NAPT MultiView News Brief
Aug. 17, 2010

Bus seat belt rule proposed by Obama administration
Dallas Morning News
Two years after an early-morning bus crash in Sherman, Texas left 17 passengers dead along U.S. Highway 75, the Obama administration moved this week to require that commercial buses be equipped with seat belts. The proposed rule could become final as soon as this winter and would take effect three years after that. A federal requirement that commercial buses have seat belts would mark a milestone in what has been a decades-long fight by safety advocates and crash survivors to make highway bus crashes less deadly. More

New mobile application now available to Blackberry, Droid users
NAPT
Blackberry and Droid users can now join iPhone and iPod Touch users in accessing the mobile version of NAPT MultiView News Brief direct from the MultiBriefs app. For Blackberry users, visit the Blackberry App World and search "MultiBriefs." Droid users can go to the Android Marketplace and search "MultiBriefs." Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users should visit the Apply App store to search "MultiBriefs" and download the app free of charge. After it's downloaded, you can add the NAPT feed from the "Education" section.More

Fight to stamp out bullying, safe-schools chief urges
Education Week
This week marked the first week back to school for students in a number of cities. But not all children find this time of year a happy one, among them the one in three, or estimated 18 million, who will be bullied in school this year. Keep those children in mind as you continue your work, Kevin Jennings, the assistant deputy U.S. secretary of education for safe and drug-free schools, told advocates, educators, and researchers as he closed out the federal government's first anti-bullying summit. More

Bus driver training
District Administration
The bus driver overheard a middle school student say as he was walking off the bus at the end of the day, "I am going to get several of you tomorrow on the bus and blow you away for making fun of me." This illustrates the complexity of driving a bus in today's world. What should drivers do in this sort of situation, and what if they choose to ignore the seriousness of the situation? What training have they received that ensures they know their important role in school safety? While most training for drivers focuses on mechanical and safety issues, more needs to be done to educate bus drivers in the important areas of effective discipline management.More

Before charging school bus fees, districts must know state law
School Transportation News
As more and more school districts nationwide consider the option of charging parents for school bus rides as a way to stay out of the red, a recent survey of states shows that there could be laws or regulations in place that prohibit such revenue-raising efforts.More

Jonas Brothers join the fight against distracted driving
U.S. DOT
The Jonas Brothers' has teamed with Allstate's "X the TXT" campaign to help spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving. Surprisingly, Kevin, Joe, and Nick are not raising teen awareness of this deadly epidemic through a concert tour, but through a softball road-show featuring their team, the "Road Dogs."More

Counting carbon in transportation
Fleet Owner
Counting carbon emissions is becoming a very big deal in the global business community these days. Now, whether you agree with the hazards posed by carbon emissions in terms of climate change/global warming is almost beside the point. Not only are governments around the planet aiming to regulate carbon emissions, businesses are in many cases jump-starting their own carbon reduction efforts, and not just to stay a step ahead of potential mandates. More

25 ways to simplify your business
Entreprenuer
It's your typical day at the office. Like every other day, it started at 7:00 a.m. When you sat down with that first cup of coffee, you were hoping to get to work on some meaty stuff-strategic planning, ideas for that big project, a thorough review of your staffing needs for next quarter — the kind of long-term thinking that helps your business grow. But you'd barely gotten started when... it started. Urgent phone calls from clients. Personnel crises. Last-minute meetings. Suddenly, it's 7:00 p.m., and all you've done is put out fires. Want tomorrow to be different? Here's 25 easy ways to simplify your business so you'll have time for what really matters.More

Batteries a threat to airline safety?
UPI
Some batteries used in cellphones and laptop computers can catch fire or explode and may present a hazard to air travel, officials say. Concern about a possible terrorist strike caused flight attendants to confiscate 58 batteries from a passenger aboard an American Airlines flight leaving New York, according to USA Today. The lithium-ion batteries are generally safe for consumer use but could be rigged to make a bomb, Indiana University engineer Jian Xie said.More

New traffic signals make it safer for pedestrians
USA Today
A new kind of traffic signal in Delaware, the High-intensity Activated Cross Walk, or HAWK, recently became active and will make crossing Delaware 72 safer for students at the University of Delaware beginning this semester. Delaware joins a growing number of states and cities around the country with HAWK signals that allow people to cross a busy road, either at an intersection without a standard traffic signal or in the middle of a long stretch of road.More

Should all grades ride the same school bus?
Helium
The question whether or not all grades should ride the same school bus is one that brings out many different opinions and attitudes, but the final decision is based more on economics than anything else. When all of the chips are on the table, it is more economical to send one bus to pick up elementary and high school kids from a specific area and deliver them to their schools, than to send separate buses for each.More

Lack of knowledge stymies efforts to stop bullying
Education Week
Despite increased attention to the bullying of school-age children, researchers, school leaders and federal education and health officials say more research is needed to pinpoint effective anti-bullying practices.More

States eye license-plate cameras as source of cash
Stateline
License-plate readers, officially known as "automatic number plate recognition," were introduced to the United States in the early 2000s. The technology first came to toll booths, as a tool to catch toll cheats. Later, they became linked in to law enforcement databases. Though the use of this technology has caused much controversy, recently, Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania proposed using the tag readers to crack down on uninsured and unregistered drivers — the plan sparked waves of protest. The idea of using tag readers explicitly as a revenue-raising tool seems to have made many Pennsylvanians uncomfortable.More