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NAPT member completes Special Needs Transportation Endorsement program
Congratulations to Lonnie Reavis, Director of Transportation, Loudoun County Public Schools, Leesburg, VA
Reavis recently completed the last of the 5 different components of NAPT's special needs transportation training, which consists of traditional classroom and hands-on instruction specifically designed to enhance the knowledge of those working with students that require specialized transportation. The elements of NAPT's Special Needs Training include a 4-hour introduction to the transportation of students with special needs; a 8-hour course focused on the proper installation of child passenger safety restraint systems in school buses; attendance/participation in a "roadeo" for drivers and attendants/monitors of students that require specialized transportation; a written report about products and services for the transportation of students with special needs that are exhibited and explained at a Trade Show; and 4-hours of instruction about managing behaviors of students with special needs.
Additional information about NAPT's professional development and certification programs is available on the NAPT website.
RIP Naomi Cochrane, beloved wife of long-time NAPT member Frank Marasco
Please send your best thoughts and most positive energy to long-time NAPT member Frank Marasco, whose beloved wife Naomi Cochrane passed away peacefully at her home last Wednesday surrounded by her family. Naomi was memorialized at a celebration on June 15, where Frank and his family asked everyone to come dressed in bright attire as this is reflective of the kind of woman Naomi was — always bright and cheerful. In paying tribute to Naomi's life and legacy, Frank and his family have simply asked that you take as many opportunities as you can to love others and extend a helping hand in whatever way you can.
6th Keynoter Added to NAPT Summit Lineup
Join us in Richmond, VA this Fall to hear fantastic keynote speakers like Mark Aesch, Siphiwe Baleka, Scott Burrows and Alex Sheen. We're also offering 13 different in-depth (3 hr) training classes and DOZENS of workshops. Our trade show is AMAZING — it's 100,000 sq ft of the newest and most helpful products and services. And you get it all for one low price.
These are just some of the reasons why our event is THE school bus Summit. Visit www.naptsummit.org for additional information.
Visit the newly updated NAPT Summit website
Join us in Richmond, VA this Fall to hear fantastic keynote speakers like Mark Aesch, Siphiwe Baleka, Scott Burrows and Alex Sheen.
We're offering 13 different in-depth (3 hr) training classes and DOZENS of workshops.
Our trade show is AMAZING — it's 100,000 sq ft of the newest and most helpful products and services.
These are just some of the reasons why our event is THE school bus Summit.
Get it all for one low price.
Visit www.naptsummit.org for additional information.
Upcoming NAPT Webinars
Title: America's Best Training & Skills Challenge Update
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 17 @ 1pm ET
Presenter: Marshall Casey, America's Best Committee Chair
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members
During this webinar we'll discuss:
Reserve your space now!
- The new America's Best for technicians and inspectors
- How America's Best is now integrated with the NAPT Summit
- How you can bring America's Best to your state
Then join us in July! During this complimentary member webinar, Transportation Technology: Don't Let It DRIVE You Crazy, we'll discuss:
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 29 @ 1pm ET
- 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?
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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- Track buses (GPS)
- Gather engine/fuel data
- Offer student connectivity for homework (WiFi)
- Transfer security camera footage
- Transmit student badging data
Get 5 KPIs instantly with NAPT's 3D website
It's as easy as 1-2-3!
The end result is 5 free KPIs instantly! The over-arching goal of this dynamic website is to encourage student transportation professionals to speak a common language and make more data driven decisions.
- Visit the 3D website
- Download a data worksheet and compile the necessary information
- Enter your information in the system.
According NAPT President Keith Henry, CDPT, "One of our goals from the start has been to facilitate discussion and interaction among as many people as possible and give them a chance to participate in this project."
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: 247 Security Inc., First Student, Inc., HSM Transportation Solutions, and Trans/Air Manufacturing. Their logos will be posted for the next couple of weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.
247 Security Inc. (www.247securityinc.com) is a leading provider and manufacturer of mobile digital video recording equipment, security cameras and GPS data management applications. Their mission is to provide elegantly simple solutions designed for pupil transportation, public transit, taxicab, law enforcement, and a variety of fleet applications.
