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NAPT welcomes new Region 3 Director
After a solicitation of interest from all NAPT members in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and the Canadian Provinces of Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward, last week the NAPT Board of Directors voted unanimously to invite Brad Aemisegger to serve the remaining 6-months of Steve Simmons's unexpired term as the NAPT Region 3 Director.

Brad has been associated with student transportation in the state of Ohio for 30 years, all with Toledo Public Schools. He started out as a school bus driver while attending the University of Toledo as an accounting and business management major. Brad worked his way up the supervisory chain; first as the morning Dispatcher and then Operations Manager. For the last eight years he has served as the Director of Transportation, responsible for 200+ employees and the administrator of an $11 million budget.

Brad has been an active member of the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation; first as a regional board member and then three years as an officer. He's currently serving as president through June 30, 2015.

Please join us in welcoming Brad to the Board. He follows the footsteps of many dedicated individuals who have worked hard to build the foundation of the NAPT that exists today.

NAPT announces Summit opening session keynote speaker Mark Aesch

SBX 'Expert in Residence' brought to you by NAPT & School Bus Fleet

Join your colleagues from across the country on Saturday, November 7 as NAPT kicks off their 41st Annual Summit: Engage. Explore. Empower. with nationally-recognized expert in performance excellence for public organizations, Mark Aesch.

Thanks to his innovative, data driven approach to solving common challenges, Mark transformed a struggling, nearly bankrupt public transportation system into one with multi-million dollar surpluses and in-demand services. By sharing the insights he gained from this experience, he’ll demonstrate the value of collecting, analyzing, and making use of data. Mark will provide a framework for using data to make intelligent decisions, empowering you as leaders in the student transportation industry to advance your operations. This Opening Session is designed to inspire collaboration and new ways of thinking about safety, efficiency and improved performance.

Meet Mark Aesch
Mark Aesch passionately believes that public sector agencies can operate as efficiently and as focused on meeting customer needs as private sector businesses. Mark is the Chief Executive Officer of TransPro, a management consultancy that guides public organizations to new levels of performance excellence with TransPro's 7 Steps to Success strategic planning, performance scorecard systems, leadership coaching, and customer satisfaction programs.

Mark introduced the concept of managing a public sector agency with a private sector mind set in his best selling business book Driving Excellence, which is published by Hyperion in 10 countries.

Mark is on the verge of release of his second book…which promises to be packed with practical information and steps to help public sector leaders to increase efficiencies, align teams and deliver outstanding customer satisfaction — while balancing taxpayer value. Don't miss this session, and the opportunity to pick up Mark's new book. Register online today!

Early Bird Gets the Worm
Register early and save $100! Our full conference rate is only $299 before August 1, 2015. Take advantage of this great discount and reserve your space today. You can register online at or download and fax your registration form to 518.218.0867.

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Upcoming NAPT Webinars
Title: Celebrating School Bus Safety: Behind the Scenes of National School Bus Safety Week
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 27 @ 1pm ET
Presenters: Jackie Fields, Director of Transportation, Belton ISD (Retired); Joe Hart, Director of Transportation, Killeen ISD; Steve Kalmes, Owner, JSK Transportation Consulting; Bill Tousley, Director of Transportation Farmington Public Schools (Retired)
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members

During this webinar we'll discuss:
  • Upcoming Poster Contest Themes & Their Relevance
  • New Poster Contest Rules
  • Poster Winner Prizes
  • Case Study: How Belton ISD successfully encouraged schools submit entries
Reserve your space early!

Then join us in July! During this complimentary member webinar, Transportation Technology: Don't Let It DRIVE You Crazy, we'll discuss:
  • Digital Camera Systems: How Many Cameras and Where to Mount Them
  • GPS Systems: Passive or Active Systems
  • GPS: Are You Using it to Your Advantage?
Online registration is open!

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 29 @ 1pm ET
Title: Transportation Technology: Don’t Let It DRIVE You Crazy
Presenters: Steve Simmons, III, Director of Transportation, Columbus City Schools, NAPT President-Elect and Jeff Vrabel, Director of Fleet Services, Columbus City Schools
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members

Missed one of the 2015 webinars? No problem; they're recorded and available in the 'Member Resources' area of the Members' Only section of the website. Log-in today.

