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NAPT offers SNT Training Program at 2013 TSD Conference
The 22nd annual Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers National Conference will be held March 8-13, in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

The conference will offer attendees a wide variety of opportunities for learning, including educational sessions, workshops, a trade show and a competitive roadeo for bus drivers and attendants. In addition, the complete NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program will be offered on-site. Please check the detailed schedule here and make plans to attend the courses you need.

Those interested in receiving NAPT Special Needs Transportation Endorsement credits may register for the course offerings by visiting,, to download the "2013 TSD SNT Registration Form."

Any questions regarding the NAPT SNT registration can be directed to NAPT at 800-989-6278 or via email

For more information about the conference please visit the website:

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Latest graduates of the NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program
Congratulations to the following individuals for completing the NAPT SNT training program:

Nancy Storti — Douglas County School District, Parker, CO
Lisa Vasquez — Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
Anita Swindle — Shelby County Schools, Arlington, TN

The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program provides numerous opportunities for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities to access educational opportunities at both local and national conferences (like the aforementioned TSD conference) and to gain national recognition for their efforts.

The program has a core curriculum that consists of six special needs courses in a variety of different settings, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show of school transportation products and services. The core curriculum is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program. The syllabus for the core curriculum has been specifically designed to increase an individual's specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities. For more information visit our website at

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Southwest doubles previous service at Grand Rapids
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
Southwest Airlines plans to double its daily service to Grand Rapids, Mich., after absorbing AirTran routes into its system. The airline recently announced the move, saying the change takes effect Aug. 11 at Gerald Ford International Airport.
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Awards given in 2012 School Bus Replacement Rebate Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
In January 2011, the Diesel Emission Reduction Act was reauthorized through fiscal year 2016. A significant change in the reauthorization provided the Environmental Protection Agency with the authority to award rebates. The EPA is pleased to announce that applicant selections have been made for the pilot Clean Diesel School Bus Rebate Program. The response from school bus fleet owners was overwhelming — EPA received over 1,000 applications requesting more than $70 million in rebate funds for the $2 million allocated for the program.
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Why we are not doing enough about bullying
The Huffington Post
Olivia Busch, a 14-year-old high school student from Pennsylvania, writes, "Teasing, picking on, bullying. It all means the same thing. For my generation, bullying is probably one of the biggest issues we see in schools. I see both private and public schools insist that they are doing everything they can to decrease the amount of bullying happening in their schools, but is it enough? The truth is, it probably isn't."
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School officials optimistic of bus safety plan despite snags
Rutland Herald Online
It took 20 minutes for a Springfield, Vt., school bus driver to get students to sit in their seats recently, despite a new policy aimed at improving school bus safety. Transportation Committee Coordinator Lisa Hall insists that Project SAFE will reduce the number of students getting out of their seats during the ride and improve safety despite the snag they hit a week after the new program began.
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Schools to observe bus, bus driver month
The Bladen Journal
The 3,116 students in Bladen County, N.C., will be saying thank-you this month to their school bus driver. February is Love the Bus Month, and the week of Feb. 11-15 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Week. Bladen County operates 82 regular yellow buses each day, transporting 3,116 students and traveling 6,814 miles to and from school. In spite of all that time on the road, school buses are the safest form of transportation for getting children to and from school according to The National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Some 475,000 school buses carry 25 million children, more than half of America's schoolchildren each day, rarely with any serious accident.
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Price spike continues for diesel and gasoline
Fleet Owner Magazine
Diesel and gasoline prices continued to rise this week, jumping 9.5 cents and 18.1 cents per gallon, respectively, compared to the week of Jan. 28, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration. The agency added that retail pump prices for both fuels are up over 12 cents and 22 cents per gallon, respectively, over the past few weeks.
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Trans/Air Manufacturing Corporation is an ISO 9001 registered firm, manufacturing a full line of climate control systems for the school, commercial and electric/hybrid vehicle markets. Units, parts, service, training, warranty, and new or aftermarket installations are available through factory-owned operations or a network of distributors throughout North America.

Surveillance systems installed on Kilgore ISD buses
VideoBrief The wheels on the bus go round and round, and so do the cameras. Kilgore Independent School District-Texas has installed a state-of-the-art camera system in nearly all their buses. Each equipped bus now has three cameras keeping a watchful eye on students and drivers. The cameras will provide a permanent record of everything that happens in the buses, and if the students aren't careful, it may end up on their permanent record.
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Teen drivers talk about distracted driving contest
Impact Teen Drivers announces the spring 2013 launch of the Create Real Impact Contest. The Create Real Impact contest was created to encourage teens to start talking about what distracts them while driving. The contest requires an original and creative work that proposes a solution to reckless and distracted driving, which is the number one killer of teens in America.
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Ozark schools to better enforce safety procedures for buses, schools
Dothan Eagle
State and local safety procedures already pertaining to safety around school buses and school facilities were recently enforced when Ozark City Schools students returned to classes this past week, said city schools Superintendent Mike Lenhart. Lenhart said the district used the three days in which classes were canceled last week to review and exercise existing policies aimed at better protecting students both in school and on buses. He said among the changes is the enforcement of a 15-foot zone law that says no unauthorized person can be within 15 feet of a school bus at any time.
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Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition, by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $24.99, plus shipping.

Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition contains 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.

To order your copy, please email NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.

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