First Student, Inc. (www.firststudentinc.com) 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.
HSM Transportation Solutions (www.hsmsolutions.com) started from humble beginnings in 1944 and today nearly 2,500 HSM employees in more than 50 manufacturing plants in 17 U.S. states and China serve a vast array of customers. As a privately held company, our vision is focused on creating diverse solutions for our ongoing furniture and bedding customers, as well as for rapidly growing transportation, healthcare, packaging and government markets. From decades of experience in foam, metal, wire, converting and fiber to the latest integrated assemblies and systems, you'll find our team's performance creates solutions that give you a competitive advantage.
Trans/Air Manufacturing (www.transairmfg.com) was started in 1979 and has been successfully manufacturing the highest quality transportation air conditioning systems in the industry using a single, basic premise. Make a quality product and stand behind it. The company is an ISO 9001 registered firm, manufacturing a full line of climate control systems for the school, commercial and electric/hybrid vehicle markets. Units, parts, service, training, warranty, and new or aftermarket installations are available through factory-owned operations or a network of distributors throughout North America.
Driver Trainers Deserve Our respect
A joint statement by:
Keith P. Henry, CDPT, President of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) &
Nikki Hughes, President of the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute (PTSI)
Every now and then something comes to our attention that compels us to stand up for what's right; in this case, the thousands of women and men in the school bus industry that work tirelessly to be the best they can be every day.
So, it's in that vein that we are compelled to respond on behalf of school transportation professionals everywhere, driver trainers in particular, to a gratuitous statement recently made by an industry vendor attempting to create demand for a new training product.
It is common knowledge that school bus drivers and the people who train them — many of whom are drivers themselves — outperform their peers in almost every other industry. To diminish their accomplishments by implying that the results they achieve happen fortuitously demeans the culture of safety that school bus driver trainers have created over time. NAPT and PTSI believe that denigrating this important work is not only harmful to the reputational brand of our industry, it is disrespectful.
PTSI and NAPT have long worked together to create and provide training for a variety of professionals in the school transportation industry and together, PTSI and NAPT will continue to promote professionalism in school transportation. That includes responsible messaging.
We therefore want all school bus drivers, school bus driver trainers and the people that employ them to know that we respect you and the good work you do, we appreciate you, and we stand ready to help you fight misperceptions that may be fostered by anyone saying something reckless and disrespectful about you in the public domain.
NAPT and PTSI both have comprehensive training available for school bus driver trainers and other professionals in the school transportation market space. NAPT also offers the nation's preeminent national certification for school bus driver trainers. If you are interested in learning more about our programs, feel free to give us a call.
And be wary of any company that doesn't treat you with the courtesy, dignity and respect you deserve.
Questions or comments? Contact
Mike Martin, Executive Director, NAPT – 800-989-NAPT (6278) or
Kathleen Furneaux, CDPT, Executive Director, PTSI – 800-836-2210
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Massachusetts Reps eye path to add seat belts to school buses
Wicked Local Marshfield
Raising cost and compliance concerns, the group representing school bus contractors in Massachusetts recently told lawmakers they are not convinced that bills calling for seat belts on buses will achieve intended results. But the opinions of School Transportation Association of Massachusetts officials have not dissuaded lawmakers pushing bus belt requirement bills who say imposing the safety standard is a matter of "common sense" that will extend requirements already in place for other vehicles.
Few states have replenished education funds cut during recession
McClatchy Washington Bureau
Only a handful of states that cut education money during the recession have increased it since the economic recovery, according to a report about how public schools are funded. It also found that most states don't funnel extra education dollars to public schools with high concentrations of poverty. "The nation as a whole, this report shows, is failing to provide the resources our students need," said David Sciarra, executive director of the Education Law Center, an advocacy group for equal educational opportunity that produced the report. It covers the nation's 49 million K-12 students in public schools.
