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#LovetheBus #LivetheBus challenge continues!
All month long NAPT is celebrating ‘Love the Bus’ with our 2015 #LovetheBus #LivetheBus challenge. Show us your love for the bus! 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.

Still time to register for February member webinar: Principles of Vehicle Lubrication
Mark your calendar for next Wednesday, February 25 at 1pm ET for the next NAPT member webinar. Register online today!

During this complimentary member webinar, Principles of Vehicle Lubrication, you'll learn:
  • The science of friction & lubrication
  • Properties of lubricants
  • Selecting the right lubricant
  • Lubricant management
  • And more!
Online registration is open!

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 25 @ 1pm ET
Title: Principles of Vehicle Lubrication
Presenter: John Cummins, Vice President Product Technology, Hydrotex
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members

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Idling Gets You Nowhere

But an E-Guardian PLUS heater gets you…
  • Driver / passenger safety & comfort
  • Decreased fuel consumption & maintenance costs
  • A meaningful reduction in carbon emissions
  • Short R.O.I. and significant savings

Vendor Spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight
Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.

To help you find solutions, we highlight our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. Just click on the company logo to find out more.

Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: Freedman Seating Company, REI, School Transportation News, and Transfinder. Their logos will be posted for the next few weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.

Freedman Seating Company ( manufactures seats and seating related products for many different applications. Their product lines include bus, rail, marine, delivery truck, specialty and commercial vehicle seating. FSC has become a leading supplier to the U.S. domestic bus and transportation industry. Manufacturing seats for buses, FSC supplies the major OEMs, over 250 bus distributors, the federal government, and many states and municipalities. The family of FSC bus seats includes products for small and mid-size coaches, paratransit vans and buses, public transit buses, and private bus operators.

REI ( is a vertically integrated manufacturing corporation located in Omaha, Nebraska. For the past seventy years, we have made quality, service and value our primary objectives by providing products and services designed with our customers in mind. What began as an automobile radio service center in 1938, REI now offers an extensive line of quality commercial electronics for thousands of manufacturers, suppliers and operators in the transportation and agriculture industries. Their Audio/Video Entertainment Systems, Surveillance Systems, Radios and Accessories are all made of durable, industrial quality components.

School Transportation News ( is a monthly news and feature magazine serving the field of pupil transportation. It was first published in September of 1991 by founder Bill Paul, who held the title of editor and publisher of the magazine until 2007. Paul reported on the pupil transportation industry for nearly three decades, previously serving as the editor publisher of School Bus Fleet and Metro magazines. He is also the founder of the NASDPTS Suppliers Council and is a member of the NAPT Hall of Fame.

Transfinder ( was founded in 1988 and headquartered in the capital region of New York State. They are a national leader in student transportation management systems and services, offering routing and scheduling solutions for optimal transportation logistics. Used extensively by over 1,500 school districts in 47 states, Transfinder is the industry leader in several states, including Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, and Texas. The company also holds approved vendor status in Idaho and Illinois.

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Albany County, NY, dad crusading for school bus safety
The school bus was stopped. The red lights were flashing. The car kept going. Darryl Carl, a father of twin 9-year-old boys, watched in shock last fall as a car passed their stopped bus on School Rd. Luckily, the boys were not crossing at the time. "To have the potential for my children, or anybody's children, to be hurt or killed because a driver failed to stop for a bus is completely unacceptable," Carl told NewsChannel 13. After that incident, Carl began recording his children's bus stops with his cellphone. He caught three cars passing the stopped bus in the span of five days.
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EPA program helps schools purchase cleaner, safer buses
The Washington Post
An Environmental Protection Agency program is aiming to help schools across the country retire 210 aging buses, replacing them with cleaner, safer vehicles with filters that significantly cut certain types of emissions. The Arlington, Va., school system is one of the beneficiaries of the school bus replacement rebate program and will receive $100,000 to help with the purchase of five new school buses that will hit the road in the next school year, said David McCrae, the district's transportation director, who oversees a fleet of 154 vehicles. Buses cost an estimated $90,000 to $100,000 each.
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US reviewing seat belts on school buses
The Detroit News
The new head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reviewing the government's longtime opposition to mandating safety belts on school buses and is looking at the issue on commercial buses. In a Detroit News interview after an event on school bus safety at an elementary school here, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said he has convened a group within the agency to study the issue that NHTSA has been reviewing since 1977.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    New schools app tracks buses (Star Tribune)
Here are the states that spend the most on public school students (The Huffington Post)
Wheels on the bus don't go round: 65 percent of Maine school buses fail inspection (Bangor Daily News)
Transportation issues bar many San Francisco families from school choice (KQED)
New Jersey conflict: Proposal to sacrifice school funding for transportation infrastructure (

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Legislation allowing service animals on school buses gets final approval
Englewood-Englewood Cliffs Patch
A bill sponsored by Senator Bob Gordon and Senator M. Teresa Ruiz that would permit service animals on school buses for students with disabilities was approved by the full Senate. The bill, S-2601, builds on the existing law that allows a student with a disability to have a service animal in school buildings and on school grounds. This bill would permit a student with a disability to bring a service animal on a school bus.
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President's 2016 budget proposal could revive EETT program
EdTech Magazine
President Barack Obama's proposed 2016 budget allots $200 million to revive a program that helps school districts gain a stronger footing in an increasingly digital world. Under the revamped Enhancing Education Through Technology program, states would provide educational technology grants to local model school districts to make sure educators "have the skills and tools to use technology effectively to improve instruction and personalize learning," according to the U.S. Education Department's Office of Educational Technology website.
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Who should advertise on New Jersey school buses?
A somewhat overlooked law in New Jersey has the potential to provide needed revenue to state schools. More and more New Jersey school districts are allowing advertising on their school buses. Gov. Christie signed the law into effect two years ago. "People are in line with looking to advertise on a bus because our bus travels through a multitude of communities," said Jackson School District Superintendent Stephen Genco. According to CBS New York, Genco said Jackson has earned $20,000 from school bus advertising in the past seven or eight months, "and we haven't really been all that aggressive."
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Glimmer of hope in 8-year battle to replace No Child Left Behind
The Christian Science Monitor
The eight-year effort to reauthorize No Child Left Behind, the controversial bill that sets federal education policy, has come down to a battle over testing and accountability among some odd bedfellows. All sides agree that an updated law is an urgent necessity. But the question of what role standardized tests should play and how to hold underperforming schools to account divides deeply.
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Support for sleeping in? Half of parents favor later school start times for teens
Medical Express
Should teenagers be able to hit the snooze button one more time before school? Ask their parents and half say they would support later school start times, according to University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. More schools across the country are exploring delayed school start times as research shows benefits for adolescents' physical and mental health, including reduced risks of obesity and depression. The poll was conducted in November/December 2014, following last year's recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics that middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later.
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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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