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NAPT Special Needs Transportation training program reaches milestone
The NAPT is pleased to announce that Patricia Dorado has become the 50th graduate of the Special Needs Transportation program! She is an employee of Adams County School District 14, Commerce City, Colo.

The comprehensive program is a blend of classroom, hands-on activities and independent study. Currently, graduates of the program hail from 16 U.S. states and Canada.

"As the NAPT Special Needs Transportation Program Administrator, I am delighted to share the news about our first 50 individuals to complete the Special Needs Transportation Training program leading to a professional endorsement," acknowledges Dr. Linda F. Bluth. These transportation professionals have participated in a unique training program promoting education and learning about multiple aspects of transportation services for students with disabilities. Participants in the program have had the opportunity to be educated by national leaders and learn about up to date industry practices and facilitate their critical thinking and communication skills."

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 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.

To access more information about the NAPT SNT program, including a detailed program description, application and SNT brochure, visit here.

To see the list of current graduates visit here.

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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."

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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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NAPT PDS and SNT courses available at many upcoming conferences
For NAPT members interested in pursuing career development, certification and recertification, and/or the NAPT Special Needs Endorsement, we will be announcing dates and locations of our course offerings throughout the year.

For anyone that wants to receive NAPT credit for PDS or SNT course offerings at upcoming events, and an official course completion certificate from NAPT, please click on the specific location you are interested in (below). You'll be taken to a registration page that details all the information you need, including a link to the conference site.

OASBO (Ontario Association of School Business Officials): OASBO Course Web Link

TAA (Transportation Administrators of Arizona): TAA Course Web link

VAPT (Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation): VAPT Course Web link

ASTSBC (Association of School Transportation Services of British Columbia): ASTSBC Course Web link

MAPT (Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation): MAPT Course Web link

The NAPT Professional Development Series is the industry's only comprehensive training program designed exclusively for school transportation professionals; offering nearly 40 different courses for the classroom and many are now available online.

Visit our website: NAPT PDS page.

The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program was created to encourage individuals involved in school transportation to enhance their knowledge about transporting students with disabilities and promote excellent leadership skills for the community of transportation personnel serving children of all ages with special needs.

For more information, click here: SNT Brochure.

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Large school corporations look at transportation cuts to help cope with property tax caps
The Associated Press via Goshen News
Would you be OK with letting your child walk two or more miles to school? That may soon be a reality for many families in Elkhart County, Ind., following news that several of the county's largest school corporations will take major hits to transportation, capital projects and bus replacement funds for the 2013-14 school year due to state-mandated property tax caps.
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Congress, help fight bullying
VideoBriefSen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., writes, "CNN and the Cartoon Network's presentation of the AC360° special feature, "The Bully Effect," spotlight a serious issue affecting children across our nation. The film underscores the damaging consequences of bullying and the need to prevent and respond to it. Lawmakers have a responsibility to ensure that our schools are safe, which is why I have made addressing this problem a priority in the United States Senate. I firmly believe that all children have a right to an education free from fear of being bullied. The denial of this basic right is a betrayal of children who simply want to learn."
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I asked myself, had I done all I could?

Everyone agrees that children are precious. After a terrible accident we all met and asked ourselves if we could have done more? We had trained our drivers the same way for years. No one had ever questioned if it could have been improved. Did we teach safety best practices? Did we teach defensive driving? Now it was too late. Here is what you can do
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School bus cameras get green light for hearing
Southern Maryland News
A public hearing will be held on a proposal to allow cameras on school buses in St. Mary's County to catch violators failing to stop for flashing red lights. The St. Mary's County Commissioners recently embraced the idea forwarded by School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano and Sheriff Tim Cameron. A law passed by the Maryland General Assembly last year gave counties the option of utilizing the cameras. Frederick County was the first in the state to initiate the cameras and Charles County is also considering it.
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Fleet tracking: Top 4 common misconceptions
By Ryan Driscoll
Despite the benefits of GPS tracking, many companies are hesitant to implement a fleet-tracking solution because of some common misbeliefs. One of the biggest worries when it comes to implementing GPS tracking is that your drivers will feel they are being unfairly watched, or that they are not trusted as faithful employees. Once you — as well as your employees — understand that GPS tracking is intended to benefit your company from the bottom up, you will be on the right path for a strong and profitable future.
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New York Senate passes child protection school bus bill
The New York State Senate recently passed a bill that would keep dangerous criminals off school buses. The legislation passed on March 4, prohibits people convicted of crimes involving children, sexual-based offenses and drug offenses from being a school bus monitor. The bill also prevents individuals convicted of "Leandra's Law" from driving a school bus.
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Demand for wireless networks, tablets will grow, district officials say
Education Week
Over the next three years, district technology officials say they expect to place an increasing emphasis on strengthening wireless networks, and on the use of tablets, a new survey reveals. The percentage of district tech officials who identified tablet usage as a top priority jumped to 40 percent in 2012 from 25 percent a year ago, according to the survey, released by MDR, a provider of marketing information and services for education. Tablets rose to the third-highest area of priority. The second-highest area of priority was server virtualization, cited by 51 percent of respondents.
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Florida sheriff's office stresses motorist safety around school buses
The Palm Beach Post
After two different school bus-related crashes in two days where Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials say in both cases the motorists driving the other cars ran red lights or stop signs and hit school buses, the sheriff's office is again stressing the need for motorists to follow the rules to stay safe around school buses.

