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The survey says . . .
The results of our recent survey of NAPT members regarding bullying prevention were a real mixed bag. More than 250 NAPT members initiated the 5 question survey but only about 50 percent finished it. "That is not typical at all," said NAPT Executive Director, Mike Martin. "We usually have a much, much higher response rate and nearly everyone finishes one of our surveys once they start it."

Everyone answered the first question ("Are you aware of the training for school bus drivers (created by NAPT and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools) that was designed to help them prevent bullying on school buses?") and more than two-thirds of the respondents answered "yes." However, when asked "Have you visited the website and downloaded the training?", nearly one-third of survey participants skipped the question. "Again, that's not what we expected at all," said Martin. "We're trying to help the U.S. Education Department determine the need for additional training for transportation personnel and this type of result is not only disappointing, it is hard to explain."

On the upside, survey participants were from 35 different states and respondents ranged in size from districts/companies that have fewer than 10 drivers to those that have more than 1,000. "The majority of respondents had fewer than 150 drivers," said Martin. "That's not surprising but it's helpful nonetheless."

More than two-thirds of the survey participants indicated they have provided some form of bullying prevention training for their school bus drivers and more than three-quarters said that they have downloaded and used the training modules, "See Something. Do Something: Intervening in Bullying Behavior", and "Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying. "It appears there is a plethora of products in the marketplace, and although nothing seems to stand above the rest, the training we developed with the U.S. ED has clear value," said Martin.

The mixed bag of information derived from this survey is extremely useful in the grand scheme of things. "Feedback from our members is critical to our success," said NAPT President Don Carnahan. "We may be able to dig a little deeper here, find a specific issue that needs attention and entice the Education Department to help us again. When our members grasp the full extent of the power and influence they possess, they will guide us in the right direction."

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Maryland adopts new discipline rule to address racial disparities, suspensions
Education Week
The Maryland State Board of Education recently adopted new student discipline regulations following years of discussion about how the state can best reduce rates of suspensions and expulsions and address disproportionate rates of discipline for students from certain racial groups.
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Obama uses address to push K-12 agenda
Education Week
President Barack Obama announced no new education initiatives in this year's State of the Union address, telegraphing that his administration's K-12 agenda is set and that the focus has turned to implementing White House-driven initiatives now entering their final phase. The president placed education at the center of a broad strategy to bolster economic mobility and combat poverty — calling on lawmakers to approve previously unveiled proposals to expand preschool to more 4-year-olds, beef up job-training programs, and make postsecondary education more effective and accessible.
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Students finally get home after sleeping at school
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Hundreds of Atlanta-area students who were recently stranded overnight in their schools were finally sent home, a day after snowy and icy roads prevented them from leaving. More than 100 schoolchildren and 35 staff members including some parents and bus drivers spent the night at the school. Two movies with popcorn was served after a pizza dinner from the cafeteria. Some parents were able to come during the night and retrieve their children. Some even walked.
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Puppeteer, songwriter spread anti-bullying message
The Newark Advocate
VideoBriefBy day, Casey Claxon works in marketing, sales and advertising. By different day, he's a guitar-toting songwriter — traveling to elementary schools with his band of puppets to sing about bullies, how it's OK to be different, and how to stand up for one another. Casey and his mom, Joe Anne Claxon, run Casey and the Bully Busters. The duo recently spent the day at McGuffey Elementary School in Newark, Ohio, performing for classes of first-, second- and third-grade students.
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Florida pushes longer day, more reading in some schools
Education Week
Two years ago, Florida took a step no other state has taken to improve students' reading skills: It required its 100 lowest-performing elementary schools to add an extra hour to their school day and to use that time for reading instruction. Early results suggest the new initiative may be paying off. After only a year with the extra hour, three-quarters of the schools saw improved reading scores on the state's standardized test, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT. Seventy of the schools earned their way off the lowest-performing list altogether.
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School district to wait extra year to park buses
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
Due to a misunderstanding over the timeline of a required notification period, a central Indiana school district that lost its bid to end bus service at the end of 2014 will have to continue to provide transportation longer than previously thought.
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  Driver-Controlled Panic Button Promotes School Bus Safety
New feature works with Child Safety Alarm System™ to alert riders if vehicle attempts to pass stopped school bus

Transportation Safety Products, Inc. will roll out a revolutionary new safety feature to audibly and visually alert disembarking school bus riders if a vehicle attempts to pass a stopped school bus.

Study shows more pedestrians and bicyclists killed by distracted drivers
The Legal Examiner
Distracted driving is causing accidents not just between cars and trucks, but also between vehicles and pedestrians and bicyclists. A recent study by scientists at the University of Nebraska Medical Center found that deaths from these types of accidents are increasing. Researchers recommended lawmakers put into place new policies to protect pedestrians and bicyclists as they cross intersections and travel on roadways.
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The state of the minimum wage
President Barack Obama recently called on Congress, business owners and local representatives to take action to raise the wage floor across the country.

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Cold temperatures tough on big yellow buses
The crippling cold is a logistical nightmare for folks responsible for getting students to school. A string of cold temperature days is tough on school buses and the people who operate them.

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Child dragged by school bus
New Castle News
For every trip, every mile, a school bus driver is solely responsible for the safety of his or her student passengers while they are on, or in close proximity to, the bus. The inattention of the bus driver in this case nearly lead to tragedy. PLEASE show this story to your school bus drivers and remind them that a bus SHOULD NOT MOVE unless and until the driver is certain every child is clear of the danger zone.

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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NAPT MultiView News Brief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NAPT, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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New Zealand schools ditch playground rules, see less bullying among children
International Business Times
The principal at Swanson Primary School in New Zealand has banned playground rules and saw a remarkable decrease of bullying among children. Principal Bruce McLachlan stopped enforcing rules for children in the school playground and allowed them to ride skateboards, climb trees and play other games. The school children can play in the school's "loose parts pit" which contains junk wood, old tires and fire hoses. The removal of playground rules was part of an experiment conducted by researchers from Auckland University of Technology and Otago University who were looking for ways to encourage children to engage in active play.
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School district launches bus notification system and app
Frederick County Public Schools are the first in Maryland to launch a new high-tech bus notification system to let parents and students know about delays. Parents have recently been calling FCPS to complain about their children waiting out in the cold for a delayed bus, but those at FCPS hope their innovative idea makes that a thing of the past.
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The evolution of learning tools
eLearning Infographics
How have learning tools changed over the years? What is obsolete and what is still around? How do computer science, apps and social media impact learning today? The following infographic highlights just how far learning technology and tools have evolved with a collection of outdated educational instruments still used in the classroom and an interesting procession of tools used throughout the years.
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Southwest Missouri family protests against bullies
VideoBrief A Southwest Missouri family is calling for action against bullies in their school district. They claim their son was harassed on the school bus by older students, and school leaders failed to stop the bullying. Six-year-old Landon Pittman used to ride the school bus to and from school until his parents say they had no choice but to pull him off.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Steering teen drivers out of harm's way (CNN)
Bill requiring training for bus drivers, aides expires — revival plan is in the works
(The Times of Trenton)
Distracted driving: How dangerous is it? (The Boston Globe)

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