Kansas governor signs bill averting furloughs
The Kansas Legislature rapidly pushed through a bill Saturday to avert a midnight government shutdown, with Gov. Sam Brownback signing it despite concerns about its legality. The bill heads off furloughs for more than 24,000 state employees by defining them all as essential. Emergency furloughs triggered by the end of a budget year apply only to workers deemed nonessential to state operations.
Should schools schedule more field trips for students?
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
As rising debates about changes in education policies and methods rage all over the country, more school districts are exploring their field trip calendars to incorporate interactive and innovative learning programs. The latest to join the bandwagon is California with its "Local Control Funding Formula," which allows district leaders to collaborate with parents, teachers and students. Other states would do well to follow these new funding rules and initiate this kind of positive enthusiasm.
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Partial shutdown possible if Alabama doesn't pass budget
The Anniston Star
If you're wondering what will happen if Alabama lawmakers can't agree on a budget, you may want to keep a close eye on some other states in the next few weeks. An unusually large number of states have failed to pass budgets on time this year, said Arturo Perez, who studies state fiscal affairs for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Most of those states start their budget year on July 1 — and could shut down some state functions if a budget isn't in place.
California's surplus tempts Democrats to spend as Jerry Brown resists
California Gov. Jerry Brown has a tight fist when it comes to the budget. His fellow Democrats are pushing him to loosen his grip as state coffers overflow with billions in extra cash. The Democrats, who control both chambers of the statehouse, are drafting a budget that spends more than the record $115 billion Brown proposed in May. To boost funding for childcare and other programs for the poor, they cite a revenue projection from California's fiscal analyst that is $3.1 billion higher than Brown's estimate.
This summer, the cafeteria comes to the kids
"Chow bus! Chow bus! Chow bus!" chants Gunner Fischer, 3, as a custom-painted school bus rounds the corner and rumbles toward his apartment complex in Murfreesboro, Tenn. About 21 million students nationwide eat free and reduced-price meals throughout the school year, but getting those same kids fed during the summer is a challenge. Only a fraction of those make it to schools or community centers for summer meals. So some school districts are getting creative in the way they're using USDA funds: Murfreesboro City Schools is taking the cafeteria to the kids. The district calls it the Combating Hunger on Wheels Bus — or the CHOW bus.
How ineffective government funding can hurt poor students
The Atlantic (commentary)
Two new national reports paint a grim picture of unfair and inequitable funding of public education across states, with schools serving the highest proportion of impoverished students most often on the losing end. According to the first report, from the Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Education Law Center, states are forcing schools to continually do more with less, despite the country's gradual economic recovery from the recession. Case studies from individual schools and districts in four states — Colorado, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and South Carolina — are used to highlight the funding disparities outlined in the civil-rights advocacy group's report.
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Despite likely surplus, Ohio budget director urges lawmakers to act with caution
Ohio is poised to finish the 2015 budget year with a surplus approaching half a billion dollars, but as state lawmakers dicker over a new budget that will certainly include tax cuts, the state budget director continues to urge fiscal caution. While surplus money can be spent, even for tax relief, it needs to be done in a way that doesn't commit the state budget to spending on items over several years, said Tim Keen, director of the state's Office of Budget and Management.
House looks to resurrect ESEA Bill
Months after Republican leaders in Congress yanked a GOP-backed Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization off the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives amid sinking support from their own caucus, they appear poised to call it up again. As early as next week, according to sources, the Student Success Act could be brought to the floor under a new rule that allows members to vote on three new amendments in addition to final passage of the bill. The momentum comes after a difficult three months of whipping the bill which began losing support from Republicans after the Club for Growth and Heritage Action — two powerful conservative lobby organizations — announced their opposition to it.
Cyberbullying and face-to-face harassment a toxic combination for kids
Not all bullying is equal, according to a new study, with the old-fashioned, real-life variety more damaging than the cyber kind. A combination of both, however, could be the real danger to kids. Researchers from the University of New Hampshire analyzed interviews with 791 people (ages 10 to 20) who had taken part in a previous harassment survey. They looked at three types of bullying: face-to-face, technology only and a mix of the two.
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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