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School district bus drivers could get higher retirement pay
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The Atlanta state's House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would increase retirement pay for public school employees, including school bus drivers. More

The NAPT MultiView News now available as an iPhone app
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NAPT understands the need to deliver timely, relevant industry news to its members. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create NAPT MultiView News, the association committed itself to delivering this additional news resource to industry professionals. That partnership now has expanded to provide another convenient avenue to receive this information. NAPT MultiView News is now part of the new MultiBriefs App, available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store. Simply search "MultiBriefs" in the App Store and download the app free of charge. After the MultiBriefs App is downloaded, you can add the NAPT MultiView News feed from the "Educationo" section. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. And just like the e-mail news brief, you may share articles with your colleagues via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. You can even bookmark certain articles as favorites to revisit at a later date. Feedback is appreciated and important to the success of the app, so please rate it in the App Store. More

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Creativity thrives in tough times. Learn what's working during the 19th National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers. Best practices training by recognized experts. Practical solutions; workable answers. Brainstorm with the best at our General Session: Special Needs Transportation in a Sour Economy: Avoiding Unintended Consequences of Retrenching.

Texting-while-driving bans suggested to states
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Federal safety regulators have proposed a set of guidelines for states to create laws that would ban text messaging while driving. More

School districts vary on bus seat-belt policies
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Legislators at Connecticut's state Capitol are considering requiring all school buses to be equipped with three-point safety belts after a high school student died last month when a school bus transporting kids on a field trip crashed down a 20-foot embankment on I-84. More

Arizona School District tests school bus Wi-Fi
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Many public buses and other forms of transportation are testing public Wi-Fi, with the Vail School District in Arizona now testing Wi-Fi on school buses. More

NTSB adds safety recommendations to 'Most Wanted' list
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The National Transportation Safety Board recently issued its 2010 federal Most Wanted list of Transportation Safety Improvements, adding rail, aviation and marine issues, and updating the status of other issues on the list. Additionally, NTSB removed the issue areas dealing with improved protection for school bus passengers and fatigue in the pipeline industry. More

$100 million education stimulus plan launched by Student Transportation of America
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Student Transportation of America (STA), the nation's third largest and most progressive school transportation company, today announced it has launched a $100 million Education Stimulus Plan designed to provide school districts across America with much-needed capital to invest back into education when they contract their school bus operations to STA. More

RAND report suggests scrapping gas taxes in favor of per-mile levy
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Congress should get rid of fuel taxes and move toward a system that charges road users for the miles they travel, a leading national research organization said recently. More

Cities prepare for life with the electric car
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If electric cars have any future in the United States, this may be the city where they arrive first. More

Specialized Trip Software Maximizes Efficiency
EasyBus is the only software company in the industry focused primarily on software for managing field trips and charters, and now offers a special discount for educational institutions. If you need trip or charter software written "Just For You," you can learn more about our products, sign up for a personal demo, and get pricing at MORE

U.S. House passes cybersecurity research bill
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The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a cybersecurity bill that calls for beefing up training, research, and coordination so the government can be better prepared to deal with cyberattacks. More

Smartphones under growing threat from hackers
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Smartphones are under a growing menace from cyber-criminals seeking to hack into web-connected handsets, but the mobile industry has contained the threat so far, security experts said. More

New system could avoid traffic jams
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Imagine knowing if a crash, construction project or sandstorm has caused a traffic jam so you would know not to drive into it. Imagine if traffic signals changed themselves to make it easier for you to go a different way. More

They're Simple! Effective! Convenient!

Espar Independent Heating Systems enable drivers to pre-heat their school buses offering warm starts, defrosted windows and a safe and comfortable environment for students, all without engine idling.

LaHood seeks federal texting while driving ban
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is fast becoming one of President Obama's most influential cabinet bosses, and not just because he's in charge of doling out billions of stimulus dollars. His passion now is switching off that glow in the hands of so many drivers. More

Fast forward 2020: The real car tech of tomorrow
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Ten years ago, talking to your car was a sign you had a screw loose, airbags were not purchased by the dozen, and electric cars were found in large quantities only on carnival midways and golf courses. Cars are certainly changing, and the rate of that change will only increase over the next decade. More

Cook-Illinois Corporation Among Greenest in Country
Cook-Illinois Corporation was the first in Illinois to switch to biodiesel fuel, create a clean air museum for kids and purchase a hybrid school bus. Check us out at: MORE

Special Announcments

Driver Training Course

The School Bus Safety Company's Driver Training Course was the first ever NAPT Recommended Product. Since then, the course has received great acclaim from many of the leaders in our industry.

"This is an outstanding course that can be used to help every operation raise their safety practices and reduce their risk of incidents and liability. In fact, I have never seen school bus driver training materials of this quality and detail and I recommend their use to all districts, Head Starts and contractors." - Ted Finlayson-Schueler, President, Safety Rules

"I am pleased to recommend this school bus driver program because I feel it is the best and the most comprehensive that I have seen. Feel free to use me as a reference." - Ed Donn, Industry Consultant, 247 Security Inc.

The course is now in use at more than 200 school districts and contractors including 13 of School Bus Fleet's top 100 districts and 5 of the top 15 contractors. If you would like to review the course, visit the School Bus Safety Company Web site at You can request a free demo disk and written materials to allow you to examine this product in detail.

Special price for NAPT members: As we all know, the knowledge and skill of the school bus driver is what makes our industry as safe as it is for the students you transport. That's why we negotiated on your behalf the lowest price possible for this product. NAPT members can purchase the entire course for $3,100 - this is a $650 saving from the regular price and and demonstrates one of the major benefits of being a member of NAPT.

We will continue to add NAPT recommended products to the range of benefits you receive by virtue of your membership in NAPT. Stay tuned for more announcements in the next few weeks.



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Gregg Marshall
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Gregg Marshall, CSP, CPMR, is president of Rep Connection Inc., a consulting company that works to help maximize the effectiveness of manufacturers and their professional outsourced field sales forces (reps), especially in the areas of electronic commerce and partner results optimization. He is also a frequent speaker and author. Rep Connection's Web site is


Zonar's new K12™
Industry leading Zonar Systems now offers its professional grade GPS/Vehicle Telematics platform at an attractive new price point. Zonar's new K12™ was built specifically for the pupil transportation market and is available to NAPT members for $135.00.
Synovia makes it simple for you to save time and money with your fleet – whether it's five or 5,000. Our Intuitive Fleet Tracking Technology™ allows our GPS solutions to transmit info in real time, including ignition on/off events, vehicle stop times and locations, idle times and locations and much more. For high value and unbeatable ROI, visit us online at or call 1.877.SYNOVIA.
Gatekeeper High Resolution Bus Video Systems with MAXVIEW™
Copy - Find It. Save It. Share It.™ You’ll be amazed at how easy MAXVIEW™ viewing software from Gatekeeper is to use. Find an incident, save it and share the information in seconds - it's that easy and you don't need to be a computer GEEK to figure it out - it virtually operates itself! Call today and learn how easy it is to get started with Gatekeeper® Toll Free 1.888.666.4833

Special Transportation Conference Countdown

More than 40 sessions, three 8-hour workshops, a bustling exhibit hall, and lemonade. Join us in sunny Orlando.  More.

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