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Safety top priority at bus stop, school official says
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Safety is the No. 1 priority when designating bus stops, Greenville County school district spokesman Oby Lyles said. "Budget cuts have not and will not impact the placement of bus stops," he said. And while for the second time in a week a Greenville County student was hit by a passing car while trying to board a bus, the rate of bus accidents in South Carolina has been declining. More

Don't slash bus passes, school bus routes
Oregon Live    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Thousands of Portland, Oregon parents and students would have been shocked to learn that bus passes and bus routes they've come to count on would have been cut next school year under Portland Superintendent Carole Smith's $400 million hold-the-line budget plan for 2010-11. More

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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. 

Recession could result in deep school staff layoffs, larger class sizes
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From coast to coast, public schools face the threat of tens of thousands of layoffs this year in a fiscal crunch likely to result in larger class sizes and fewer programs to help students in need. More

AASHTO releases report urging inclusion of roads in livability program
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Highway projects should be included in the Obama administration's "livable communities" initiative in addition to bicycle, pedestrian, transit, and rail projects, according to a recent report by AASHTO in conjunction with Earth Day. 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.

Judge rules in favor of Las Cruces schools in bus dispute
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Third Judicial District Court Chief Judge Jerald A. Valentine of Las Cruces has ruled in favor of a request by Las Cruces Public Schools for a preliminary injunction against the school district's bus contractor, First Student, Inc. The ruling prevents the bus company from terminating its fleet service contract "except upon 60 days' notice to the (school district)." More

Don't overlook your suppliers
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Your approach to suppliers needs to be part of your strategic plan since almost every company, whether product- or service-oriented, is dependent on suppliers. Many business owners seem to get this supplier issue backwards. They think that because they write the order, they're in the dominant position and can exploit it with unreasonable demands, including personal perks. 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

Lane departure warning systems for the rest of us
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Sophisticated driver assistance safety technologies, like beeping lane departure warning systems and dashboard lights that flash when you follow another car too closely, have generally only been available as a factory-installed option on new cars. Drivers of older vehicles have had to make do without it. But now at least one company hopes to make such systems more readily available to those who aren't in the market for a new car. More

New study examines transportation's role in reducing US greenhouse gas emissions
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A number of strategies can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, such as using low-carbon fuels, increasing vehicle fuel economy, improving system efficiency and reducing travel that involves high levels of carbon emissions, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation. More

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Modesto school bus facility passes spring exams
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Modesto City Schools are doing a better job maintaining its buses after the California Highway Patrol gave its bus maintenance operations a failing grade. The CHP inspected 31 buses over spring break and took only one bus out of service because it had an exhaust leak. That comes on the heels of an inspection over winter break in which the CHP took six of the 29 buses it inspected out of service because of mechanical problems. More

School bus transportation funding could run dry next school year
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Getting students to school could prove to be a challenge with the budget as it stands. State Transportation Director for the South Carolina Department of Education, Don Tudor, says funding for buses will run dry by March unless funding is found. Tudor says that in recent years, bus funding has come from one time funds which are not in the budget this year. "Assuming fuel prices stay the same, which is difficult to assume, we would find ourselves 20 or so million dollars short next year," Tudor says. 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

San Diego school bus drivers fight to keep wheels on the road
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Bus drivers in the Poway Unified School District of San Diego say they'll fight to keep their school buses on the road next school year. The Poway Unified school board is considering eliminating or scaling back on bus transportation because of deep budget cuts. More

Senator Kerry knocks down fuel tax talk
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Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said the bill that he and two other key senators are preparing to combat carbon-caused climate change will not include a tax increase on motor fuels or even a "linked fee" on oil, despite widespread reports they would propose one. That would be good news for the transportation sector, which was so alarmed that the climate bill would increase gasoline and diesel taxes that a broad industry coalition recently warned the senators against that course. More

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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.

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NAPT Free Webinar Series

ESEA Reauthorization: Why it is Important to YOU
May 10, 1:00 PM, ET

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Daniel A. Domenech

Webinar Description: The Obama administration recently released its blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The blueprint provides incentives for states to adopt academic standards that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and create accountability systems that measure student growth toward meeting the goal that all children graduate and succeed in college. Learn why 17 leading education associations with more than 10 million members pledged to work with President Obama and Secretary Duncan to expedite ESEA reauthorization and why this issue is important to you.

About the Speaker: Daniel A. Domenech has served as executive director of the American Association of School Administrators since July 2008. Domenech has more than 36 years of experience in public education, twenty-seven of those years served as a school superintendent.

Prior to joining AASA, Domenech served as senior vice president for National Urban Markets with McGraw-Hill Education. In this role, he was responsible for building strong relationships with large school districts nationwide.

Domenech, served as president of AASA from July 1998 to June 1999. He is also a past president of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the Suffolk County Superintendents Association, and the Suffolk County Organization for Promotion of Education. He was the first president and co-founder of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education.

In addition, Domenech has served on the U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment Governing Board, on the advisory board for the Department of Defense schools, and on the board of directors of the Association for the Advancement of International Education. He currently serves on the Board of Overseers for the Baldrige Award and on the boards of the Institute for Educational Leadership, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the Education Policy Institute, and is chair for Communities in Schools of Virginia.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College in New York City and a Ph.D. from Hofstra University in Uniondale, N.Y.

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