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Vote now for the Stop Bullying Video Challenge winner
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NAPT is among the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention that wish to congratulate the thousands of students who participated in the 2012 Stop Bullying Video Challenge. Nearly 900 videos were submitted! The field has been narrowed to 7 Finalists. We need your help choosing the winner. Please go to www.stopbullying.challenge.gov/submissions and VOTE for your favorite videos.



NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training #101 now online!
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We now have what you’ve been waiting for! SNT #101 has just been made available online along with our suite of PDS (Professional Development Series) courses. To get started on your SNT endorsement or to simply further your knowledge in the special needs transportation field, go to www.NAPT.org/online.

The NAPT Special Needs Transportation training program provides numerous opportunities for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities to access educational opportunities and receive national recognition.

The program has a core curriculum that consists of six Special Needs courses in a variety of different settings, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show of school transportation products and services. The core curriculum is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program. The syllabus for the core curriculum has been specifically designed to increase an individual's specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.

Congratulations to the following SNT graduates who recently completed the program:

Susan Shutrump
Trumball County ESC
Niles, Ohio

Kris Allen
Wasatch County SD
Lehi, Utah

Josy Campbell
Widefield SD #3
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Su Carlson
Loudoun County Schools
Leesburg, Va.

Jacqueline R. Mitchell
Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Thornton, Colo.

Heather B. Handschin, CSPT
Spotsylvania County Schools
Spotsylvania, Va.

Ashley Fussell
Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Virginia Beach, Va.


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Vendor Spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight
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Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve upon 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 three of 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. You never know, you may find just the right answer to a vexing problem.

Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: 247Security Inc., First Student Inc. and Unity School Bus Parts. Their logos will be posted for the next few weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.

247Security Inc.www.247securityinc.com provides and manufacturers mobile digital video recording equipment, security cameras and GPS data management applications; First Student Inc.www.firststudentinc.com transports 6 million students daily for over 1,500 school districts across North America; and Unity School Bus Partswww.unityparts.com offers aftermarket school bus parts that specialize in general body parts, safety equipment and products for children with special needs.


INDUSTRY NEWS


American School Bus Council hires new coordinator Markus Videnieks
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The American School Bus Council recently announced the hiring of Markus Videnieks to coordinate the execution of council priorities and lead various outreach efforts on behalf of ASBC. Prior to joining ASBC, Markus was a Vice President at one of Washington’s largest government relations firms, focusing on transportation issues as well as the legislative agendas of nonprofit hospitals and universities. More



Bullying prevention summit encourages action
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Cardinal Community students in Eldon, Iowa, have a motto when it comes to interacting with others in their schools: Do no harm. "It's something short, brief and simple we can remember every time we talk to someone, or write something online, to make us think, 'Is this a good thing I should be doing?'" said Cardinal junior Hannah Belzer, 16. Belzer was one of more than 1,100 people who attended the Governor's Bullying Prevention Summit on Tuesday at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. More

54.5 MPG and beyond: Fueling energy-efficient vehicles
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For many, refueling their vehicle can be disappointing. It's the only activity where consumers watch the cost add up, dollar by dollar, quickly eating up disposable income. And much of that money goes right out the tail pipe — only 14-26 percent of the energy from fuel is used to move a vehicle down the road. Fortunately, the Obama Administration's new national fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles will improve vehicle efficiency and save Americans money at the pump, all while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and growing the U.S. economy. More

MASH bus operator is driving for excellence
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The phrase "safety first" may sound cliché to some, but one Crawford County school bus driver in particular takes it to heart. As one of six winners of the 2012 Pennsylvania School Bus Driver Safety Competition, John Choffel Jr. goes beyond the call of duty, placing a daily student shipment in good hands on his regular route at Meadville Area Senior High School. More

Has your child ever been victim to money bullying?
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According to the National Education Association, 6 out of 10 teens witness bullying in school each day. Severity ranges from name-calling to threats to actual violence. We are all familiar with blatant bullying, such as the case of bus monitor Karen Klein of Upstate New York, who was bullied on the school bus. But bullying has many forms. Physical, psychological and cyber bullying get a lot of media attention. Money bullying is less sensational, but no less real. More


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School bus company to implement program to cut down on idling
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School buses in Higganum, Conn., and other towns across the state were seen idling for extended periods of time in the fall of 2011, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. To settle EPA's claims of excessive diesel idling in Connecticut and Rhode Island, a family of bus companies will commit to reduce idling from its school bus fleet of 7,500 buses operating in 16 states. More

Crayons saving lives: Children's art reminds America's truck and bus drivers to buckle up
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Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood writes, "As it is for many of us, this is one of my favorite times of the year. Of course I love the holidays, but I'm also looking forward to the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership's annual "Be Ready. Be Buckled." art contest. Each year our Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and its safety belt partners host this contest for kids who have a friend or relative in the truck or bus industry. Each year, we ask kids everywhere to use their artwork to show truck and bus drivers that safety belts save lives. And each year, America's kids deliver terrific safety-minded entries." More

Drivers beware: District may add cameras to school bus stop arms
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VideoBrief If you've ever thought about racing around a stopped school bus when late for work, you might soon find yourself caught on camera. The Bethel School District in Spanaway, Wash., may be the first to install three tiny cameras on the stop-arm mounted on school buses. The school board approved the idea and the district hopes to install the cameras by the end of the school year. "Our drivers need to focus on student safety," said Karen Campbell, Transportation Director. "They are not always able to see a license plate." More

Shuster won't rule out raising gasoline tax for roads
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Increasing the U.S. gasoline tax and instituting a levy based on miles driven should be options to pay for highway spending as cars become more fuel efficient, said Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., who will be the top House member overseeing federal transportation policy. "I'm not wedded to any options," Shuster told reporters in Washington. "We need to explore them all." Republican leadership recently chose Shuster to be the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman in the next session of Congress, which begins in January. More

Bullying leading to PTSD in some children
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A new study says that children who are victims of bullying can also suffer from PTSD and the effects can last into adulthood. The study found that about 33 percent of bullying victims suffer from PTSD. In addition, 40 to 60 percent of adults who have been bullying victims suffer from high levels of the signs of PTSD as well. More

US motorists on pace to spend a record sum on gasoline in 2012
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The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. this year never reached the highs seen in 2008, when the all-time record of $4.114 was reached. The 2012 average never even climbed as high as it was last year, when it hit $3.965, according to the Energy Department. But fuel prices have been so consistently high in 2012 that American motorists are on pace to spend more on gasoline this year — $483 billion, or $1.32 billion a day — than they ever have before, according to the Oil Price Information Service in New Jersey. More



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 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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