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NAPT member benefit: Multiple $50,000 grants available through Zonar Systems
The National Association for Pupil Transportation and technology innovator Zonar Systems recently announced the 2014 grants for $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. Grants will be awarded to school districts that submit proposals for utilizing Zonar's widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) system. Download the grant application details here.

New for 2014, school districts applying for and receiving the grants will be notified on a rolling basis, allowing them to implement the systems in advance of the 2014-2015 school year if they so choose. Recipients will also be recognized in November at the NAPT Summit: Driving Innovation in Kansas City, MO.

Grants are only open to NAPT members in good standing. Please contact NAPT headquarters at 800-989-NAPT (6278) to verify or renew your membership, or join online today! Applications will be accepted in NAPT headquarters through Oct. 15. Zonar will evaluate the applications and make final decisions on an ongoing basis.

Committed to the safe, efficient transportation of students to and from school each day, NAPT is pleased to offer this benefit to members. "With limited budgets, school districts are often challenged when it comes to acquiring leading-edge technology," stated NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin. "Together, NAPT and Zonar are working to help districts across the nation enhance efficiency, save real dollars, and improve management and supervision of school buses." Details on the requirements and application process are at and information about Zonar products and services at

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Dallas County Schools focus on continuing education for the future
NAPT America's Best Competition sponsor, Hydrotex®, hosted a lubrication training for more than 80 Dallas County Schools (NAPT member district) technicians for a day of classroom and hands-on training. Hydrotex hosted this day of lubrication training for the Dallas County Schools technicians, general service managers and this year co-op students also attended. Dallas County Schools Co-Op Program with students from Skyline High School focuses on developing the next generation of technicians.

For more information on NAPT's America's Best Competition, visit

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Child abuse: We all play a role
In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, NAPT business partner, School Training Solutions (a division of Smart Horizons®), created this infographic detailing the types and frequency of child abuse, warning signs to watch for, and how to report it. Child abuse is a national epidemic that affects everyone. Let's work together to promote children's emotional and social well-being.
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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: American Bus Sales, Bus Air Manufacturing, Firetrace International, and TransitPro Logistics. 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.

American Bus Sales - ( was founded in 2004 as a premier fleet solutions provider. Assisting fleet operators of all types; school districts, contractors, public utilities, municipalities, churches and other miscellaneous private fleets with products and services that enable them to maintain and operate their vehicles in a safe and efficient manner.

Bus Air Manufacturing - ( manufactures the most efficient air-conditioning systems on the market today for School Buses, Shuttle Buses and HD Trucks. Bus-Air has more than 125 years of combined experience in MVAC refrigeration from design, engineering, to sales, service and installation.

Firetrace International- ( is the world leader in special hazard fire protection, providing both in cabinet and machine level fire prevention and protection for high value and/or mission critical machinery and equipment as well as their new E4 Engineered Solutions for protection of large rooms.

TransitPro Logistics - ( engages all customer partnerships from the perspective that pupil transportation is more than just a logistics question. It is also a critical component of a district's educational goals and policies. TransitPro Logistics utilizes its full range of management services to partner with districts to provide the safest, most cost effective transportation solutions.

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Share your thoughts with NAPT
For 40 years, NAPT has been leading, supporting and developing the world-class professionals who provide safe and efficient pupil transportation for our children. In an effort to continue serving you, our valued members, NAPT will be conducting a comprehensive membership survey. Later this spring you'll receive an invitation to participate in the survey, so watch your email for survey details and let us know what you think.
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Resources for bullying prevention available
The Health Resources and Services Administration has made available free hard copy materials on bullying prevention. As HRSA looks to wind down this operation and discontinue the distribution of these materials, you have the opportunity to secure mass quantities of the resources. If you're interested in any of the following resources, please email by April 23 with your order.

  • DVD Toolkits — animated webisodes that teach children lessons about what bullying is and how to prevent it; public service announcements; video workshops for professionals in education, health and safety, mental health and other related fields; and an instructor's guide adults or older youth can use to help teach children about bullying.
  • Activities Guides — a small booklet of creative ideas that youth and adults can use to implement bullying prevention and response efforts
  • Comic Books — a series of three volumes that illustrate the scenarios presented in the animated webisodes

    Please note that they can ship materials to one address per organization and only in multiples of 1,000.

