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The Final Agenda is here for the 38th NAPT Annual Conference & Trade Show, which will be held in Memphis, Tenn., from Oct. 20-25.

This year's Summit will feature over 45 different workshops, a 100,000-square-foot trade show with 125 vendors, top notch speakers and special events, including a red carpet awards banquet. Don't wait — there is still time to register! Visit our website at www.napt.org/summit for more information.

Join us — we'll have something for everyone! Watch our Memphis infomercial.

HOTEL INFORMATION
There are still rooms available at the Doubletree located on 185 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tenn., 38103. The phone number is 800-222-8733 or 901-528-1800. The deadline for the NAPT rate is Oct. 5.

Hotel and Travel Fact Sheet

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MEMPHIS MAP & TOURIST GUIDE: To flip the pages, click the corners of the booklet and plan where you'd like to go!

See you in Memphis!




INDUSTRY NEWS


A month to begin anti-bullying
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. With one incident of bullying every seven minutes, sadly, bullying is the most frequent form of violence that school-aged children encounter. In the 2011 documentary film Bully, film director Lee Hirsch, also a victim of bullying, gives us a window into the lives of five school-aged children who confront bullying on a daily basis. Their stories are unimaginably painful, but these stories are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The statistics on bullying are staggering. More

Doran Sleeping Child Check® Monitor

Avoid the traumatic experience and potentially dangerous situation from a child being left alone on a bus. If a driver fails to deactivate the Doran Sleeping Child Check® monitor and exits the bus, the horn will be activated to remind the driver to search to the rear of the bus.
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Safe Routes to School program receives national award
AASHTO Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The National Center for Safe Routes to School was recently recognized for its success in engaging communities across the country. The program received the Harvard Bright Ideas in Government award, which was created in 2010 to recognize and promote creative government partnerships. SRTS was chosen for the award for its ability to connect with various schools and communities to collect data regarding how children get to school and then tailoring its program based on those findings. More

CDC: Teen drinking and driving falls by half
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The number of teens who are drinking and driving has shrunk by more than half since 1991, the Centers for Disease Control report. Drinking and driving among teens in high school has fallen 54 percent in the past 21 years, the CDC finds. But it's still a problem. More

Veteran bus drivers talk about their decades with local children
Madison Journal Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Madison County, Ga., veteran school bus drivers, all with 30 or more years of driving experience, talk about the ups and downs of bus driving and why they all still love what they do. More

Compelling evidence that red-light cameras do make roads safer
The Atlantic Cities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hundreds of American cities use red-light cameras to police their intersections, but a few major ones have recently had second thoughts about the devices. More


Idling Gets You Nowhere

But an E-Guardian Heater Gets You…

  • Driver / passenger safety & comfort
  • Decreased fuel consumption & maintenance costs
  • A meaningful reduction in carbon emissions
  • Short R.O.I. and significant savings
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"The work you have done here is phenomenal. It is the best course work I have seen in my 40 year career in the school bus industry. The graphics are amazing, full of color, interest and on topic. I can’t praise the School Bus Safety Company and this course work enough." - Dawn Coffin, DOT Maine School district.
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New law may cost Maine school district hundreds of thousands
Seacoast Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Director of Pupil Services Jean Parsons recently warned the School Board that a new state law could cost the school district hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. The law, SB 300, changes the state's charter school statute and requires a student's resident district to pay to transport a special education student when his parents send him to a charter school outside of the child's home district, said Parsons. More

Medium-duty natural gas engine on the way
Fleet Owner Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cummins Westport has started developing a medium-duty natural gas engine for the school bus, medium-duty truck and vocational vehicle markets. The new engine will utilize the company's spark-ignited, stoichiometric cooled exhaust gas recirculation technology. Exhaust after treatment will be provided by a maintenance-free three-way catalyst, Cummins Westport said. More

Commercial advertising will soon be on New Jersey school district website and buses
South Jersey Local News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Major corporations such as Comcast and AAA may soon be selling their services via the Evesham Township School District. At its Sept. 27 meeting, the school board approved allowing commercial advertising on its district website and on school buses. More

Education chief wants textbooks to go digital
NPR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Worried your children spend too much time with their faces buried in a computer screen? Their schoolwork may soon depend on it. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently called for the nation to move as fast as possible away from printed textbooks and toward digital ones. "Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete," he declared. It's not just a matter of keeping up with the times, Duncan said in remarks to the National Press Club. It's about keeping up with other countries whose students are leaving their American counterparts in the dust. More

First Student tackles bus bullying
KREX-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
First Student in Grand Junction is confronting the issue of school bus bullying and is working with School District 51 to solve the problem. "It's probably my top priority because I want kids to feel safe and welcome on the bus," said Beth Rutter of First Student. Bullying numbers are actually down from this time last year. More
 
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