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2015 #LovetheBus #LivetheBus Challenge winners announced
Throughout the month of February NAPT joined in the celebration of 'Love the Bus' month and challenged our friends and colleagues to show how they #LovetheBus #LivetheBus. Congratulations to this year's winners:
  • Darla Dicken of Oakwood CUSD #76 in Oakwood, IL — free registration to NAPT's 41st Annual Summit in Richmond, VA
  • Derek Graham of NC Department of Public Instruction — "Most Creative" Submission
  • Doris Bean of Glendale Elementary School District #40 in Glendale, AZ and Lisa Hunt of First Student in Lawrence, KS — Honorable Mentions for "Most Creative" Submission
Many thanks to everyone who celebrated 'Love the Bus' and helped raise awareness and appreciation for the dedicated professionals who transportation our students to and from school safely every day. Let's keep the momentum going all year long!

Join colleagues for March webinar
Participate in our next NAPT member webinar — Wednesday, March 25 at 1pm ET. Register online!

During this complimentary member webinar, Fighting Complacency: Making the 401st Opening of the Bus Door Different, you'll learn:
  • Understanding complacency and its dangers
  • How to recognize complacency in yourself and your employees
  • Strategies for combating complacency
  • And more!
Online registration is open!

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 25 @ 1pm ET
Title: Fighting Complacency: Making the 401st Opening of the Bus Door Different
Presenter: Keith Henry, CDPT, Lee's Summit R7 Schools (MO), NAPT President
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members

Reserve your space today!

SCAPT offering NAPT PDS Course later this month
During their March 27th meeting, SCAPT is excited to be offering NAPT's Professional Development Series (PDS) 208: Parent, Administrator, Board, and Public Outreach. This four-hour course presents tips on working with the media, school staff, community groups, and parents to promote an understanding of student transportation issues and needs. It details how to identify problems and develop appropriate messaging using both time-tested and innovative mediums. This is a valuable course for transportation managers who want to strengthen community relations.

Receive a course completion certificate from NAPT and register today. The cost of the PDS courses for credit and the course completion certificate is $20/member and $50/non-member.

If you have any questions regarding the NAPT PDS certificate registration, please contact NAPT headquarters at 800.989.6278.

If you have any questions regarding the SCAPT meeting, please contact

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: SafeGuard/IMMI, Trace Technology, Inc. and Spheros North America. 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.

SafeGuard/IMMI ( has been the industry leader in child and bus passenger protection for more than 30 years. Within the past decade, IMMI introduced belted seating under its SafeGuard brand to the U.S. school bus and motor coach industries. Utilizing CAPE, a modern crash-test facility, sophisticated engineering, and advanced manufacturing operations, IMMI develops and supplies innovative, proven SafeGuard restraint systems and seating solutions for customers worldwide.

Trace Technology Inc. ( provides the latest in HD Plug & Play mobile video cameras for public and private fleets. They are a privately held company with its head-office based in British Columbia (Canada). They sell to clients around the world and provide customers with the latest in fleet video technology. TTI understands the economic pressures on running and maintaining a fleet in these economically challenging times. Your budget is stretched with very little left for installing mobile video cameras onto your fleet. This is why TTI has developed mobile video cameras at more realistic pricing, and solutions that are easy to use, easy to install and easier on your budget. They are changing the industry view one client at a time.

Spheros North America ( is one of the global market leaders in the development and manufacture of engine-independent heating systems, water pumps, air conditioners and roof hatches, accompanied by comprehensive service. Air management in buses has always been their core expertise - for over 60 years. Spheros satisfies the most stringent requirements in terms of quality and reliability. Applying a high level of initiative power to stay ahead of the constantly growing demands of Spheros customers is the principle of their success. Their partners all over the world receive individual and, above all, cost-effective solutions which have been optimally tailored to diverse climatic conditions.