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Researchers find that billboard advertising distracts drivers
In recent years, it's become increasingly clear just how dangerous distracted driving can be. Mobile carriers like AT&T have implemented programs to encourage drivers to stay off their phones while driving, while Verizon is working in Washington to drive legislation to get tough on these distracted drivers.

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NAPT PDS and SNT courses available at many upcoming conferences
For NAPT members interested in pursuing career development, certification and recertification, and/or the NAPT Special Needs Endorsement, we will be announcing dates and locations of our course offerings throughout the year.

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Bus safety project honors Iowa student killed in crash
VideoBriefA project that could help keep your children safer around school buses is moving forward and expanding in Iowa. It has to do with knowing where your child is around the bus. The bus safety project is in honor of 11-year-old Justin Bradfield. Bradfield was struck and killed by his school bus October 31, 2011, near Janesville after he stepped in front of the bus to pick up something he'd dropped. A Janesville student started "The Smile BIG Project" in his memory last April to add motion sensors to school buses to prevent similar accidents. Soon, that technology will start being tested in three school districts.
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Program plans to use simulator to educate public on distracted driving
The Eagle
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens, and several of those crashes are a result of distracted driving. In 2011, cellphone use was a factor in 3,147 Texas crashes, 40 of which were fatal, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. In an effort to curb distracted driving among teens and twenty-somethings — specifically texting and driving — the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Passenger Safety Project was awarded a $20,736 Good Neighbor Grant from State Farm to purchase two portable distracted driving simulators.
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Bullying and body image: How bullying leads to eating disorders
The Huffington Post
Bullying can have long-lasting results on the bullied, and in some cases, may lead to eating disorders, according to U.K. Charity Beat. Susan Ringwood, CEO of Beat, suggests the rising link between bullying and eating disorders is due to the fact that young children are more susceptible to having a negative self-esteem as a result of bullying. "We know that low self-esteem can lead to eating disorders," said Ringwood. "And bullying of any kind lowers self-esteem."
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Mother wants school-bus drivers trained to use EpiPen
Hartford Courant
VideoBriefAfter a frightening episode when a school-bus driver gave a store-bought cookie to her son, who has food allergies, Erin Spaulding of Branford, Conn., started to feel that there is a dangerous gap in transportation procedures in some of their towns. Although Rhode Island has a law allowing school-bus drivers or monitors to administer an EpiPen if a child is having an allergic reaction, Connecticut has no such stipulation and policies range from district to district. Eating is not allowed on the bus, but Spaulding says those rules aren't always enforced. This mother, whose children are allergic to foods such as eggs and nuts, is on a mission to help her children, Conor and Caroline, and many others.
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Schools shift from textbooks to tablets
eSchool News
Well before the cleanup from Superstorm Sandy was in full swing, students could read about the weather system that slammed the East Coast in their textbooks. Welcome to the new digital bookcase, where traditional ink-and-paper textbooks have given way to iPads and book bags are getting lighter. Publishers update students' books almost instantly with the latest events or research. Schools are increasingly looking to handheld tablets as a way to sustain students' interest, reward their achievements and, in some cases, actually keep per-student costs down.
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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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