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|Where will you be in 6 months?
Join NAPT for 43rd Annual Conference & Trade Show!
In less than 6 months student transportation professionals from across the globe will be in Columbus, OH for NAPT's 43rd Annual Conference & Trade Show: Discover New Ideas. Please join us; register online today!
The heart of innovation and a gathering place for unique thinkers – Columbus, OH is the perfect place for NAPT’s conference! The enhanced program design will inspire student transportation professionals at all levels to think differently and tackle common challenges in thoughtful, innovative ways. And as always, you’ll have time to make your way through the industry’s biggest and best one-day trade show, featuring over 130 vendors providing the latest in products and services designed to help you perform your job better. Take a look at our preliminary program schedule and download the Delegate brochure for full details!
Everything's all in one place! Whether you're taking one of our Professional Development Series (PDS) courses or attending a conference workshop, all educational programming will be in the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC). Here's why we're excited:
Why wait? Register online today! It's as easy as:
- It's directly connected to the NAPT host hotel, the Hyatt Regency.
- Meal options are right in the GCCC, so no need to leave the building.
- WiFi and charging stations are accessible.
Need to join or renew your membership? You can do it all at once, right online!
- Visit www.napt.org
- Scroll down to the Events Calendar & select "2017 NAPT Conference & Trade Show"
- You'll be prompted to log in as a member to start your online registration.
Register early and save $100! Our full conference rate is only $325 before August 1, 2017. Take advantage of this great discount and reserve your space today. You can register online at https://www.napt.org/conference or download and fax your registration form to 518.218.0867.
Plan your travel early. Visit the website for hotel and travel options to and around Columbus, OH.
|Prime booth space available, but not for long!
In only 3 weeks more than 60 companies have already reserved their space at the biggest and best industry trade show — the NAPT Trade Show. Download the Exhibitor Packet and reserve your prime space today.
Take advantage of this opportunity to:
While in Columbus, you'll connect with...
- Draw attention to your company
- Feature a new product or service
- Enhance your business relationships
- Connect with new customers
- Demonstrate your support of the pupil transportation industry
Representing 48 states (even Alaska & Hawaii!) + DC, 3 Canadian provinces, Europe & Middle East.
- Transportation Directors & Supervisors
- Fleet Managers
- Routing Specialists
- Fleet Technicians
- Safety and Driver Trainers
- Special Education Professionals
- State Directors
- Private Fleet Operators
So join us in Columbus! Download the Exhibitor Packet today and be sure to join us Tuesday, November 7 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center
|Prep for your next IEP meeting with NAPT's May webinar
School transportation is not a related service for all students with disabilities, but when it is, the transporter's role is critical to ensure students receive the service that best meets their needs. You may find yourself asking: "What should I bring? What should I ask for? What's my role? Where's the 'invite'?" This webinar will help you answer these questions and more as you prepare for IEP meetings. Register today!
Meet our Speaker: Alexandra Robinson began her work with students with disabilities as a counselor and teacher of students with severe Autism over 29 years ago. During that time, Alex has presented to transportation professionals and special educators both locally and internationally in the areas of mobility/securement, civil rights, safe transportation of students with medical and special needs. In addition to serving as an expert witness nationally, her presentations on strategic planning, leadership, logistics and organizational behavior have helped guide transportation professionals in the US, Canada, Asia and the Middle East.
Alex is the Executive Director for the Office of Pupil Transportation for the New York City Department of Education, the largest school district in the country and is the Past President of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT).
How to Register
Online registration is open! Once you reach the NAPT website and webinar description, click on "Member Registration" on the right-hand side of the screen. You will be prompted to log in as a member to complete your webinar registration. If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact us in NAPT headquarters at 800.989.6278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|NSTA & PA Congressman work to introduce bill aimed at regulatory reform
For months, our colleagues at the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) worked with Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) on a bill aimed at combatting excessive regulations affecting the school bus and motorcoach industries. Late last month Congressman Perry introduced the Buses United For Safety, Regulatory Reform and Enhanced Growth for the 21st Century (BUSREGS-21/ #HR2120). Click here to read more about this bill.
According to NSTA, the legislation "is a comprehensive bill designed to bring about essential regulatory reform for the passenger carrier industry resulting in improved safety, expanded investments and job creation." The legislation would:
NSTA is hopeful that some or all of the provisions in the bill can be included in an infrastructure package Congress is expected to take up later this year. NSTA is currently looking for cosponsor support on the House-side, and a Senate champion to spearhead a similar bill.
- Evaluate whether existing regulations applicable to buses are achieving their projected goals.
- Modernize and streamline federal motor carrier safety and vehicle safety regulations for the bus industry, including rescission of some unnecessary regulations that do not improve safety.
- Provide additional due process protections for bus operators cited for federal violations.
- Speed up the approval process for new bus operators desiring to enter the industry.
- Ensure that regulations written to apply to both trucks and buses are fully evaluated for their appropriateness to bus operations.
- Provide stronger accountability for federally-funded public transit agencies to ensure they are meeting existing requirements to encourage the participation of the private sector.
- Create an incentive program for public transit agencies that partner with the private sector.
The original article appeared in the NSTA Newsletter on May 3, 2017.
|Keep your NAPT member profile up-to-date
Be sure to log in to the enhanced http://www.napt.org and update your member profile!
