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NAPT 41st Summit, Will You Be There?
With members from all corners of the country registered, will you be joining them in Richmond? Register online today!
Why register? 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. Take a look at this year's session topics.
Plan your travel early. Visit the website for hotel and travel options to and around Richmond, VA.
We look forward to seeing you in Richmond, VA this November.
Goal three of NAPT's new Strategic Plan
Over the past two weeks we've highlighted NAPT's new Strategic Plan. Our final strategic goal is to increase the number of school transportation professionals who are NAPT certified.
As a first step, we are going to fully engage the NAPT Foundation in the administration of educational programs. The Foundation will be used to create new and update existing course content as well as improve the delivery of our courseware. Afterwards, we will collaboratively promote the value of NAPT education, especially to other national education organizations. Overall, we hope to elevate the profession through increased education and credentials and, in the process, groom the next generation of school transportation professionals, especially its leaders.
We've outlined an ambitious agenda, and it will take time to develop the specific, measurable, steps it will take to get us to the end game. If you have any questions regarding these exciting initiatives, please don't hesitate to contact your Region Director or NAPT headquarters at 800.989.6278.
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 online application 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.
NAPT Elections and Nominations Information
During NAPT's Annual Summit this November, elections will be held for the following:
To see who currently holds these positions and what states each Region covers, click here.
- Director — Region 3
- Affiliate Member Director
Pursuant to the Article IV, Section 4.21 of the NAPT By-laws: "Any person who wishes to be a candidate for…President-elect or regional director must be an active individual member as defined in Section 2.11 (1) and have completed two years as a member in good standing before he/she becomes eligible to run for the Board of Directors. Any person who wishes to be the Affiliate Member Director must be an affiliate member as defined in Article II, Section 2.12 and have completed two years as a member in good standing before he/she becomes eligible to run for the Board of Directors. An affiliate member is not eligible to be President, President-elect or a regional director."
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 Friday, Sept. 25.
- Anyone interested in running for President-elect must be nominated by two Individual-Active members. This seat may not be held by an Affiliate Member (also called a Business Partner Individual member)
- President-elect is selected by vote of all Individual — Active members
- Anyone interested in running for the Director – Region 3 position must be nominated by a minimum of two Individual-Active members from Region 3 of the association.
- Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.
- Anyone interested in running for Affiliate Member Director must be nominated by two Affiliate members (also called Business Partner Individual members)
- Affiliate Member Director is selected by vote of all Affiliate (Business Partner Individual) members.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED TO VOTERS — Official absentee ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters no later than Friday, Oct. 9.
ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than Friday, Oct. 30.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 10. Elections will be held in Richmond, VA on the Trade Show floor from 10am – 12pm.
Member webinar archives
NAPT has offered a number of interesting member webinars throughout 2015. Remember, if you missed any of our webinars, or want to listen again, they are all recorded and available in the 'Member Resources' area of the Members' Only section of the website. Log-in today.
September 30: Preparing Your Operation for Winter Register now!
October 28: Inside Washington: How and Why Democracy Begets Bureaucracy Register now!
Vendor Spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight
Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.
To help you find solutions, we highlight our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. Just click on the company logo to find out more.
Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: ASE, Easy Way Safety Services, Rifled Air Conditioning and Trans Tech Bus. Their logos will be posted for the next couple of weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.
ASE (https://www.ase.com/Home.aspx) is short for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Since 1972, ASE, an independent non-profit organization, has worked to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals.
Easy Way Safety Services (www.ewss.org) specializes in seat covers, foams, and child safety restraint systems including the Safeguard STAR Seat, BESI Pro-Tech, E-Z-On Vests, Cam Harnesses, Wheel Chair Tie Downs and School Bus Seats.
Rifled Air Conditioning (www.rifledair.com) supplies A/C products and a complete line of condensers and evaporators with unique rifled-tubing technology to the bus industry.
Trans Tech Bus (www.transtechbus.com) is the manufacturer of industry-leading conventional and environmental-friendly electric Type-A school buses. They are setting the pace into the future of the Type-A bus market and redefining school transportation. From their new aerodynamic body design to their convenient versa track seating system you will find features like these and many others standard on all models.
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Federal government shutdown on the horizon?
When Congress returns from its five-week summer break Sept. 8, lawmakers will scramble to avert a government shutdown before Oct. 1, when the curtain closes on the current fiscal year. To do so, they'll have to broker a deal to either continue current spending levels for a certain period of time — something known as a continuing resolution, or CR — or hash out a broader, all-inclusive spending plan called an omnibus. They could also settle on a combination of the two, in which they agree on an all-inclusive spending plan for a limited period of time, a hybrid fiscal fix known inside the Beltway as a "cromnibus."
NYC's crackdown on e-bikes: What this means for riders, owners
By: Ryan Clark
After years of utter confusion about the legality of electric bicycles in New York City, the police have finally been given the order to bring down the hammer on the e-bike community, handing out tickets to or seizing bikes from owners. This will prove devastating for recreational e-bike riders and those who use the pedal-assist transports for business, as the city’s previous ban had been initially unenforceable for 12 years. Now, what are e-bike riders expected to do?