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    House passes bill to change Obamacare's workweek from 30 hours to 40
    The Washington Times
    VideoBriefOn April 3, 2014, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2575, Save American Workers Act. The bill addresses the definition of full-time employee in the Affordable Care Act. It address the ACA's definition of a full-time employee as working 30 hours per week. The bill would all change that to define a full-time employee as working 40 hours per week. This definition is important as it delineates, among other criteria, the threshold at which an employer must offer health care coverage to employees.
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    Feds to revisit bus safety rules after deadly California crash
    The Associated Press via Fox News
    Federal transportation authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck leaving 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a bus carrying high school students in Northern California.
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    Tennessee bill will extend lives of school buses
    Chattanooga Times Free Press
    School districts that own their own school buses may get some relief as a new bill approved by the Tennessee General Assembly will allow school buses to stay on the road longer. The bill, which is projected to save local school systems an estimated $56 million in the 2014-2015 school year alone, was given final approval by the House recently following its passage by senators.
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    Prominent ed-tech players' data-privacy policies attract scrutiny
    Education Week
    Growing public concern about student-data privacy is prompting fresh scrutiny of the ways technology vendors handle children's educational information — and opening the gates for a flood of new questions and worries from advocates and school officials.
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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.

    Education technology startups raised over half a billion dollars in Q1
    Education technology-focused startups raised more than $500 million already in the first quarter of 2014, marking the single biggest quarter for capital committed to the sector in the past five years. What began as a trickle in 2009, with 20 companies raising more than $64 million at the beginning of the year, is now a flood as funding leapt to $500 million in 99 venture-backed startups, according to CrunchBase data.
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    What the DOE's 2106 mandate means for your school
    By Larry Schoff
    As I walked through a 10-year-old school building recently with the district energy manager, I pointed out to him the often-overlooked "little things" that increased energy waste daily in the operation of the school. I told him these inefficiencies and waste seem insignificant, but when added up in a school or across the district, they amounted to a significant waste of energy and money annually. One of the biggest sources of waste is the electrical distribution transformer, a gray box at the end of the electrical room.
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    Could school stabbings be the next great threat?
    U.S. News & World Report
    The mass stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school Wednesday morning that left at least 20 individuals injured – at least four of whom are reported to have serious injuries – highlights the fact that schools need to be prepared for many different forms of attack, not just shootings, one school safety expert says.

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    NAPT 2014 Summit online registration open
    Happy Anniversary! In 2014 NAPT celebrates our 40th year leading, supporting and developing world-class professionals who provide safe and efficient pupil transportation for our nation's children. Join NAPT November 8-11 in Kansas City, MO for our 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. Register today!

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    'School Bus Shuffle' serves up message with fun
    In honor of the 2013 National School Bus Safety Week, the Houston Independent School District created a music video that highlights the importance of safety on the school bus. HISD recently received a Bronze Telly from the Telly Awards for the video. The "School Bus Shuffle" is a fun way to get the students' attention, while also teaching them an important lesson.

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    Student tracking technology implemented on school buses in Florida
    Florida's Bay District School's Transportation Department is going high-tech with the launch of a student tracking system. Throughout the past year, district leaders have invested more than $400,000 of half-cent sales tax revenue into technology for the school buses. Students at Cedar Grove Elementary School are sporting a new addition to their backpacks, a magnetic card to scan as they board and get off their school buses.
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    Vast digital divide exists in K-12 schools, E-rate analysis shows
    Education Week
    Applications for federal E-rate money show broad gaps between wealthy and poor school systems' access to high-quality technologies, and varying abilities among districts to purchase connectivity at affordable rates, a new analysis reveals.
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    U Florida to build teacher network to support middle school math
    Campus Technology
    A "design and build" shop for education at the University of Florida just received a $250,000 grant to build a teacher network to go along with a new tool introduced in 2013 to help students with algebra. The Lastinger Center for Learning, which introduced Algebra Nation to Florida teachers, will now be able to give them additional supports with the new funding.
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    Industry jobs blamed for school bus driver shortage in Texas
    The region's economic resurgence is making it harder for school districts to keep bus drivers, part of a shortage playing out statewide. Expansion of chemical plants and refineries has fueled a spike in the number of better, high-paying job opportunities for drivers, said Matt Burnett, Port Neches-Groves ISD coordinator of student services in Texas.
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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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