Once you're logged in:
So log in today! Current members of NAPT received their new username and password via email February. If you believe you're an active member and did not receive the email, please contact headquarters at 800.989.6278.
- View and update your personal information — it's quick and simple. As soon as you log in, you'll see all of your information and have the ability to make edits as necessary.
- Upload a professional photo to display in your profile that will be visible in the Online Member Directory.
- Provide a brief professional biography in the space provided so we can learn a little more about you.
- Select your Directory Category by clicking on "My Directory Options" and selecting the appropriate organization type.
|It's time to discover Apollo®
NAPT’s Apollo® provides tools to assist you in making intelligent decisions with your pupil transportation departments' safety and efficiency in mind. We invite you to learn more about this exciting new project by viewing this video.
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United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has a new assignment from President Donald Trump's desk and is tasked with reviewing the federal government's role in the K-12 education system. The president signed the executive order, requiring a study to determine if and how the federal government has overstepped its boundaries in shaping local school systems. DeVos and her senior counselor, Robert Eitel, will review education policy and guidelines that are believed to not be consistent with federal law, which could lead to them being modified.
The Brookings Institution
Despite the recent change in political parties in our nation's capital, colleges of education and teacher preparation programs continue to be blamed for the failure of public education. Indeed this blame is not new; it has a long history and deep roots designed to distract the broad base of education stakeholders from co-engaging in the kind of dialogue and inquiry needed to develop effective, lasting educational reform. This is especially true for those students and their families who have been the most persistently and pervasively underserved by America's public schools.
President Donald Trump's budget would eliminate all funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, after-school programs for 1.8 million mostly poor children. The administration says there's no evidence that the program works. Advocates argue there is evidence that it does help improve children's test scores and other learning skills. Those who participate in the program in a small Appalachian community in Virginia say it's invaluable for both kids and their struggling parents.
Our long-standing notions about mobility are about to change: In the emerging mobility ecosystem, public transportation will be more important than ever. Why? Because it will function as the backbone of a multimodal system involving many different partners and interests.
A convergence of new players and new technologies is making mobility synonymous with freedom, independence and personal choice.
From his seat in the East Room of the White House, Joseph South had a clear view of Barack Obama's teleprompter, and he watched as the president veered off script during a 2014 speech to more than 100 school superintendents.
The leaders were assembled to sign a pledge committing to improve digital learning in their districts, part of the federally supported Future Ready program.
The Columbus Dispatch
The number of requests made to Columbus (Ohio) City Schools from homeless families for transportation between the city and suburban school districts doubled this school year, officials said, overwhelming the district's main vendor for such rides.
In response, the Board of Education approved new or amended contracts with private transportation providers and the Central Ohio Transit Authority to pay for the service.
Public Radio Tulsa
For the first time in nearly 30 years, Tennessee will soon tax motorists more to fill their tanks. So will California, Indiana and Montana.
Lawmakers across the U.S. have approved new proposals this year to pay for transportation improvements, including tax hikes, vehicle fee increases and bond packages. Those measures extended an existing trend to a new milestone: Two-thirds of all states have stepped up highway funding over the past five years.
California education officials have taken advantage of a more hands-off approach to education by Congress and the Trump administration. They are proposing to transfer their distinct vision for school improvement, which they call "the California Way," to the state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act, the 2015 federal law that governs how the state will spend a projected $2.6 billion in federal education funding.
Google, Apple and Microsoft all want kids to think they're cool — so they're taking the battle for future technology consumers into the classroom.
Last week, Microsoft announced a new lower-priced Surface laptop and a special version of Windows 10 just for students. It's a major push to reclaim some of the U.S. education market that has been eaten up by Google over the past three years.
For decades, schools have been scaling up the technology incorporated into the classroom, from small computer labs designed to teach basic computer skills to student-assigned tablets for more complex, daily assignments (and occasional play).
Parents, lawmakers and even some educators have spoken out against this trend, arguing that excessive classroom technology could end up doing more harm than good, but the foundations for most of these arguments are unsupported by empirical evidence.
Tampa Bay Times
Many of the details remain elusive. But what they know about the Florida Legislature's proposed education budget, school district superintendents do not like. Among their chief concerns: The base allocation per student is projected to decrease by $27.07 — something that's unheard of in economic good times — at the same time that the local property tax rate for school operations also is set to go down by 31.6 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.
An Alabama state education budget that would provide money to hire 152 more teachers in grades 4-6 has passed the Alabama House of Representatives by a 100-0 vote.
The budget calls for spending $6.4 billion from the Education Trust Fund during the year that begins Oct. 1. That's $90 million more than this year's budget. The vote returns the bill to the Senate, which had passed it in April.
The Associated Press via WKAR-FM
Michigan House OKs education budget with $100 more per pupil.
Base funding would increase by $100 per student under a $16.3 billion education budget approved by a divided Michigan House, which also voted to give schools significantly more to teach low-income kids as requested by Gov. Rick Snyder.
The minimum foundation grant would rise to $7,611, or 1.3 percent, next school year. The basic level would jump to $8,329, or 1.2 percent.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition,
by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $19.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $29.99, plus shipping.
To order your copy, please email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new Certification in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) click here.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition contains new and updated information, including 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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