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2014 Summit to include live action demonstration
What if someone boards one of your buses and threatens the lives of everyone aboard? Worse yet, what if the perpetrators have weapons, like knives or guns or IED's (improvised explosive devices)? It seems unfathomable but it is not unprecedented. You therefore need to EXPERIENCE IT – LIVE! to genuinely understand and prepare for the situation.

A keynote presentation featuring Gary Moore from the Missouri Center for Education Safety will serve as the centerpiece of a "real time", live action session featuring a cast of law enforcement personnel and their actual equipment on Sunday, November 9th during NAPT's 40th Annual Summit Nov. 8-11 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Want a taste for what's in store during this presentation?
The following video highlights similar training Mr. Moore recently conducted for a school in Missouri. Click here for video.

Mr. Moore is a 29-year veteran of the Missouri Highway Patrol. Most of his work with the Highway Patrol was as a "road Trooper." During his tenure with the Highway Patrol, Mr. Moore served the State of Missouri on special assignment to the Governor's Security Division and provided personal protection and security services to four different Missouri Governors and their families.

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In May you'll receive a comprehensive membership survey from NAPT. In an ongoing effort to provide members with information and tools necessary to perform well at your job, we ask you to let us know what you think. Your responses to this survey will help us enhance member services and better serve you in the future. Watch your email for survey details; we look forward to hearing from you.
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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: Accelify, First Student, Inc., Operation Lifesaver, Inc., and Video Communications. 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.

Accelify ( provides K-12 data management systems that streamline district processes and deliver analytic tools to support better decision-making across all departments and levels of district administration. Their systems provide unprecedented visibility into district operations to create efficiencies in program management, ensure compliance, reduce program costs, and maximize federal funding through their proven Medicaid consulting practice.

First Student, Inc. ( provides safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation services that help school districts focus on providing students with the best possible education. Our customized approach and industry-leading solutions ensure that students get a safe start to each school day. We deliver peace of mind for school officials, parents and caregivers by developing local partnerships that help build strong communities.

At Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (, their top priority is to educate people on how to be safe around highway-rail grade crossings and railroad tracks. Trains today are often bigger, faster and quieter than ever. Though diligent safety practices and engineering advancements have reduced the numbers of injuries and fatalities at highway-rail crossings, incidents resulting from rail trespass — often involving young people — remain a constant challenge.

Video Communications ( offers quality safety training videos for school bus drivers. They offer an extensive video library with everything from training drivers to training students on bus safety.

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Up to 450 students who ride bus to school may walk next year
Milford Mirror
Some Milford, Connecticut, students who have been riding the bus to school may have to walk next year. In a move to cut the transportation budget and to make the transportation policy fair for all students, the Board of Education recently voted to let Chief Operations Officer James Richetelli Jr. notify parents of 180 students that they will not be picked up for school starting next school year. That number is expected to increase after Richetelli talks to other city officials about increasing safety along other walking routes. He said about another 270 students — for a total of about 450 students — will likely be cut from the bus run schedule once certain accommodations are made. The Board of Education did not make the decision to cut some students willy-nilly.
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ARTBA's 2014 student transportation video contest
The American Road and Transportation Builders Association is sponsoring a student transportation video contest. Now in its fourth year, this contest asks students to create a video about any aspect of transportation in the United States. The top two winning videos will win a $500 cash prize. In past years, esteemed videos have received recognition in the transportation industry. This could be a beneficial project for a class, a student organization, or any student interested in current events. Share this information with your students, classes and anyone who may be interested in submitting a project.

More information can be found on the attached flyer and at our video contest website:

ARTBA's goal is to raise awareness of the importance of transportation infrastructure, enrich student academic experience, and highlight the talents of today's students.

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Tying the future of telematics to sustainability
Green Fleet Magazine
Fleet telematics has become a core technology for fleets looking to make substantial reductions in fuel consumption — and their carbon footprints — to support their sustainability initiatives. This is because today's systems, in general, equip fleet managers with near real-time reports that help them identify and address fuel-wasting behaviors, such as excessive idling, aggressive driving (hard acceleration and speeding), and unauthorized vehicle usage and fuel purchases.
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Schools need to be prepared to defend against more than just shootings
The Huffington Post
In addition to NAPT's EXPERIENCE IT – LIVE! demonstration during this year's Summit, the program will include other safety and security topics impacting schools across the country. The following article features various topics and presenters you'll have access to during the Summit:

Large-scale shootings have been a dominant driver of school safety debates, but a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school this month should serve as a reminder that educators need to be prepared for a range of situations — including smaller, nonfatal incidents that don't involve guns at all, school safety experts say. While some districts work to implement comprehensive safety plans that address mental-health concerns, school climate, and security procedures, policymakers often direct efforts and resources specifically toward the prevention of gun-related incidents.

