NAPT Dispatch
May. 26, 2015

National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest Rules & Poster Requests
'National School Bus Safety Week' is the popular, week-long event created and sponsored each year by NAPT, NASDPTS and NSTA to promote and emphasize the importance of school bus safety across the country. The centerpiece of National School Bus Safety Week is the National SBSW Poster Contest. Thousands of school districts in over 40 states participate in local and state-level competitions to select art work that depicts school bus safety-related themes and encourages and promotes school bus safety. The winning posters are used to promote safer school transportation for everyone.

For 2015, the poster contest rules have been updated. Click here for the 2015 Poster Contest rules. The 2015 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest theme is: "Bully Free Zone!". Students should draw this theme anytime between September 2014 and September 2015.

Although the National School Bus Safety Poster Contest and National School Bus Safety Week are interrelated, please note that they are two different events. The poster contest is for students ONLY. It's theme becomes the subject of National School Bus Safety week the year after the contest. In other words, the 2014 Poster Contest theme ("Be smart. Be seen. I wait in a safe place.") became the subject for National School Bus Safety Week this year. This annual event is held during the third full week in October each year (the 2015 NSBSW will be held from October 19 – 23, 2015). Copies of the 2015 National School Bus Safety Week poster are available by filling out a request form that should be returned to NAPT no later than September 1, 2015.More

New Strategic Plan for NAPT Coming Together
The NAPT Board of Directors is in the process of developing a strategic plan that will guide the work of NAPT’s staff for the next three years. Thus far, the Board has developed three overarching goals:

  1. Identify the needs of school transportation professionals and ensure that the association model meets their needs.
  2. Provide school transportation professionals with resources designed to improve their communication and decision-making capabilities.
  3. Develop the next generation of school transportation professionals.
The board met in Kansas City on May 16 to work on an action plan that includes specific steps the Board and staff will take to achieve each goal as well as performance metrics to track progress. Stay tuned for details as our strategic plan takes shape!More

Upcoming NAPT Webinars
Title: Celebrating School Bus Safety: Behind the Scenes of National School Bus Safety Week
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 27 @ 1pm ET
Presenters: Jackie Fields, Director of Transportation, Belton ISD (Retired); Joe Hart, Director of Transportation, Killeen ISD; Steve Kalmes, Owner, JSK Transportation Consulting; Bill Tousley, Director of Transportation Farmington Public Schools (Retired)
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members

During this webinar we'll discuss:

Reserve your space now!

Then join us in June! During this complimentary member webinar, America's Best Training & Skills Challenge Update, we'll discuss: Date & Time: Wednesday, June 17 @ 1pm ET
Title: America's Best Training & Skills Challenge Update
Presenter: Marshall Casey, America's Best Committee Chair
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members

Register now!

Missed one of the 2015 webinars? No problem; they're recorded and available in the 'Member Resources' area of the Members' Only section of the website. Log-in today.More

Get 5 KPIs instantly with NAPT's 3D website
It's as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Visit the 3D website
  2. Download a data worksheet and compile the necessary information
  3. Enter your information in the system.
The end result is 5 free KPIs instantly! The over-arching goal of this dynamic website is to encourage student transportation professionals to speak a common language and make more data driven decisions.

According NAPT President Keith Henry, CDPT, "One of our goals from the start has been to facilitate discussion and interaction among as many people as possible and give them a chance to participate in this project." More

Have you joined NAPT's LinkedIn Group?
Your industry colleagues are only a few clicks away! Join NAPT's LinkedIn members' only group and start participating in discussions, post articles and share information with fellow leaders in the industry. Take a look, and see what fellow members are buzzing about with NAPT on LinkedIn!More

Connect with NAPT
Let NAPT help you stay in touch with colleagues and up-to-date on industry news and interesting stories from around the nation.

