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Researchers argue for new approach to school safety
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A group of researchers made a pitch for a broader, more integrated, and more evidence-based approach to conquering school violence problems in the February issue of Educational Researcher. "School violence is not a single problem with a single solution," said Matthew J. Mayer, the Rutgers University professor who helped guest-edit the special issue, which features contributions from scholars from eight disciplines. "We all work with similar youths but sometimes we've operated from within our own silos." More

NTSB top ten drops occupant protection in school buses from latest list
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Eleven years after the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration establish performance standards for school bus occupant protection systems in all types of collisions, the NTSB removed it from the top-ten list of most wanted safety improvements. More

Win Free Registration to TSD&P

It's a Theme Contest! Submit the winning theme for the 20th National Special Needs Transportation Conference in Kansas City and your conference registration fee will be waived. Entries must be received via email by May 20. Details are at The only national conference on special needs transportation offers workable solutions and practical answers to your pressing issues. 

Cameras aim to nab drivers passing buses
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Drivers who pass school buses in Georgia's Cobb County may soon be caught on camera. The new cameras stem from a tragedy. In December, 5-year-old Karla Campos was struck by a passing car moments after she stepped off her bus in Marietta. More

Free Danger Zones Training Program

NAPT, PSRI, 247 Security and The School Bus Safety Company are offering for free, a copy of the Driver Danger Zone training program. Go to to request your copy.

Busing fight highlights struggles with diversity
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More than a half-century after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered schools desegregated, districts are still grappling with how best to create the kind of demographically diverse public schools that many experts believe improve outcomes for disadvantaged students. More

For homeless kids, Portland school and its buses are constants in a world of chaos
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Traffic is light and the sun still below the horizon as Penny Scrivner eases her yellow school bus to a stop in front of a Clackamas County apartment complex at 6:30 one recent morning in Oregon. Baby strollers sit in front of many doors, and toys litter the grass. Scrivner peers through the bus window, looking for activity. "I never know if anyone will be here when I arrive," she says. "Last week, I came to get a seventh-grader, and he was gone." She shakes her head. "Just vanished," she says. "I hope he's OK." More

Specialized Trip Software Maximizes Efficiency
EasyBus is the only software company in the industry focused primarily on software for managing field trips and charters, and now offers a special discount for educational institutions. If you need trip or charter software written "Just For You," you can learn more about our products, sign up for a personal demo, and get pricing at MORE

Traffic deaths down, but not low enough
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Fewer Americans are killed in automobile crashes than at any time since the 1950s, but the nation can do better — much better, according to a growing number of highway safety advocates and transportation officials pushing the USA to adopt a goal of zero traffic fatalities. More

FMCSA issues texting ban; advocates say it's a good first step
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued interim regulatory guidance prohibiting commercial drivers from texting while operating a commercial vehicle. More

Tips for effective negotiating
Thomas Net    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the right attitude and approach, negotiations can be made smoother for all the parties involved in the bargaining process. Negotiating an agreement mutually acceptable to both parties involved is never an easy thing. When two sides sit down at the bargaining table, they're putting something on the line, be it concessions or sensitive information. However, the process can be made smoother if the bargaining parties approach it with the right attitude and accurate information. More

AngelTrax's Hybrid Component™ is the most reliable, durable and cost-efficient mobile DVR available

Once the Hybrid is installed, any repair, upgrade to new technology or hard drive retrieval can be accomplished within minutes due to its unique removable component design.

