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America's state legislatures, county officials, mayors ask Congress to reauthorize Diesel Emissions Reduction Act
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Cited as one of the few actions that will have immediate environmental benefits in all 50 states, the national organizations that represent America's state legislatures, county officials and mayors endorsed the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act and requested that Congress reauthorize the program for another five years. More

Senate approves $26 billion to save jobs
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Eager to go home for the summer recess, the Senate gave quick approval recently to a $26.1 billion fiscal aid package to help state and local governments avoid threatened layoffs, including tens of thousands of public school teachers next month. More



Collaboration helping to turn yellow school buses green
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Zonar and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have announced a collaborative effort to obtain and use school bus drive cycle data to assist in the development of hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric and battery electric school buses. NREL is being funded by the DOE's Vehicle Technology Program to conduct research on HEV, PHEV and BEV school buses. More

NTSB investigates deadly school bus accident
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National Transportation Safety Board investigators examining the Missouri crash that killed a 15-year-old school bus passenger, and the teen driver of a pickup truck, are hopeful they'll learn something to make school buses and road work zones safer, an NTSB official said recently. More

Vermont education chief recommends school cuts
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School districts across Vermont are being asked to trim a total of $23.2 million from their already lean budgets. If they don't, the education commissioner might ask the Legislature to require them to. However, $19 million to save teacher jobs in Vermont included in a jobs bill — that passed the U.S. Senate recently and is up for a rush vote in the House next week — could offset the cuts. 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


Programs hope to reverse skid in car pooling
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Despite greater awareness about vehicle emissions and spikes in gasoline prices, census figures show fewer people are carpooling than 30 years ago. State and local governments, grass-roots organizations and even the Defense Department are trying to do something about the decline. More

Riding high: A Chinese concept for bus transit
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The concept seems to have some big advantages. These buses would require much less infrastructure investment than digging a subway tunnel or a dedicated rapid-transit lane. They would also enable existing roads to transport more people while adding little to traffic congestion. More



School bus seat belt debate renewed after fatal crash
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Two Missouri school buses packed with students on their way to an amusement park were involved in a deadly freeway crash recently that killed two, injured dozens and reignited the debate about whether government should require seat belts in the vehicles that carry the nation's children. More

Bus option gone for thousands of students
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As the new school year approaches, the single most important school accessory for thousands of students may be a new pair of walking shoes. With nearly a third of Greater Cincinnati's public school districts having tax issues set for the November ballot — many of them having already cut millions of dollars from their operating budgets — student bus services are increasingly on the chopping block. More

Thousands seek aid from DOT's 2010 grant pool
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A Department of Transportation discretionary grant pool for 2010 awards drew thousands of pre-applications seeking tens of billions of dollars to aid infrastructure projects from a "TIGER II" fund that has $600 million to spend. More than 2,300 pre-apps came in seeking about $26 billion in federal money. More

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States turn to tolls to fund roads
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Toll roads are increasingly emerging as the go-to strategy for states and metro areas eager to build and maintain expressways amid a recession that has battered government budgets. A traditional main source of road funding — gasoline taxes — has eroded as motorists drive fewer miles and more fuel efficient vehicles. More

Wake schools can cope with state cuts
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At a time when other school districts have laid off large numbers of teachers, Wake County school leaders, in Raleigh, N.C., are feeling fortunate that they're not facing deeper budget cuts. Wake school administrators said recently that the district will only have to cut $2.6 million more from the budget to make up for unplanned losses in state funding. More

Louisville, Ky., schools ask parents to stop idling, turn off engines during pickup time
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Drivers, turn off your engines. That's the message parents of Jefferson County Public Schools elementary students will get this fall, as the district declares school property "No Idle Zones." Three years after implementing a policy that bans its school buses from idling when not in traffic, the district is asking parents to turn off their engines while waiting to pick up their children after school. More

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Espar Independent Heating Systems enable drivers to pre-heat their school buses, offering warm starts, defrosted windows and a safe and comfortable environment for students, all without engine idling.
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How can we detox our cars from their oil addiction?
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The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was only the latest in a long list of reasons why we should transition away from oil as rapidly as we can. It's a monumental task, but we should not be intimidated, for all the longest journeys began with a single step. So what is that step and how can we get our cars off oil? More

Clarkstown parents try to fill coaching gap
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The Clarkstown, N.Y. school district's plan to cut half the assistant-coach staff has some anxious. The cuts, combined with others to reduce spending on middle school and two high schools sports, will save more than $600,000. Parents say safety is a concern — fewer coaches means less supervision on the field. More

Memphis, Tenn., schools may receive $500,000 to reduce pollution from diesel buses
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Shelby County Commissioners, in Memphis, Tenn., recently voted on a resolution that would direct $500,000 to county schools to reduce the air pollution given off by older school buses. For nearly four years, the suburban school system, in a joint effort with the health department, has been seeking funding to retrofit more than 250 diesel buses. More

New copyright law affects educators
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A new ruling from the U.S. Copyright Office will affect how higher education students and teachers can use digital material in the classroom, thanks to the proactive efforts a university professor who says that increasing digital literacy and student skills is a responsibility educators can't afford to brush off. More
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 newly released and updated tentative agenda 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


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.

 
 
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