NAPT MultiView News Brief
Jul. 24, 2012

US pump prices up 11 cents in July; Oil rises above $92 for first time since May
The Washington Post
Rising tensions in the Middle East have pushed oil prices up 19 percent over the past three weeks and are leading to a rise in prices at the gasoline pump. Since the start of July, average gasoline prices in the U.S. have climbed 11 cents to $3.44 per gallon. Pump prices are expected to creep higher in the coming weeks, and they aren't likely to fall back to their June low of $3.33 for the rest of the summer, analysts say.More

Child heatstroke prevention depends on adults
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
Since early April, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been working hard to protect our nation's most vulnerable passengers — young children — from the dangers of heatstroke. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle related deaths for children under the age of 14, with at least 33 fatalities reported in 2011 alone. NHTSA's first-ever national campaign to prevent child heatstroke in cars seeks to save lives and spare America's families the heartache of a tragic loss.More

Encourage children to report bullying
If a child is shoved down and laughed at every day on the school bus or in the school bathroom and no adult is there to see it, is it still a case of bullying? Of course it is. But nothing will be done about it unless the bullying is reported to school administrators by the child, a parent or a teacher.More

Be extra careful driving around buses
Kearney Hub
Drivers in Nebraska face stiffer penalties for failure to stop for a school bus that is loading or unloading passengers. As of Jul 19, there is a mandatory $500 fine and a loss of three operator's license points if convicted of such a violation.More

Teen court program tackles bullying, hate crimes
Los Angeles Times
A new offshoot of Los Angeles' teen court program focuses on hate and bullying — and tolerance and reform. Defendants face juries of their peers: fellow teenagers.More

Center on Education Policy survey: Stimulus funds saved education jobs, states still slow to implement reforms
The Huffington Post
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act showed promise to assist education, but some of its results have yet to be realized. While education stimulus funds largely saved or created jobs in public education, ongoing state budget deficits have slowed the implementation of reforms tied to federal stimulus money, according to a recent report by the Center on Education Policy. Still, federal support blunted the recession's effects on K-12 education.More

SchoolReach offers $100,000 in anti-bullying grants
THE Journal
SchoolReach has launched a $100,000 grant program to help schools implement its CyberBully Hotline, an anonymous bullying reporting tool. The hotline is an anonymous two-way communication tool designed to prevent and reduce bullying. Students can call in or text when they see bullying taking place and school representatives can provide support and instruction for dealing with the situation. Both students and the school staff responding remain anonymous.More

New school buses in Miami-Dade go green
VideoBriefChildren in Miami-Dade, Fla., will have something extra to be excited about when the new school year starts: a fleet of new buses. 255 new buses, which will replace some of the oldest ones in the fleet that date back to the mid-90s, look pretty much the same on the inside and outside. But one of the more significant features, and a huge goal the Miami-Dade School District wanted to meet, was for the new buses to be environmentally friendly and fuel efficient.More

At DOT, greener transportation includes roadways
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood writes, "At DOT, we know that by making our infrastructure smarter and greener, we can give our environment a break while still keeping the public moving safely, growing our nation's economy, and reducing congestion. And that commitment to better air quality is not limited to transit and bicycling; it also includes the important work we do on America's roadways."More

A difficult legal process for getting new traffic safety signage leaves some Moorhead, N.D., residents seeing red
When it comes to the safety of his children, Scott Burtsfield isn't interested in playing games. But due to a blind corner near his 33rd Avenue South home, he was doing just that – dodging cars on a daily basis like everyone's favorite eight-bit frog. "I just got tired of playing Frogger," said Burtsfield. "And I was concerned about my children, my neighbor's children and the neighborhood."More

NAPT members lauded for photos

Congrats to NAPT members who were recently chosen for their photographic prowess in the School Bus Fleet Photo Contest:

Christopher Zeitvogel, APO AP
Connie Noll, Snohomish, Wash.
Katrina Falk, Hope, Ind.
Debbie Zambrano, Colorado Springs, Colo.

To see their handiwork, visit the link to the pictures:

NAPT announces 2012 scholarship opportunities

Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grants
NAPT Board Past-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 reside in the core Appalachian states of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, all NAPT members are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for the grants, valued at $250 each, is Oct. 1. Log on to for more information.

Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarships
Peter and Linda Lawrence have endowed four scholarships to defray the cost of conference registration to NAPT members attending the Annual Summit on Oct. 20-25 in Memphis, Tenn. The application deadline for the NAPT Conference scholarship is Sept. 14. Log on to for more information.

Zonar Scholarships
Zonar 10 — We are pleased to announce Zonar Systems is graciously endowing 10 scholarships for attendance to the 2012 NAPT Annual Summit in Memphis, Tenn. Applicants do not have to be NAPT members — Zonar will include the cost of NAPT membership. The application deadline is Sept. 14. Log on to for more information.

Zonar $50,000 Equipment Grant
NAPT and Zonar are jointly sponsoring a $50,000 grant competition, for state of the art, fleet management technology that will enhance a school district's safety security and efficiency. NAPT will accept and evaluate applications from NAPT members for a single award or multiple awards of $50,000 worth of equipment/hardware provided by Zonar Systems Inc. The filing deadline is Sept. 14 to NAPT. Log on to for more information or consult your Zonar Account Manager at