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Automotive technology is moving fast and the car is changing
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Imagine driving a typical 1964 model vehicle on a time-travel trip at the speed of a decade per minute. As you go forward, the car is changing all around you. When you finish, this will no longer be your grandfather's ride. The changes of the past five decades have made the ride safer, more fuel efficient, more convenient, comfortable and entertaining for most of us in 2014. Once you're parked, take a deep breath and get ready for the next leg of your trip. There is a new generation of innovations on the way, the experts tell us.
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School bus fire lets students put life lessons to the test
Tulsa World
VideoBriefSome Monroe Demonstration School middle school students are being hailed as heroes for assisting younger students out of a burning school bus. Recently, an engine fire quickly engulfed a bus with more than 50 children on board from Monroe, Oklahoma, which houses both the middle school and the Dual Language Immersion program for elementary school students. "I really don't see it as being a hero. I see it as the right thing to do helping others before you help yourself," said eighth-grader Destiny Fain.
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DOE offers $10 million to advance biomass-to-biofuel efforts
The Energy Department recently announced up to $10 million in funding to advance the production of advanced biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks, and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based biomass, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. This supports the Department's efforts to make drop-in biofuels more accessible and affordable.

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Nebraska school's 'ludicrous' advice for bullying victims sparks parent outrage
The Blaze
Fifth grade students at Zeman Elementary School in Lincoln, Neb., were recently sent home with a "flier" outlining how they should handle bullies. The instructions were apparently deemed so ridiculous by parents that the school district quickly issued an apology and the "inaccurate information" was pulled.

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Bus drivers demand improved safety after colleague beaten by parents
About 30 Palm Beach County, Fla., bus drivers are protesting after parents attacked one of their colleagues at a bus stop. They're concerned about the safety of their fellow driver and the students. "Three parents attacking a driver, plus you have other parents and children on the bus, that's a safety issue and that's a big concern among the drivers," said driver Jane Brown.

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Study: Bullying rates drop for US teens
Poughkeepsie Journal
American teens are much less likely to engage in bullying than they were a decade ago, new research suggests. Surveys completed by middle school and high school students between 1998 and 2010 suggest that instances of both verbal and physical bullying dropped by roughly half, with much of the decline seen specifically among boys.
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Why driverless cars don't require a bunch of new laws
Emerging Tech
Anyone who's encountered the debate about driverless cars has probably heard that it's legal questions as much as technology that's keeping the autonomous vehicles from broad production. Specifically, if my car hits your car but neither of us is driving, then who's to blame?
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School buses 'yellow tagged' for safety reasons
The Morning Sun
The Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, school district recently "yellow tagged" several of its school buses indicating a need for timely repairs. The tags are a result of new state inspection standards, says Superintendent Mike Pung. "That doesn't mean that we can't use those buses," he explained. "It simply means that the buses that were yellow-tagged needed, in most cases, some minor repairs. It was a word of caution." The yellow tags are physically placed on the windshield of each bus, alerting the district that the bus has issues that need to be resolved prior to a certain date. They're a good "head's up," said Pung. Once the repairs are made, a state inspector will come to the district to remove the tag.
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'K-9 Friendly Visitors' help disabled students
VideoBriefThree dogs are changing the lives of the disabled community in the Coachella Valley, California. Gone are the days of Lassie, but border collies are still enriching the lives of the Valley's youth. Lana, Amus and Rain are three dogs that have the remarkable ability to bring out the best in these students. "She is a nice dog, she is pretty calm. She listens to you," said student Juan Hermosillo. "I wouldn't be able to get near dogs, and now I pet them, I give them water, I help with grooming the dogs." These simple tasks helped Juan build enough strength in his hands to get around on his own using a walker.
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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.

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