NAPT MultiView News Brief
Sept. 22, 2009

Is Personal E-Mail Subject to Open-Records Law?
from eSchoolNews
A case that will be argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in November could set a precedent that affects the way educators and other public employees use their e-mail. The court has agreed to hear a case that will determine whether the public's right to know what its government is doing extends to reading personal e-mails of teachers sent while at work--and legal experts say the employees in question, and all public school employees in general, might not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.More

Driving While Texting: Is It the New DWI?
from The Wall Street Journal
Here's one issue in these contentious times that almost everyone appears to agree on: Driving while typing out text messages on a mobile phone is dumb, potentially deadly and should be banned. So let's just ban driving while texting, right? Not so fast. Nothing's ever that easy, especially when powerful economic interests and different levels of government are involved.More

Panel Recommends 3-level Alerts for Terror
from USA Today
A special task force recommended that if the Obama administration keeps color-coded terror alerts, the number of colors and levels of risk should be reduced from five to three. The recommendations come after a 60-day bipartisan review of the often ridiculed color-coded terror alert system.More

Could iPhone Applications Change the Way We Travel?
from Slate
"Transportation is civilization," Rudyard Kipling once wrote. Today we're more inclined to express this equation with words like mobility and accessibility, but the spirit's the same: The flow of people and goods ("traffic and all that it implies," per Kipling) makes the world hum. But transit can feel uncivilized: We sit in congestion (wishing for the path less taken); we miss trains; we hunt for good places to park a car or a bike; we get lost.More

Principals Linked to Retention
from Augusta Chronicle
Thousands of teachers started their careers last month, and at the current rate two-thirds of them will have quit within five years. Slowing that exodus might seem impossible in a recession, when money for pay raises and equipment is scarce. But recent research shows the quality of principals has more to do with teacher retention -- and student performance -- than any other factor, including pay.More

Frisco, Other Dallas-area Districts Emphasizing Preschool Programs
from Dallas Morning News
Frisco's Early Childhood School. An $18 million building opened this year, an oversize red brick schoolhouse with knee-high windows and miniature toilets. The building is Frisco ISD's first location created specifically for eligible preschoolers and fills an expanding need for low-income and special education services. But it also represents a growing investment in early childhood education.More

Charter-School Advocates Sue State of Arizona for Equal Funding
from AZ Central
Arizona's leading charter-school advocacy group has filed two lawsuits to force the state to equalize funding going to all public schools, charter and district. The Arizona Charter Schools Association is funding the suits.More

Stricter Standards for Vehicles Announced by DOT and EPA
from AASHTO Journal
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation proposed a rule to improve vehicle fuel economy and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. This proposal represents the formal regulatory details proposed by the Obama administration after it reached an agreement with auto manufacturers in May to accelerate implementation of higher gas-mileage standards.More

Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grant Deadline: October 1, 2009

There is still time to apply for the 2009 Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grant! This $500 award will enable an NAPT member to provide a field trip for students in their community and enhance classroom studies in their school system. A downloadable application for the grant is available on NAPT Web site, scholarships. More

Get Involved in National School Bus Safety Week (NSBSW) October 19-23, 2009

If you haven't already, it is time to start preparing for National School Bus Safety Week, which will be celebrated from October 19-23, 2009. This year's theme is "Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm." The American School Bus Council has prepared a local outreach packet that includes a downloadable children's book and coloring pages that can be distributed locally and a template press release that can be modified to help publicize your local activities. Visit for additional information. ASBC will also be coordinating a national media outreach and would very much like to include mention of the things that are happening at the local level. If you are planning a special activity you think would be of interest to others, please contact ASBC at no later than October 5th to share your news about events going on across the country to celebrate SBSW. Finally, if you would like FREE posters to advertise NSBSW in your school and community, contact NAPT HQ at 800-989-NAPT (6278) or visit to download an order form.More