Gas fizzling
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As the debate continues over transportation's relationship to climate change, reducing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions has become a primary goal for the surface transportation system sector for a multitude of reasons. Transportation relies on petroleum for 95 percent of its energy, consumes approximately 20 percent of global energy and produces 28 percent of GHG emissions. More

Dream Commute: Private solar pods on public transport
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A new design study aims to shield riders on public transportation from what's often their biggest complaint: The public. In a nod to a culture obsessed with personal space, designer Dave Owsen has drawn up a vision he somewhat ironically calls Community Transit. While it’s a mass transit system open to the public, riders have all the privacy of a trip in a car. More

Cook-Illinois Corporation Among Greenest in Country
Cook-Illinois Corporation was the first in Illinois to switch to biodiesel fuel, create a clean air museum for kids and purchase a hybrid school bus. Check us out at: MORE

GPS-guided landings begin for airline
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Enjoyed that smooth landing? Well, your pilot may have had a little help. Recently, Southwest Airlines, which flies more passengers worldwide than any other carrier, began satellite-assisted runway approaches, part of an ongoing effort to upgrade the nation's skyways in a project known as NextGen. More

Vetting the viability of vendors
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Smart business owners wouldn't think of extending credit to new customers without checking into their finances and learning a little bit about their bill-paying histories. Really smart business owners are just as careful about vetting their suppliers. A vendor who fails to deliver the goods or services you need to satisfy your own clients can be just as detrimental to your business as a customer who fails to pay you. More

They're Simple! Effective! Convenient!

Espar Independent Heating Systems enable drivers to pre-heat their school buses offering warm starts, defrosted windows and a safe and comfortable environment for students, all without engine idling.


2010 NSBSW Posters Available Through NAPT

2010 National School Bus Safety Week
"Cross In View, It's the Right Thing to Do!"
October 18-22

National School Bus Safety Week Posters (illustrated above) are now available free of charge, as long as supplies last. Contact Lynn Martin to receive them at

Please Note: The Poster Contest and Safety Week are two different events. The 2010 Poster theme becomes the 2011 National School Bus Safety Week theme and is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety. ***If your students are drawing posters for the 2010 competition, they should be using the poster theme: "Be Aware - Know the Danger Zone!"

Transporting Children With Disabilities - 4th Edition , authored by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The non-member 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 (IDEA) 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 (FERPA) 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.

October 30 - November 4

NAPT is climbing the summit in Portland, Ore., this year and our annual conference offers something for everyone. Visit us online at and watch for updates on the program and see why getting to the NAPT Summit should be at the top of your "to do list" in 2010.

To make you your hotel reservation, click here

NAPT Free Webinar Series

Dynamic April Webinar Has Been Archived!

WHERE: in the Members Only Section

Webinar Description: Service excellence is more than smiling nice and maintaining good eye contact. It is an all-encompassing approach to making "excellence" the way you do business. "Everything Speaks" in your environment, what people see, hear, smell and touch impacts their experience. Even if you never "sell" a product, everyone your organization interacts  with is a customer, even your employees. Today's customer is looking for value  and for the organization that is focused on delivering that value and earning their trust. This webinar will share insights on how your organization can consistently deliver superior value to its customers.

About the Speaker: Teri Yanovitch, former keynote speaker at the Disney Institute, shares best practices of customer service developed at the Walt Disney Company. She is the co-author of two books: "Unleashing Excellence - The Complete Guide to Ultimate Customer Service" and "Retain or Retrain - How to Keep The Good Ones From Leaving."

Teri Yanovitch
Speaker, Author, Consultant

Zonar's new K12™
Industry leading Zonar Systems now offers its professional grade GPS/Vehicle Telematics platform at an attractive new price point. Zonar's new K12™ was built specifically for the pupil transportation market and is available to NAPT members for $135.00.To get real Ground Traffic Control™ visit or call 1.877.843.3847.
Synovia's Time and Attendance capabilities will help you eliminate wasteful spending and increase the accountability from your drivers. Our software integrates seamlessly with many payroll systems, helping you save money on payroll and administrative time and helping streamline an otherwise manual process. For high value and unbeatable ROI, visit us online at or call 1.877.SYNOVIA.
BusBoss™ Express
BusBoss™ Express is a complete routing and scheduling, student transportation software program designed specifically for customers transporting less than 1000 students. School districts with smaller budgets benefit from a lower cost, yet highly functional routing and scheduling application. To find out more on how BusBoss™ Express can save your operation time and money visit us online at or call (866) 740-8994 for a FREE internet or onsite software demonstration.

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