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Jan. 28, 2014

NAPT seeking Marketing & Communications Specialist

The National Association for Pupil Transportation seeks a creative, Web-savvy professional to assume the role of Marketing & Communications Specialist. Reporting to the Executive Director, NAPT's Marketing & Communications Specialist will assist in the development and implementation of marketing and communication plans that enhance the external and internal messaging and brand of NAPT. If you think you have what it takes to be our next Marketing & Communications Specialist, please contact NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin for the full and complete job description.More

Cold temperatures tough on big yellow buses
WNEP-TV
VideoBriefThe crippling cold is a logistical nightmare for folks responsible for getting students to school. A string of cold temperature days is tough on school buses and the people who operate them. Some school superintendents in the Archbald, Pa., area say they've delayed school on some of these cold days for a combination of reasons; not only for student safety but also to make sure the buses are ready to pick them up.More

New school bus driver e-learning program
Operation Lifesaver
Operation Lifesaver has announced that its new school bus driver e-learning program, which provides rail safety resources for school bus drivers, will be available soon. Visit http://oli.org/training/school-bus-drivers for more information.More

States weigh new plans for government windfalls
The Wall Street News
Governors across the U.S. are proposing tax cuts, increases in school spending and college-tuition freezes as growing revenue and mounting surpluses have states putting the recession behind them. The improving fiscal picture is coming in an election year in many places, which is further animating debates over whether to restore recession-era budget cuts, fund new programs or reduce taxes.More

Study: High schools with gay-straight alliances have reduced risk of student suicide
AlterNet via Salon
The presence of gay-straight alliance groups in schools reduces the risk of suicide among both LGBTQ and straight teens, according to a study published in the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies and funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research. Gay-straight alliance groups stem back to the late 1980's, when discussions of sexuality were much less open than they are today. GSA's have proliferated in universities and secondary schools since then, with the goal of creating safe spaces on campus for all students–regardless of sexual orientation.More

Bill requiring training for bus drivers, aides expires — revival plan is in the works
The Times of Trenton
Recently, time ran out on a bill in New Jersey that would have required training for school bus drivers and aides often ill-equipped to handle the challenges presented by special-needs children, but plans are already in motion to reintroduce the bill. Both the Assembly and Senate will have to start the hearing process over again. Assemblyman Dan Benson said he hopes both houses will be able to push the bill through quickly, but in the meantime, he will build grassroots support to educate the administration on the bill's necessity.More

Don't fear the feedback
By Michael J. Berens
Whatever form it takes, whatever the tone — positive or negative — feedback is valuable information, and someone in your organization should be scanning it for the nuggets it contains. More importantly, those nuggets need to be shared with the rest of the organization so everyone has a clear picture of what's working and what's not. More

Child dragged by school bus
WKBN-TV
For every trip, every mile, a school bus driver is solely responsible for the safety of his or her student passengers while they are on, or in close proximity to, the bus. The inattention of the bus driver in this case nearly lead to tragedy. PLEASE show this story to your school bus drivers and remind them that a bus SHOULD NOT MOVE unless and until the driver is certain every child is clear of the danger zone.More

Victim of distracted driver carries powerful message to students
The Buffalo News
The message "just hang up and drive" was recently delivered to nearly 1,000 students at Lake Shore High School in Angola, N.Y., by Jacy Good, 27, who survived an accident that killed her parents. The teen driver who hit their car was allegedly using a cellphone. Good said she cannot recall the accident but has had it retold to her by her brother and husband. More

Steering teen drivers out of harm's way
CNN
VideoBriefCar crashes kill 100 people every day and are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. Meanwhile, 90 percent of the crashes are caused by human error including drivers trying to do too many things at once. Parents around the country might not realize that there is technology available that can prevent a teenager from being able to text while behind the wheel, and getting to teens as they get their license or as they are insured under their parents' plan is key. More

Concerns over student data privacy widespread among Americans
THE Journal
A new national poll recently released shows that the vast majority of Americans have concerns about student data privacy and the potential use of such data for commercial purposes. In a survey of 800 adults conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group for nonprofit Common Sense Media, 89 percent of respondents indicated they are "very or somewhat concerned about advertisers using kids' personal data to market to them."More

BYU study: Gym-class teasing can turn children off exercise
The Salt Lake Tribune
It's clear that bullying can harm children's mental health, but a new study from Brigham Young University indicates it could also turn them off exercise. Healthy-weight children who are teased during gym class exercise less a year later, while overweight children's well-being is affected across the spectrum, according to the paper published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.More

Distracted driving: How dangerous is it?
The Boston Globe
A study published in early January in the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed what we've all suspected: Driving while distracted ups the chance of getting into an accident, especially for teens. So, how bad is it? Researchers installed cameras and other instruments in the cars of 42 novice teen drivers and 109 experienced adult drivers in Virginia and Washington, D.C., for up to 27 months. The drivers got into 685 crashes and near crashes, and the researchers used the monitors to try to figure out what went wrong. More

Analysts: US demand for oil rose 4-5 percent In 2013
Green Car Reports
With increasing energy efficiency in cars, homes, and industry, plus a surge in domestic natural-gas production, U.S. demand for oil is widely said to have tapered off and in fact begun a structural decline. Except that, as it turns out, last year it seems U.S. demand for oil actually rose by 390,000 barrels per day, according to the International Energy Agency. That represented fully one-third of the total global increase in demand.More