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Remembering Don Carnahan
For those interested in sending flowers or cards of condolence to Don Carnahan's family, please send them to the care of the Greenwood Memorial Park Funeral Home for delivery by Friday, October 17.
Many thanks to all of you for your kind words and remembrances of Don; they are very much appreciated by his family and loved ones.
NAPT will be honoring Don during our Annual Summit next month in Kansas City, MO.
NAPT Summit, come for the day!
Make the trip to Kansas City, MO on Tuesday, November 11 and join your colleagues for NAPT's Annual Summit. One-day registration is only $125 ... Register today! Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518.218.0867.
Spend the day with NAPT and see just how we continue Driving Innovation!
- Experience the biggest and best gathering of school bus manufacturers and transportation product suppliers under one roof as you navigate the Trade Show Floor.
- Salute our nation's veterans and hear how their military experience influenced their transportation career. Plus, Captain Scott O'Grady will share his courageous story of survival in hostile territory.
- Celebrate the past, present and future as we end the Summit on a high note during our 40th Anniversary Networking Party.
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NAPT launches expanded LED Program
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Chronic absenteeism can devastate K-12 learning
Education Week (commentary)
Warning systems exist to keep us out of harm's way. The car's dashboard light warns of low tire pressure; the urgent weather bulletin advises us to evacuate ahead of a storm. We are conditioned to take these warnings seriously and act upon them. Now, just weeks into the new school year, another warning system is sending a message to parents and educators: the early signs of chronically absent students.
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Why schools should screen their students' mental health
Schools should be a first line of defense for catching young people at risk for mental health issues from depression to ADHD, a pair of new reports says. Kids and adolescents spend a significant amount of their time in school, yet providing mental health screenings and care is not an overarching requirement for many schools. "We need to think about how to embed mental health services so they become part of the culture in schools," says study author Dr. Mina Fazel, a child psychiatrist at the University of Oxford. "It will take a commitment from health and education."
Florida's shrinking workforce
Florida has gone through some big changes in the past decade and it's been affecting how well the state functions. After years of job cuts in the state's public sector, Florida's state government is now operating with a lot fewer people. Even as the economy rebounds, state government isn't growing with it. In turn, state agencies have been under fire for not carrying out important functions effectively, which includes important work like helping vulnerable populations and protecting our natural resources.
School visitor management systems
District Administration Magazine
School visitors are no longer just writing their names in a notebook when they sign in. Districts are now scanning fingerprints and eyes to check if a visitor or contractor has a criminal record. The new methods not only provide background checks, but can also track how many times someone has visited a school, says Rick Hagan, CEO of Ident-A-Kid Services of America, a visitor-management software company. Districts can install computerized, self-service check-in kiosks that can prevent entry to a building or have an aide use visitor management software to register guests.
Easton Area School Board president would scrap bus cameras in favor of elementary guards
If the Easton Area School District has to choose between security cameras on buses and security guards in the elementary schools, the school board president would choose security guards.
The school district's chief operating officer in September recommended spending $142,000 on new cameras to replace the ones falling apart in the school district's bus fleet.
At the school board meeting Oct. 7, board President Frank Pintabone said he feels the money would be better spent on security guards.
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Which are the most educated cities in the US — and why?
By Archita Datta Majumdar
As education policies are being reviewed across the country, a recent survey shows us the most educated cities in the U.S. and their not-so-fortunate counterparts. It presents a clear picture of which states and schools districts have been more focused and whose efforts have paid off. The final picture depicts Ann Arbor, home of University of Michigan, to be the winner. The survey has acted as a wake-up call for many cities and school districts.
Children with dyslexia can succeed in school
The San Diego Union-Tribune
It's the most common learning disability, affecting roughly 1 in 10 Americans and 20 percent of school-age children. Yet in many cases, it goes largely undiagnosed. It's dyslexia, a language-based learning disability that results in problems with accurate or fluent word recognition, poor reading and decoding abilities. If left undetected, it can lead to frustration with school or low self-esteem. And while there's no "cure" for the condition, there are treatments that can allow those who have it to function as well others.
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International Walk to School Day promotes fitness, safety
The Washington Post
As Oct. 8 dawned, bright and sunny, it was a perfect fall day to walk to school. And that's exactly what hundreds of Prince William County, Virginia, children did — joined by some special escorts.
Students from about 30 schools across the county participated in International Walk to School Day on as part of an effort to promote physical fitness and safe routes to school. Fire and rescue personnel joined students, parents and community leaders in many neighborhoods for their walks.
New research suggests repeating elementary school grades — even kindergarten — is harmful
The Hechinger Report
The already muddy research on whether it's better to hold back struggling students or promote them to the next grade just got muddier. A new study, "The Scarring Effects of Primary-Grade Retention? A Study of Cumulative Advantage in the Educational Career," by Notre Dame sociologist Megan Andrew, published Sept. 26, in the journal Social Forces is an empirically solid analysis that adds more weight to those who say retention — what education wonks call repeating a grade — is ultimately harmful.
Plainville police use video cameras to enforce school bus safety rules
Who would drive past a stopped school bus? After all, it puts children in danger, it's against the law and carries a $465 fine.
Police Chief Matthew Catania figured there would be only a few violators each month, but that's not what police started seeing in September when they started checking surveillance videos from cameras mounted on some school buses.
"The number of violations we're seeing is amazing," Catania said "Ten some days. I never would have thought it. We want people to realize the law requires them to stop. We would rather have compliance instead of needing enforcement."
How stress affects the brain during learning
A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too.
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 nonmember 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 Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.
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