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Georgia lawmakers take action on transportation funding, school takeover plan
The Associated Press via The Republic
Georgia lawmakers took a step forward on two major priorities for the legislative session, with the House approving a multi-million dollar plan for transportation funding and the Senate backing Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to give the state takeover power for "chronically failing" schools. Both chambers have passed dozens of other bills since convening in January, but these issues have taken up much of legislators' attention since then.
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Measuring and understanding education advocacy
The traditional delivery system for public K-12 education in the U.S. is being disrupted by forces from without (e.g., forms of competition, including charter schools) and from within (e.g., new regulatory requirements, including meaningful teacher evaluation and the Common Core). As in any sizable sector of the economy, challenges to the status quo in education are often met by organized advocacy efforts. Because education in this country is by-and-large a public enterprise, champions of change and defenders of the status quo must turn to elected and appointed officials to advocate for their desired outcome.
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Transportation program focuses on special-education students
Making special education students comfortable with public transportation is the goal of a program being undertaken by the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools with the help of Rutgers University and the New Jersey Travel Independence Program, a travel-training course for students with disabilities. Dr. Tracey I. Maccia, MCVTS director of special education, said the effort promotes "a student's sense of independence and self-determination."
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House Republican leaders defer No Child Left Behind vote
The Christian Science Monitor
In a political embarrassment for Republicans, House GOP leaders abruptly cancelled a vote on a bill to update the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law after struggling to find support from conservatives. The bill would keep the annual testing requirements on schools but would give more freedom to states and districts to spend federal dollars and identify and fix failing schools. But conservative opponents said it doesn't go far enough to let states and districts set education policy. Such conservative groups as Heritage Action for America and Club for Growth are among the opponents.
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Westfield parents weigh in on school bus seat belts
The Westfield-Washington School District in Indiana is adding seat belts to six of its school buses for the start of a pilot program. Some Westfield parents contend that every school bus should have seat belts. The seat belts will be installed this summer, after kids are out of school. Officials say if the pilot goes well, Westfield schools will add more seat belts.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    A town where a school bus is more than a bus (The New York Times)
Bus app is a life-changer (MinnPost)
How can low gas prices be bad for the transportation industry? (By: Ryan Clark)
More conflict over cutting federal role in education (The New York Times)
Why more schools are letting their students sleep in (The Huffington Post)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

Traffic safety around New Orleans schools is failing, City Council told
The Times-Picayune
Transportation for students to New Orleans' public schools is in an abysmal state, plagued by skyrocketing costs and placing bus-riding schoolchildren in harm's way, according the latest findings of a working group established to study the issue. The group delivered its discoveries to the City Council, which had ordered the study after a 6-year-old boy was struck and killed a year ago while trying to cross Paris Avenue to reach a school bus. The driver, Arthur Toledano, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
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Study: Students in struggling schools more likely to attend, but misbehave
Education Week
As pressure increases for schools who miss accountability benchmarks, students become less likely to be late or miss class — but more likely to get into fights and get reported or suspended for misbehavior. That's the conclusion of a new study by Duke University researchers John B. Holbein and Helen F. "Sunny" Ladd, for the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research, or CALDER.
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Alternative transportation gets New Mexico school national attention
A small New Mexico school is getting national attention for being creative in getting its kids to school. Some of the kids who go to St. Mary's School in Belen now ride the Rail Runner. When the school was forced to cut its bus to Los Lunas, many parents had no way to get them to school so enrollment dropped significantly. So the school got creative altering its schedule to match the Rail Runner's. Now a bus drives a short distance to pick them up. Parent volunteers make sure they have a Chaparone each day.
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Gov. Baker's budget boosts local aid, transportation funding
The Salem News
Cities and towns would get more state aid and transportation funding while school districts also see more money under Gov. Charlie Baker's preliminary 2016 budget. Baker's $38.1 billion budget — his first as governor — boosts local aid funding by 3.6 percent during the coming fiscal year. It increases transportation funding by 20 percent. Meanwhile, Chapter 70 funding for local schools increases by about $20 per student.
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Should we replace textbooks with e-readers?
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
You might think the answer is a resounding "yes" in this digital age, but a recent report from The Washington Post has shown some surprising facts to the contrary. It seems that millennial students — who we think are buried in electronics all the time — are more attracted to the white pages of physical books than we thought. Their main reason? The awareness that they can retain information better when they read print. Still, proponents of e-readers say that the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
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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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