NAPT MultiView News Brief
May 31, 2011

NAPT announces 2011 scholarship opportunities
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Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grants
NAPT Board President Dr. Linda F. Bluth and her partner Betsy Eisman are offering two field trip grants this year. While priority will be given to students whose schools were damaged by recent tornadoes, all NAPT members are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for the grants, valued at $250 each, is Oct. 1. For more info, log on to www.napt.org.

Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarships
Peter and Linda Lawrence have endowed four scholarships to defray the cost of conference registration. One scholarship will be offered to an individual attending the New York Association for Pupil Transportation/CYR Foundation Conference to be held July 17 to 20 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and three scholarships will benefit NAPT members attending the Annual Summit on Oct. 22-27 in Cincinnati. The application deadline for the NYAPT/CYR Foundation scholarship is July 1; the application deadline for the NAPT Conference scholarship is Sept. 16. For more info, log on to www.napt.org.

Zonar Scholarships
We are pleased to announce Zonar Systems is graciously endowing 10 scholarships for attendance to the 2011 NAPT Annual Summit in Cincinnati. Applicants do not have to be NAPT members; Zonar will include the cost for NAPT membership. The application deadline is Sept. 15. For more info, log on to www.napt.org.More

Report: Enrollment drop in private schools
Education Week
Student enrollment in private, religious schools has taken a sharp dip since the economic downturn, as district and public charter school enrollments continue to climb, according to the U.S. Department of Education's latest "Condition of Education" report.More

New mileage stickers include greenhouse gas data
The New York Times
The federal government recently unveiled new fuel economy window stickers, for vehicles starting with the 2013 model year, that for the first time include estimated annual fuel costs and the vehicle's overall environmental impact. The new labels, which replace a 5-year-old design that provided only basic information about estimated fuel economy, represent the broadest overhaul in the sticker program's 35-year history.More

Report: 'Green schools' benefit budgets, students
Education Week
A recently released report concludes "green schools" are better for students, teachers, the environment and the bottom line. Published by the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council, the report — which resulted from a three-day meeting at the Sundance Resort in Utah in November — details what mayors, superintendents and other local leaders can do to advance the movement for environmentally friendly schools.More

NHTSA to focus auto-safety work on preventing accidents
Bloomberg News
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. agency that issues rules intended to protect passengers when crashes happen, for the next two years will focus its automobile-safety work on preventing accidents, the agency's chief said. The regulator, which in January issued a rule intended to prevent passengers from being ejected in a crash, will examine blood-alcohol content detection systems and technology enabling vehicle-to-vehicle communications, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said at an Edmunds.com auto-safety conference in Washington.More

Website promotes alt-fuel vehicles
Fleet Owner
Drivers and managers can find educational information on alternative-fuel vehicles and environmental performance of vehicles at a new interactive eco website launched by GE Capital Fleet Services. The site is dedicated to alternative vehicles and services and offers information, tools and educational materials. It has dedicated sections for business solutions and driver solutions.More

Study blames 2,200 deaths on traffic emissions
USA Today
Traffic congestion experts have long warned that pollution caused by idling vehicles on crowded roads was harming Americans' health. Now, for the first time, researchers at Harvard University have quantified the damage: They say that congestion in the USA's 83 largest urban areas last year led to more than 2,200 premature deaths and a related public health cost of at least $18 billion.More

School bus made green in more ways than one
The Champion Newspaper
Through the efforts of Georgia Tech and Ford Motor Company, an Atlanta Public Schools bus serving Mary Lin Elementary is now green — literally and figuratively. The organizations are partnering on the nation's first conversion of a traditional school bus to a hydraulic hybrid vehicle that runs on biofuel created from used cooking oil. It is expected to be operational this summer. Mary Lin Elementary is in Atlanta's Candler Park area in DeKalb County.More

Feds to schools: Make sure ed-tech programs are accessible
eSchool News
K-12 schools and colleges should build accessibility into their specifications for technology, and they should evaluate whether new hardware and software can be used by all students, including those with disabilities, as part of their ed-tech procurement process, the federal Education Department said.More

US cities reinventing buses with bus rapid transit
Smartplanet
With buses accounting for about half of transit rides in the U.S., how can cities make their bus systems quicker and more reliable? A new report from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy identifies five U.S. cities that are trying to do just that. But what sets these cities apart from the average city bus service in the U.S.? The answer: bus rapid transit.More

School bus driver gives students a lesson in dedication
The Daily News
Harold McMullen was back on the job after 5 1/2 months recovering from a series of health scares. When he returned to work in March, he was down 65 pounds. McMullen missed the kids, missed driving Bus No. 200 and missed the daily schedule. "I didn't want to end up being a couch potato," he said. "I'm just happy I could go back."More