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2014 NAPT Summit exhibitor information now available
Dear NAPT Business Partners and Exhibitors,

Our first Board Meeting in January was very interesting on my part. I was very impressed with the meeting agenda and procedures the board followed for suggestions and decisions. I felt that I learned a considerable amount regarding the board functions and the part of your Affiliate Member Director.

Prior to the meeting I had two requests from NAPT Business Partners that were presented to the board. One was the lunch during the Trade Show and the other was a request for email addresses of registered delegates. Both were approved, and are covered in the Trade Show information packet. The packet and all pertinent information can be found at or by clicking here.

The 2014 NAPT Summit is going to be exciting with the changes made to the schedule and opportunities for NAPT Business Partners. It will give us more opportunities to visit with delegates both on a social basis, in workshops and during the Trade Show hours.

Our next Board Meeting will be later this spring or early in the summer, so if there are suggestions or questions that you would have me submit to the board — please let me know.


Dwight Gleaves, Affiliate Board Member Director
12920 Senlac
Farmers Branch, TX 75234

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School buses: Your choice ... their ride
Imagine a world with less traffic, cleaner air and more affordable transportation. These are just some of the benefits that school bus ridership provides. While school buses are one of the safest ways to send your children to school, there are many good reasons that make them a growing choice among parents for their children's school commute. Find out what you don't know about school bus ridership.
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Biodiesel seeing wider adoption in US
Green Fleet Magazine
Biodiesel saw wider adoption in 2013 as use of ethanol blends slowed among biofuel users, according to a federal report released this past week. Soybean oil remains the leading feedstock in biodiesel in 2013, making up more than half of all biomass resources used to produce biodiesel, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Biodiesel consumption has seen incremental growth since the early 2000s and wider adoption since 2012, according to the EIA.
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Multiple threats lead to 5-hour lockdown at Maryland high school
VideoBriefThere were tense moments recently at South Carroll High School as multiple and alarming threats of violence against students meant an hours-long lockdown that started right before dismissal. The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said it began receiving telephone calls around 2 p.m. that threatened mass casualties at the school. The school was placed on lockdown, and hundreds of students were stuck in their classrooms for hours as bomb-sniffing dogs and police with assault rifles surrounded the building. As the search went on, anxious parents who didn't know the nature of the threats waited outside.
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See related story: Charter school security bill advances in Colorado (The Associated Press)

Meeting the needs of children
The Woburn Advocate via Wicked Local
Vicki Rose has sat in the front office of Thompson Elementary School in Arlington every day for seven years, working as the administrative assistant. "We know there are students who, every day, they're coming in hungry," said Rose. At Thompson, one in four students qualifies for the federal free and reduced lunch program, a program that reimburses school districts for the cost of providing breakfast and lunch at a reduced price for students whose families have applied. Some teachers keep extra snacks in their classroom — granola bars, bags of pretzels, juice — usually at their own expense. Sometimes, they walk with students down to the cafeteria to grab a bite to eat.
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Transportation and maintenance stretch rural school budgets
Marshfield News-Herald
With myriad problems facing rural schools in Wisconsin, one that school administrators have the least control over is transportation and building maintenance. The challenge rural schools face on these issues stem from declining enrollments, but unlike teacher recruitment, budget cuts or shrinking class offerings, administrators can't make buildings or the district itself smaller to meet current needs. Districts possibly can consolidate bus routes, but that leads to students sitting on buses longer. At some districts, students already ride buses for more than an hour each way, and administrators said that's reaching levels that are uncomfortable for them.
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Engineers combat aging US infrastructure
CBS News
VideoBriefCivil engineers believe it will cost more than $3 trillion to fix the nation's crumbling infrastructure. Elaine Quijano reports on how one group of engineers are working to ensure that bridges and other structures are ready for modern challenges.
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10 golden rules to ensure your child's safety on UAE school bus
Emirates 24/7 News
Parents are urged to use school transport for their children and the benefits are plenty. The Road and Transport Authority summarized these benefits as providing comfort, security and safety for students and parents alike, giving examples such as reaching schools on time, reducing pollution emission resulting from vehicle exhausts and reducing traffic jams.
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  Driver-Controlled Panic Button Promotes School Bus Safety
New feature works with Child Safety Alarm System™ to alert riders if vehicle attempts to pass stopped school bus

Transportation Safety Products, Inc. will roll out a revolutionary new safety feature to audibly and visually alert disembarking school bus riders if a vehicle attempts to pass a stopped school bus.

Traffic safety facts: 2003-2012 data for school transportation-related crashes
Since 2003 there were 348,253 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,222 (0.35 percent) were classified as school transportation-related.

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2013 Student Safety Report reveals dangerous gap between what students know and school administrators don't
Thirty-seven percent of students say they are aware of an individual who poses a risk to their school, according to Awareity's 2013 Student Safety Report.

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NAPT PDS courses available at upcoming events
For NAPT members interested in pursuing career development, certification and recertification, we will be announcing dates and locations of our course offerings throughout the year.

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New data: Students of color, disabled students disciplined more harshly
In a far-reaching national survey of how students of different races and students with disabilities are faring at school, the federal government recently reported that widespread disparities exist in discipline practices, with students of color and students with disabilities subject to harsher penalties. In addition, the newly released Civil Rights Data Collection allows the public to search for discipline and other data by school and district throughout the nation.
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School bus drivers say students will face safety risks with new drivers
VideoBriefShelby County Schools bus driver Roger Christopher says parents need to know exactly what they're getting when the county hires an outside company to bus students to and from school. "We've had accidents and most of those aren't coming from our drivers," said Christopher. He and a handful of other bus drivers recently spoke out at a community budget meeting where district budget staff broke down the money they need to save, and exactly how they're going to do it. The plan includes hiring private companies to pick up childsren for school and selling all the current buses for a profit.
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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 Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.


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