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Still time to register for first NAPT member webinar of 2015!
NAPT kicks off our free member webinar series TOMORROW. Register online!

During our first complimentary member webinar, Secrets of Subrogation and Maximizing Claims Collection, you'll learn:
  • why the School Bus Industry needs to focus more attention on auto accident claims collection
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  • how to recover damages on cases several years old
  • the benefits of outsourcing the claims collection work
  • a model procedure
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Date & Time: TOMORROW, Wednesday, January 28 @ 1pm ET
Title: Secrets of Subrogation and Maximizing Claims Collection
Presenter: Kevin Lowry, TranSubro
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members

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Plan ahead! Mark your calendar for our February webinar: Principles of Lubrication with Kenny Foley of Hydrotex on Wednesday, February 25 @ 1pm ET. Click here to register. Plus, take a look at the 2015 NAPT Member Webinar schedule.

NAPT preps for 'Love the Bus' month in latest NAPTV Episode
February marks 'Love the Bus' month, the American School Bus Council's (ASBC) ongoing campaign to raise awareness and appreciation for the hundreds of thousands of school bus drivers who safely transport children to and from school. Schools across America are encouraged to celebrate and students can participate by sharing stories about their favorite bus drivers and making interactive Valentine's cards to email or print and give to their bus driver.

Take a look at the latest episode of NAPTV and examples of how we both #LoveTheBus and #LiveTheBus. Every day in the month of February — yes, all 28 — NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin will be taking a photo demonstrating his love for the bus, and we challenge you to do the same! To officially participate in the contest, submit your photos each day to And help us spread the word! Post your photos to your Facebook and/or Twitter account, use the hash tags #LoveTheBus and #LiveTheBus and share your pictures on our pages @NAPThq.

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Brought to you by two of the biggest entities in the industry, School Bus Fleet magazine and the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT), the School Bus Xchange (SBX) is designed to connect a diverse, distinctive and influential group of public and private school transportation service providers with an equally select group of product and service suppliers for an exchange of information, ideas and solutions.

Applications for Public and Private Operators are now being accepted! The entire event is designed to facilitate the exchange of information, explore ideas, extend your network and expand your options. As a result, you'll build unique relationships that will last far beyond SBX — relationships that could change the landscape of your world. Apply today.

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School bus inspections coming, Patrol says
The Sedalia Weekly Observer
We see the flashing stop signals and the familiar stop arm. We recognize the big yellow motor vehicle. We know school buses have distinguishing characteristics recognized as being geared toward the safety of picking up, dropping off, and transporting children. But, do we know the measures taken to ensure all the safety equipment on buses — both seen and unseen — are working properly? The age of the vehicle determines how often, but, at most and by law, we will have to have a safety inspection done on those vehicles is every other year.
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Is Facebook the new school Web page?
EdTech Magazine
Why use Facebook for school-to-home communication? Your news feed may be littered with advertisements that are personalized to your perceived tastes in an all-too-creepy way. Facebook updates its privacy policies with as much frequency as NFL teams change their coaches. There is also the increased potential for misunderstandings when the wrong word or phrase is posted. Educators can avoid these issues by using only paper, email and a Web page to share school news and student learning.
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Virginia county's school bus fleet fight off the winter chill
Fairfax Times
Every year, Fairfax County, Virginia, school system's transportation staff wages an uphill battle against the cold winter weather. The school system must keep its fleet of 1,610 school buses ready to face the roads, but freezing temperatures create obstacles. When the air temperature drops below 20 degrees, that marks the threshold where transportation operations specialist Joey Welborn knows he has to worry. Even with a special additive the school system adds to the fuel to guard against freezing, temperatures in the teens can cause the fuel to gel and clog bus fuel lines.
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AUTO-JET MUFFLER Corporation has been manufacturing school bus exhaust systems since 1959. There have been many additions to bring it to its current size of about 65,000 square feet. Terry has also built a muffler manufacturing business that manufactures heavy duty all welded mufflers, United Muffler in London Ontario, Canada to compliment the tube bending business.

Helping the poor in education: The power of a simple nudge
The New York Times
There are enormous inequalities in education in the United States. A child born into a poor family has only a 9 percent chance of getting a college degree, but the odds are 54 percent for a child in a high-income family. These gaps open early, with poor children less prepared than their kindergarten classmates. How can we close these gaps? Contentious, ambitious reforms of the education system crowd the headlines: the Common Core, the elimination of teacher tenure, charter schools.
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How schools are tackling truancy
District Administration Magazine
District leaders across the country are broadening and personalizing their approaches to attendance because the old way of sending truants and their families to court often fails to bring students back to school. "It's important to get to the root of why students aren't coming to school and be able to align the solution with the problem," says Gerry House, president of the Institute for Student Achievement and a former superintendent. "If you take the punitive approach, more than likely you're not going to see any improvement in the attendance."
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Next stop, ubiquity? The benefits of Wi-Fi on wheels (EdTech Magazine)
Kids may snack on junk food on the ride home from school (Reuters)
How schools around the country respond to cold temperatures (The Huffington Post)
Battle lines drawn on annual testing in ESEA renewal (Education Week)
Pass stopped school bus? Bill ups penalty (WUSF News)

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Top 5 education trends for 2015
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
2015 is going to be an exciting year for learning, across all segments. Experts predict this will primarily be due to the mind-blowing convergence between learning habits and technology use. Changes and development in technology will define the way we learn in future as the "ed tech" market is steadily growing — it's slated to become a $19 billion industry by 2018. A look at some key trends in the news will perhaps show where we are headed and how we should prepare our students for the future.
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Tulsa, Okla., Public Schools approves bond for more buses
More school buses are coming to Tulsa, Oklahoma, after the school board approved spending on a $1.5 million bond. Officials said the money will also help keep school doors open when the temperatures drop below freezing. "With the cold weather that we had a few weeks ago, we have buses that may have a little bit more difficulty starting in the cold," said Chris Payne, with Tulsa Public Schools.
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What the new Common Core tests are — and aren't
The Washington Post
At a Senate education committee hearing on how the No Child Left Behind law should be rewritten, the subject quickly turned to standardized testing and whether the federal government should maintain NCLB's annual testing mandate. Witnesses and legislators talked about the amount of time students are tested, the stakes tied to the scores for students and teachers, and the quality of the tests. Tom Boasberg, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, praised new Common Core tests as being more sophisticated than earlier standardized testing.
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Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition, by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $19.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $29.99, plus shipping.

To order your copy, please email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at today! To learn more about the new Certification in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) click here.

Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition contains new and updated information, including useful definitions of transportation and related special education terms as well as characteristics of children with special needs and special considerations for transporting children with special needs. This popular publication also explains the legal basis for special needs transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and contains information about new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations.


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