NAPT MultiView News Brief
Sep. 25, 2012

Former OCR attorney, Sunil H. Mansukhani, joins NAPT Panel to discuss student conduct on the school bus

Join us for this provocative NAPT Summit workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m. featuring Sunil H. Mansukhani. A principal at the Raben Group, a Washington D.C.-based public affairs firm, he recently joined TRG from the Obama administration, where he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

As part of OCR's senior management team, Mansukhani led the development of OCR's policy initiatives and data collection efforts. While he was at ED, OCR issued guidance in areas such as the consideration of race in K-12 and college admissions, harassment and bullying, sexual violence, documentation requirements for enrollment in public schools, athletics and equal access for students with disabilities.

Mansukhani brings a wealth of experience in education law, litigation and policy and has been a keynote speaker or panelist at dozens of national and regional conferences and trainings.

Mansukhani received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics, summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his J.D. from Yale Law School, and a LL.M in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center.

The workshop, entitled "Borderline Behavior: A Candid Discussion About Student Conduct on the School Bus," will be moderated by Peggy Burns, Esq., and will also include law enforcement professionals who will discuss the distinction between student behavior management and law enforcement.More

Peterson introduces legislation recognizing school bus safety, bus drivers
Office of Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Congressman Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., recently introduced legislation — H RES 798 — designating the third week in October as National School Bus Safety Week. Additionally, the bill designates Wednesday of that week as National School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day. More

AT&T chief speaks out on texting at the wheel
The New York Times
Randall L. Stephenson, the chairman and chief executive of AT&T, recently spoke at a conference in New York to hundreds of major investors, including Fortune 500 executives. The topic was the state of the telecom businesses, but he began with a request on a different topic: Please don't text and drive. More

Child Passenger Safety Week a reminder that safety seats are key to saving lives
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
At the Department of Transportation, safety is their highest priority, especially when it comes to protecting America's children. And whether you're dropping children off at school or going on a family trip, a car seat is essential to keeping your child safe. Recently, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland and Safe Kids President and CEO Kate Carr at Garrison Elementary School in Washington, D.C., to kick-off Child Passenger Safety Week, an annual opportunity to remind parents and caregivers to make sure that they are properly using their child safety seats.More

'X-Factor' judge Demi Lovato tells children to stop bullying
NY Daily News
Demi Lovato, the teen starlet turned "X-Factor" judge, recently turned two thumbs down on bullying on a visit to an East Harlem school for girls. Before a gaggle of spellbound ninth-graders at the Young Women's Leadership School, the brave brunette described how she got picked on when she was in school — and said mean girls aren't "cool."More

Bus driver's hobby helps little girl find her hearing
The Nelson County Times
It was a normal day for Jeff Ponton, a school bus driver and groundskeeper at Rockfish Elementary School in Afton, Va., until he and his metal detector were able to help out a young student and her teachers. More

Iowa students invited to share anti-bullying ideas
Iowa students are being invited to share their ideas on ways to prevent bullying with the possibility of making a little money for their schools in the process. Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds recently used their weekly news conference to announce a contest whereby all Iowa middle schools and high schools are being invited to submit a video about what their school is doing to prevent bullying and what more might be done to curb the problem. The effort is in conjunction with the governor's bullying prevention summit, which will be held Nov. 27 in Des Moines.More

Distracted driving safety effort has many partners
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
With America's youngest drivers now back in school, now is the time to educate them about the dangers of distracted driving. And to make sure they get the important safety message that one text or call can wreck it all, the DOT recently had very strong support from many terrific partners, most recently NASCAR, Front Row Motorsports, State Farm and AT&T.More

11-year-old stops school bus after driver suffers medical emergency, loses control
Naples Daily News
Jackson Bonar, a sixth-grader at Oakridge Middle School in Naples, Fla., is being credited with stopping a school bus on Sept. 18, after the driver suffered an apparent heart attack and lost control.More

Apps in the car? Survey says, not so much
The Wall Street Journal
Auto makers can't stop talking about streaming internet apps into the dashboards of new cars, but consumers may not share their enthusiasm, according to a new study by a unit of IHS Inc.More

Take risk of distracted driving seriously
Democrat and Chronicle
Distracted drivers have always been a danger on the road. Lighting cigarettes, applying makeup, even something as simple as changing radio stations can divert a driver's attention at just the wrong moment. But the explosion of hand-held technology has turned a persistent problem into an epidemic, both nationally and locally. Worse, many drivers don't acknowledge the danger in operating hand-held devices behind the wheel. If this life-threatening practice is to be deterred — as it must — driver attitudes must change.More

Fort Dodge middle school children practice fleeing to safety
Fort Dodge Messenger
Students at Fair Oaks Middle School in Fort Dodge, Iowa, recently practiced escaping from a bus in an emergency situation. "All the students at Fair Oaks school are going to go through a bus evacuation," said Roxanne Pogge, a Fair Oaks teacher. "It's required each year that they learn how to exit a bus safely in case there would ever be an emergency and they would need to use it."More

NAPT announces 2012 Scholarship opportunities

Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grants
NAPT Board Past President, Dr. Linda F. Bluth and her partner Betsy Eisman have bestowed two field trip grants this year. The first was awarded to fourth and fifth grade students from Fulks Run Elementary School in Virginia who will be traveling to the Jamestown settlement to explore Powhatan Village, the Jamestown Forts and other points of interest. The second grant will be awarded at the NAPT Summit, drawn from names of those interested from the Appalachian states.

Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarships
Peter and Linda Lawrence have endowed four scholarships to defray the cost of conference registration for NAPT members attending the Annual Summit on Oct. 20-25 in Memphis, Tenn. The lucky recipients are: Heather B. Handschin (VA), Rodney Williamson (VA), Marsha McAlister (GA) and Jackie Mitchell (CO).More