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    Nearly half of states expect to confront big budget gaps
    The Associated Press
    With the nation's economy at its healthiest since the Great Recession, a surprising trend is emerging among the states — large budget gaps. An Associated Press analysis of statehouse finances around the country shows that at least 22 states project shortfalls for the coming fiscal year. The deficits recall recession-era anxiety about plunging tax revenue and deep cuts to education, social services and other government-funded programs.
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    • Track buses (GPS)
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    School district considering expansion of 'no transportation zones'
    Indiana's Southwest Allen County Schools officials are considering an expansion of No Transportation Zones. School board members were presented with an outline at a meeting and information has since been posted on the district's website. SACS is considering an expansion of the NTZ at Deer Ridge Elementary School. The change would increase the zone from a half-mile to approximately one mile. The increase in the NTZ would allow the district to balance overcrowded buses without adding another bus route. The move would potentially save $40,000 per year.
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    3 critical education topics affecting US students
    eSchool News
    An annual report examines the persistent gender gap in reading performance, how the Common Core is impacting reading achievement, and how intrinsic motivation plays a key role in student engagement, and offers analyses in all three areas. The study is the fourteenth Brown Center Report on American Education and is divided into three sections, each dedicated to an independent topic and each based on the best evidence available, which is further described in each section.
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    Police step up amid complaints of cars passing school buses
    NBC Connecticut
    New Haven, Connecticut, police are adding patrols outside one of the city's middle schools to keep children safe after receiving complaints of drivers passing school buses as they are stopped to drop off or pick up students. The school at the center of the issue is Sheriden-Mauro Middle School and police are increasing enforcement on Fountain Street to target people who are putting students at risk.
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    Ensuring safety around school buses
    Upper Michigans Source
    According to the Bus Industry Association, over 70,000 buses are passed with their stop sign and lights up a day. This causes obvious safety concerns for the children loading and exiting the bus. "It shouldn't have to be a worry it should just be automatic," said Kathy DeGabriele, a Negaunee public schools bus driver. Kathy has been a bus driver for eight years and says that every day someone drives past her with her stop sign out and red lights flashing.
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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        NTSB reviews the benefits of commercial vehicle onboard video systems (National Transportation Safety Board)
    School Board: No advertisements on buses (Reno Gazette Journal)
    For kids, bullying by peers is worse than abuse from adults (Healthline)
    How propane autogas is panning out for a New York school district (NGT News)
    Parents raise safety concerns over bus overcrowding (WSB-TV)

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    Educational vacations versus standardized testing
    The Atlantic
    Perhaps many of the parents who are disillusioned with America's hyper-standardized education system are channeling the famous scene from the 1976 film Network, when a news anchor — in the midst of an epic on-air soliloquy about modern society — declares, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore." Michael Rossi — the author of a now-famous letter to the principal of his children's school — probably wasn't as fed-up as the character in the film. But looking at his letter, he may have been close to it. Rossi and his wife Cindy brought their two young children — Jack and Victoria, who attend Rydal Elementary School in Pennsylvania — to Boston earlier this month to watch Rossi compete in this year's marathon. That meant the kids missed three days of school.
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    Violations for passing school buses on the rise
    Newton Daily News
    Ask nearly any American adult about ill-advised driving decisions around school buses and most will probably say they've seen at least one or two unsafe moves in their lifetime. Ask any Newton Community School District bus driver how often they see dangerous moves by drivers at a bus stop, and they'll likely recall a very recent occurrence. Iowa law requires all motorists to come to a complete stop whenever a bus's red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, but Newton bus drivers told the Newton Daily News many drivers don't follow the protocol.
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    Senate bill may provide big boost to competency education
    By: Brian Stack
    In a news release to its members, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning recently announced that it has been assisting in the reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The bill, known as the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, calls for states to continue to conduct annual accountability assessments but opens the door for states to consider things like growth measures, adaptive measurements, multiple measures and assess when ready, innovative assessment flexibility, and state-led accountability.
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    Plan unveiled to overhaul school system in Detroit
    The New York Times
    Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan unveiled a proposal to overhaul the failing Detroit public school system by creating two districts — one to manage paying off billions of dollars in debt, the other to oversee the day-to-day operations of the schools. The plan from Snyder, a Republican, was met with opposition even before it was officially announced: Hundreds of Detroit teachers called in sick to attend a protest at the State Capitol in Lansing. Their absence shut 18 public schools for the day. Teachers argued that Snyder's plan would not improve outcomes for Detroit children and that it was just a step toward turning the district into an all-charter district.
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    Most states lacked expertise to improve worst schools
    The Washington Post
    The Obama administration handed out more than $3 billion to the states and the District of Columbia to help them turn around their worst-performing schools as part of the federal stimulus spending that took place after the 2008 recession. But most states lacked the capacity to improve those schools, according to a new analysis by federal researchers. Although turning around the worst schools was a priority for nearly every state, most did not have the staff, technology and expertise to pull those schools out of the bottom rankings, according to a brief by the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Education Department.
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    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 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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