is Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Elections will be held in Portland, Oregon on the Trade Show floor from 10:00 – 12:00 Noon.

Questions about the election should be directed to mike.martin@napt.org

To continue receiving your NAPT member benefits, don’t forget to renew your membership by July 30th!


NAPT Has A New Website!

The National Association for Pupil Transportation is pleased to announce the launch of its re-designed website. The new homepage provides uncluttered, one-click access to a wide variety of information, including all of NAPT's communication, leadership, education, advocacy and resource projects. The new site also features enhanced registration tools for NAPT events, including the 2010 NAPT Summit, the association's 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show set for October 30 through November 4 in Portland, Ore.

"This is the most comprehensive communication system we have ever had," said NAPT President Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D. "It provides the connection we need to keep members informed and involved in the current activities of the association."

Current NAPT Members receive exclusive and unrestricted access to the entire site via the Members Only portal. Log-in is easy - go to www.naptonline.org and enter your primary email address (the address where you currently receive email from us) as your user name and the password "napt3614". You will be required change your password upon log-in so please remember to store it in a safe, easy to remember place.

To facilitate a smooth transition, the old website www.napt.org will remain in use until August 15. You will be able to log in and get information from both sources, but only naptonline.org will be updated. After that date napt.org and naptonline.org will be identical and you will be able to use either to access our new website.

Questions and feedback should be directed to Brianne Peck, NAPT Member Services Specialist, at brianne.peck@napt.org, Josh Bresett, NAPT Education and IT Specialist at josh.bresett@napt.org, or Lynn Martin, NAPT Marketing and Communication Specialist at lynn.martin@napt.org




Delco Remy Endows NAPT's "America's Best" Scholarship Program

NAPT is delighted to announce that Delco Remy has endowed $5,000 for the 2010 "America's Best" Scholarship Program. The "America's Best" Scholarship Program is a means to provide financial assistance for qualifying technicians and inspectors to attend the 2010 national competition.

"America's Best" is North America's only annual premier skills competition exclusively for the professional School Bus Technician and Inspector. Contestants come from all segments of the School Bus Maintenance Industry and from many States and Provinces. This year, the seventh annual competition will take place at Jasper Engines & Transmissions in Jasper, Indiana.

To qualify for an "America's Best" Scholarship:

  1. Competitor must have met all qualifications as described in the "America's Best" rules and was a winning competitor in their local state competition or chosen by an authorized state committee as their representative to "America's Best."
  2. All submissions for scholarship funds must include estimated cost for travel expenses and lodging to attend "America's Best."
  3. All applications must be submitted to the "America's Best" Scholarship Committee (ABSC) for review and evaluation at least 45 days prior to the "America's Best" competition. Apply soon! Application deadline: August 13, 2010.
  4. The ABSC will review all applicants and notify scholarship winners at least 30 days prior to the competition.
  5. Only one (1) scholarship will be awarded per state/per sponsor.
  6. All awards as determined by the ABSC shall be final.

Distribution of Funds — The individual scholarship awards will be based on the number of competitors applying for the scholarship funds and the total funds available for scholarships. Scholarships are designated to cover the anticipated cost for a competitor to attend and participate in "America's Best." Associated costs that will be considered are travel expenses (car, airfare, lodging, etc.) for the competitor only.

Scholarship sponsors will provide a list of competitors to which their funds were distributed. Any funds not used in 2010 will be carried forward to the next competition.

The ABSC will be comprised of one (1) NAPT board member, two (2) "America's Best" Committee members, and a scholarship sponsor representative.

The 2010 "America's Best" host is Jasper Engines & Transmissions at their facility and takes place September 28 — October 1, 2010.

For more information, please visit the America's Best website at americasbesttech.org. For information on Delco Remy, visit their website at www.delcoremy.com
OTHER ITEMS


Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition, by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The non-member rate is $24.99, plus shipping.

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.

To order your copy, please email NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin lynn.martin@napt.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.

Zonar's new K12™
Industry leading Zonar Systems now offers its professional grade GPS/Vehicle Telematics platform at an attractive new price point. Zonar's new K12™ was built specifically for the pupil transportation market and is available to NAPT members for $135.00.To get real Ground Traffic Control™ visit www.zonarsystems.com or call 1.877.843.3847.
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