Effort to pass a Missouri transportation funding plan to resume in 2016
Missouri transportation officials say the state still needs a way to pay for full maintenance of its highways and bridges, and are hoping for a solution from the legislature in 2016. Several legislators have indicated that the issue will be a priority in the next regular session. A proposal to increase Missouri's fuel tax didn't come to a vote in this year's session. Senator Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, told Missourinet he will offer a bill again in 2016 and as the chair of the Senate's transportation committee he will entertain any other proposals that are offered.
Kentucky restraint lawsuit focuses attention on school resource officers
The widely publicized case of a 3rd grader shown cuffed at the arms by school-based sheriff's deputy is just the latest example of why such officers need to stay out of school discipline, says the head of a national group of school-based resource officers. "Officers that are not properly trained are getting pulled into these situations," said Mo Canady, the executive director of the National Association of School Resource officers. "School discipline is not the role of the school resource officer."
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Kansas underfunded education and cut tenure. Now it can't find enough teachers to fill classrooms.
The Huffington Post
Kansas school superintendent Alan Cunningham has been involved with hiring teachers for the past 35 years. In that time, he has never had a harder time filling positions than this year. Qualified applicants for job openings in elementary schools or physical education "used to be a dime a dozen," Cunningham said. Now Cunningham's school district, Dodge City School District, is starting the school year with teachers in those positions who are not fully certified. "We've had to go to substitute teachers," said Cunningham.
Mendez says transportation funds should be on fast track
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez has little patience for congressional gridlock holding up much-needed transportation projects, given its impact on economic growth, he said. During a meeting Wednesday with economic and development officials throughout the Southeast, Mendez warned that the lack of new transportation funds threatens the strength of communities across the U.S. and the nation overall. Corporations seek expansion where infrastructure can support their workforce and transportation needs, he said.
Red flags on the road to ESEA rewrite
"The pundits told us it would never happen — that Republicans and Democrats will never agree on a way to replace No Child Left Behind." So said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., just hours before the U.S. Senate did just that — passing its own version of an Elementary and Secondary Education Act rewrite with overwhelming bipartisan support July 16. But sending a final bill to President Barack Obama's desk — at least one that he's willing to sign — will be an entirely different challenge.
Republican irresponsibility on transportation funding
The Arizona Republic
The House and Senate recently passed a three-month extension for federal transportation funding because they are at an impasse on a longer-term bill. The House wants to negotiate corporate income tax reform with the White House and use the tax proceeds from repatriated overseas profits to underwrite transportation funding. The Senate passed a hodgepodge of supplemental measures to boost the transportation funding pot. These are both terrible ideas. Instead, the role of the federal government in transportation should be reduced, if not extinguished.
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What the new education buzzwords actually mean
Education writing is famous for its alphabet soup of acronyms and obscure terms, but it could just as well be faulted for trafficking buzzwords in search of clear definitions. Ideas like grit, motivation, fitting in and learning from one's mistakes — often summarized as noncognitive factors — are just some of the concepts that are coming up more frequently these days. A new paper from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching provides definitions for many of these new terms, which arose in part because of the recent push by psychologists, economists and education experts to delve more deeply into what compels students to understand complex new material.
With technology, schools try to level the economic playing field
In the middle of one of Miami's poorest and toughest neighborhoods, there is a computer lab with free wireless Internet for Liberty City residents who would otherwise go without the technology. But when Cecilia Gutierrez looks at how residents are using the Web connection her nonprofit provides, she's disheartened. "They're going to social media sites. They're not using it to get ahead, unless they're being guided by us," said Gutierrez, CEO of the Miami Children's Initiative.
Lack of spending Michigan's K-12 problem? Probably not
The Detroit News
Michigan's public schools are lackluster. Students here continue to fall behind on national standardized tests. So more money must be the answer, right? That's the solution most often given by teachers unions, school administrators and Democrats. But plenty of studies, including one done in conjunction with Harvard's Program on Education Policy and Governance, have shown that there is no strong correlation between spending more on schools and the results those schools get.
Study: Billions of dollars in annual teacher training is largely a waste
The Washington Post
A new study of 10,000 teachers found that professional development — the teacher workshops and training that cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year — is largely a waste. The study by TNTP, a nonprofit organization, found no evidence that any particular approach or amount of professional development consistently helps teachers improve in the classroom. "We are bombarding teachers with a lot of help, but the truth is, it's not helping all that much," said Dan Weisberg, TNTP's chief executive. "We are not approaching this in a very smart way. We're basically throwing a lot of things against the wall and not even looking to see whether it works."
When parents are the ones getting schooled by the Common Core
"It feels like a dark time," wrote the comedian Louis C.K. in a tweet last April. "I'm pissed," he wrote in another, a few minutes later. C.K. was, indeed, very, very angry. And this time, it wasn't his own "yucky" existence that was making him fume. Rather, it was a different kind of "massive stressball" irking him: the Common Core State Standards. In his now-famous rant, the middle-aged father of two lamented the controversial academic benchmarks and the accompanying onslaught of rigorous testing in New York City's public schools, where his daughters were enrolled. Specifically, C.K. was exasperated by the Common Core's overhaul of math — a subject his kids, he noted, once loved.
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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