NAPT MultiView News Brief
Aug. 14, 2012

US gas prices spike — refinery problems cited
The Boston Globe
A surprise surge in gasoline prices is taking some of the fun out of summer. The national average for a gallon of gas at the pump has climbed to $3.67, a rise of 34 cents since July 1. An increase in crude oil prices and problems with refineries and pipelines in the West Coast and Midwest, including a fire in California, are mostly to blame.More

Education Secretary Duncan takes on bullying
The Department of Education recently held its third annual federal Bullying Prevention Summit in Washington, D.C. The goal of the event was to spread awareness and brainstorm initiatives to combat bullying, an ongoing issue facing many students. Bullying can result in tragic consequences including violent attacks, depression and even suicide. Several notables attended the summit including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett, actress Marlo Thomas and Lady Gaga's mom, Cynthia Germanotta. More

FMCSA's 'Fit, Willing and Able' policy aims to increase safety
Metro Magazine
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Fit, Willing and Able regulatory policy raises the safety bar for commercial truck and bus companies seeking operating authority by providing the specific criteria the agency considers when it grants, withholds, revokes or suspends a company's operating authority registration. More

Apps that curb texting and driving
Ever wonder how reckless your child is behind the wheel? Does the thought of them texting at 60, 70 miles per hour make you sweat? What about you? Are you guilty of the very thing you don't want your children doing? According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1 in every 10 highway deaths are caused by distracted driving. While texting behind the wheel is just one of the many distractions drivers have at their fingertips, the U.S. Department of Transportation wants it stopped.More

Sending your child back to school? It's going to cost you
Reuters via Yahoo News
Brooklyn's Juliette Posner remembers the exact moment she realized just how broke public schools really are. Her daughter Merone graduated last spring from Manhattan's LaGuardia High School, a performing-arts mecca and inspiration for both the film "Fame" and the TV series. But one day she came home with some surprising news. "The teacher ran out of paper," Posner, 35, says. "They didn't have any money for paper. I was like, 'Really?'" Such is the reality of U.S. public schools, which have struggled in recent years as cash-strapped states contend with gutted tax revenues. And when schools see their budgets disappear, administrators increasingly rely on another revenue source to make up the difference: Parents.More

A new program scours Twitter for school bullying
One of the challenges with nipping school bullying in the bud is that students are often reluctant to let teachers and parents know what's going on. Children think being labeled as a snitch will make their situations worse — if adults don't take bullying seriously sometimes those fears are well founded. But there's one place students lose their inhibitions and dish all the details of what's going on: Twitter.More

Why vehicle-to-vehicle communications will improve driver safety
Automotive News
Automakers and suppliers believe vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems someday will radically reduce the frequency of accidents. But if it takes as much as a decade or so to equip enough vehicles to make a dent in the accident rate, how do you convince car buyers that such a system is worth the cost?More

DOT consumer protections at work: Airlines set records for on-time performance, fewest tarmac delays
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
Today's Air Travel Consumer Report has terrific news for airline passengers: During the first six months of 2012, the 15 largest U.S. airlines posted the highest on-time arrival rate for any January-June period in the 18 years the Department has collected comparable data. More

School culture can contribute to bullying of LGBT, immigrant students
U.S. News & World Report
Jockeying for popularity and status within high school cliques can bring out the worst in teens. Students at the center of their social circles are often more likely to be bullies, and they tend to target teens they see as different or weak. More

American Red Cross offers tips for going back to school safely
Canton Daily Ledger
As another school year begins, the American Red Cross has steps that everyone can take to make the trip back to the classroom safer. Bus safety: If children ride a bus to school, they should plan to get to their bus stop early and stand away from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive. Read on for other safety steps recommended by the American Red Cross.More

NAPT joins the National Safe Schools Partnership

The NAPT Board voted at its meeting on July 28, to join the National Safe Schools Partnership, a broad and diverse coalition of organizations that have united in support of bullying prevention. Members of the National Safe Schools Partnership support the following recommendations that reflect consensus based on research and long-standing experience among education, civil rights, health, youth services and law enforcement organizations:


NAPT Awards Program — you still have time to nominate a member of your staff

The National Association for Pupil Transportation, together with support from our sponsors, is proud to offer an annual awards program to individuals and operators responsible for the safe transport of school children. Please consider nominating one of your dedicated staff, as we are accepting applications for the following awards:

Driver Trainer Award sponsored by IC Corporation — Established to recognize school districts with exemplary driver training programs. Deadline: Sept. 4.

Special Needs Transportation Award sponsored by Sure-Lok — Created to recognize superior special needs transportation service. Deadline: Sept. 4.

Heroism Award sponsored by Blue Bird — Established to recognize heroism or acts of courage relating to school transportation. Deadline: Sept. 4.

Continuing Education Grant sponsored by Thomas Built Buses — Founded to encourage professional growth in the student transportation industry. Deadline: Sept. 15.

Please log on to our website for applications and additional information:

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