  • Like NAPT on Facebook
  • Follow NAPT on Twitter
  • Connect with NAPT on LinkedIn
  • More

    A fresh look at school funding
    Center for American Progress
    Historically, public education has played a key role in growing the middle class and ensuring that all children, regardless of their backgrounds, have an opportunity to achieve at high levels. Unfortunately, the nation's current school finance system — primarily based on local property taxes in many places — exacerbates rather than ameliorates resource disparities between high- and low-income communities. With income inequality continuing to rise and wealth becoming increasingly concentrated at the top of the income distribution, it is more critical than ever for districts, states, and the federal government to take seriously their responsibility to provide an excellent education for all students.More

    Schools turn to propane buses as stricter emissions standards loom
    The New York Times
    For many Americans, propane is that stuff from the home improvement store that fuels backyard barbecues and patio dinners. But in a growing number of cities across the country, it is what gets children to school. Of the top 25 school bus markets, 19 have propane-fueled vehicles in their fleets, including New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and Phoenix. Boston just bought 86 of the alternative-fuel buses for the fall, while in the Mesa County Valley district in Grand Junction, Colo., administrators recently signed a five-year, $30 million contract that includes 122 propane buses.More

    School bullying, cyberbullying continue to drop
    U.S. News & World Report
    The percentage of students who reported being bullied or cyberbullied reached a record low in 2013, but female students are still victimized at higher rates, according to new data from the Department of Education. The department released the results of the latest School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, which showed that in 2013, the percentage of students ages 12-18 who reported being bullied dropped to 21.5 percent. That's down from 27.8 percent in 2011, and a high of 31.7 percent in 2007. The percentage of students who reported being cyberbullied also fell to 6.9 percent in 2013, down from 9 percent in 2011.More

    Scott Walker signs 70-mph speed limit law, pauses impact of state test
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation to raise the top state speed limit to 70 miles per hour as his administration announced that starting in June more than 700 miles of interstates would be marked up to the higher limit. Under the speed limit legislation, the state Department of Transportation is responsible for evaluating which segments of Wisconsin highways are suited for raising the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph.More

    Protecting student privacy in the digital age
    The Hill
    Schools may be winding down to the end of the school year, but as they do so, they are also ratcheting up the use of technology to bolster student engagement. Whether on a computer or in the cloud, digital tools are being used to help improve students' reading, writing and arithmetic skills. But as student information moves from folders in a cabinet to the folders in the cloud, we need to ensure that the enormous power of technology is harnessed to the benefit of students and not for any unknown means.More

    What you need to know when shopping for an ID card system
    Scholastic Administration Magazine
    Being in school every day is vital for a student's success, and with state funding associated with attendance, it is also important financially for school districts to minimize absenteeism. Improvements in ID card system technology are helping to streamline the attendance process in timely, cost-effective ways. Many districts have discovered that implementing such a system is well worth the commitment and investment, and others are finding that it's time to upgrade their current systems. There are a number of important factors to consider when you're shopping around for an ID card vendor/partner; here are some key elements to think about.More

    Suit: MITS buses should have 'stop-arms'
    The Star Press
    A lawsuit filed by a former Southside High School student suggests MITS buses should have "stop-arms," like those on school buses, to alert drivers that students are disembarking. In the suit — filed in Delaware Circuit Court 4 — Nicholas Friend says he riding home from Southside on a MITS bus on May 19, 2011, when he got off the bus on West Memorial Drive, between Lazy Creek Drive and Daly Street.More

    New Haven, Conn., city leaders hear suggestions on school bus safety
    City leaders in New Haven, Conn., met to listen to the community regarding safety on school buses. The meeting comes after an 8-year-old child was found unconscious on her school bus and later passed away after having a medical emergency. Parents, community leaders and activists met to make recommendations regarding the school district's transportation policies and procedures. More

    Should school districts allow ads on buses?
    CBS MoneyWatch
    An advertising watchdog group is urging parents to fight the growing popularity of school bus ads, arguing that they unfairly target young, impressionable consumers. The ads are allowed in New Jersey, Texas, Arizona, Massachusetts, Colorado, Massachusetts, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico, according to the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. Legislation to allow them was recently enacted in Georgia, and a bus ad bill is pending in Oklahoma. One recently passed the Indiana State Senate.More

    Why school leaders need the support of specific feedback to improve schools
    Connected Principals Blog (commentary)
    Every school has its own set of problems, there's no denying it. Many school leaders really value feedback from their teachers about areas for improvement. Even when leaders may not be seeking feedback, there is always a strong chance that someone will tell them what they think, or what "a group of people think", or even what "everybody" thinks. In many schools, processes have been put in place to support the gathering of feedback to assist school improvement.More