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New distracted driving video from Michigan DOT
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VideoBrief The following realistic distracted driving video and 30-second public service announcement was produced for the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan by the Michigan Department of Transportation as part of a campaign to raise awareness among teens and young adults about the dangers of distracted driving. More

FAA: Air travel to nearly double in next 20 years
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The airline industry, which traditionally has run in boom-and-bust cycles, has a good chance to be profitable over the next 20 years as demand for air travel grows worldwide. And good news for passengers: Airfares will rise relatively slowly over that time. More

Minnesota School District reaches agreement on preventing gay bullying
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After years of accusations that it had failed to stop antigay bullying and a spate of student suicides, Minnesota's largest school district has agreed to sweeping changes designed to prevent harassment based on sexual orientation in a plan that federal officials call a national model. More

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Seat belts coming to Helena, Mont., school buses
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Helena will be the first school district in Montana to require seat belts on its buses. Helena School Board members approved a seven-year contract with First Student Bus Service to include three-point seat belts on all of its buses. Helena School District transportation manager Tom Cohn noted, "They are an added safety for our students and we just think it was worth the cost." More

Student safety in the age of Facebook
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"If one life is saved, then it's worth it." That is the clichéd argument frequently used to justify banning electronic communications, websites and other forms of technology in schools. The common belief is that these prohibitions will prevent, among other things, the sexual assault of minors or suicides related to cyberbullying. But that argument can be turned on its head and also applied to unfettered access. The "one life" saved could be that of the young student who reaches out through email to a teacher for help when pondering suicide, or the child who is found via Facebook after a killer tornado. More

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Gas prices must come down, consumers say
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An overwhelming number of consumers — 85 percent — say President Barack Obama and Congress should take "immediate" action to keep a lid on prices. After nearly four weeks of daily price increases, regular gasoline averages $3.76 a gallon nationwide. More

Distracted driving - we all need to help stop it
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Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2010 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. The single most important way to end distracted driving is through education. Read the statistics, think about them and most importantly share them with your family, friends and teens. Together we can make a difference. More

Proposal allows bus drivers to use 'reasonable' force
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After a Sumner County bus driver was arrested for assaulting a student, only to be cleared of all the charges, Rep. Mike McDonald, D-Tenn., decided to draft legislation giving school bus drivers more rights, especially when the intention is to keep students safe. Fights are already dangerous, but when it happens on a school bus it puts everyone including the driver at risk. More

Obama touts alternative fuels, efficiency to cut oil use
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President Barack Obama recently touted policies that his administration is pursuing to cut vehicle oil use, ranging from fuel-efficiency standards to deployment of alternative-fuel vehicles, amid ongoing political debate over gasoline prices. He took his ongoing campaign for an "all-of-the-above" strategy to a Daimler Trucks North America plant in Mount Holly, N.C., that makes trucks that run on alternative fuels. There he proposed boosting tax incentives for the deployment of alternative-fuel vehicles and a competitive program to get companies to boost their use of vehicles running on natural gas, electricity and other unconventional fuels. More

Students demand the right to use technology in schools
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Technology education experts have argued about how using technology for learning may in fact deepen the divide between wealthy and low-income children. Students who have access to technology and are encouraged by teachers and parents to leverage it for new ways of learning, the argument goes, will leap even further ahead than low-income students who are forbidden to use it in public schools. Those arguments were recently personified in the collective voices of students from Morningside, Crenshaw, Roosevelt, Locke, and Manual Arts high schools, who presented their case at the Digital Media and Learning conference in San Francisco. More


Meet us in the Land of Blues & BBQ!
Save the dates for our 38th NAPT Annual Conference & Trade Show, which will be held in Memphis, Tenn., from Oct. 20-25, 2012.

This year's Summit will feature 50 different workshops, live action special events, a 100,000-square-foot trade show with 150 vendors and top notch speakers.

Our featured speaker this week is the former Phoenix Fire Department Chief, Alan Brunacini. This legendary fire chief has had a dramatic impact on the American fire service. He is lauded not solely for his technical expertise; but also his superior mentoring abilities and exceptional customer service mantra: "That's the only reason we exist: To provide that level of service to our customers. We have to leave them with a positive impression with the (statistically) one opportunity that we get..."

Sure to be a conference attendee favorite, join us for this compelling event!

Alan Brunacini joined the Phoenix Fire Department in 1958. He served in every department position and was promoted to Fire Chief in 1978. Brunacini retired in 2006.

He is a graduate of the Fire Protection Technology program at Oklahoma State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science and an Master of Public Affairs from Arizona State University. The retired fire chief is the past chairman of the board of the National Fire Protection Association and the N.F.P.A. Fire Service Occupational Safety Committee (standard 1500.) He is the immediate past chairman of the N.F.P.A. Career Fire Service Career Organization and Deployment Committee (standard 1710.)

The author of Fire Command, Command Safety, Timeless Tactical Truths, Essentials of Fire Department Customer Service and The Anatomy and Physiology of Leadership, Brunacini is currently working on several other fire service books.

He and his two-firefighter sons currently present workshops, seminars and conferences to many fire departments throughout the country on various topics.

New NAPT State Affiliate Membership opportunity
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The NAPT Board of Directors is pleased to announce that state associations for pupil transportation can get more support from NAPT than ever — and — at lower prices, effective immediately!

Every state association for pupil transportation that affiliates with NAPT can now host a webinar, create and lead workshops at the NAPT Summit and even receive discounts on Summit registration. Your state association can also be an NAPT Education Partner, which means you can offer NAPT PDS classes to the members of your state association for less money and without burdensome administrative responsibilities. Finally, if you need or want us to help you with registration for your state conference or other local events, we can do that too. We think you'll be pleased with your options, which are detailed on our website — just click here. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us here at HQ by dialing — toll free — 800-989-NAPT (6278).

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