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Still time to register for NAPT's 2014 LED program
Register by next Tuesday, July 15 and join industry leaders from across the nation during NAPT's 2014 Leading Every Day (LED) program! This year's comprehensive program will include three webinars (August, September & October) and a ½ day face-to-face workshop on Friday, November 7 in Kansas City, MO. Our Guest Lecturer, George Pitagorsky, PMP, will cover project management and process improvement with an emphasis on behavioral skills. Register today!

Program objectives:
  • enhancing your ability to manage multiple projects and people simultaneously
  • learning to bring projects to healthy, successful conclusions
  • sharpening your ability to improve project performance or sustain it at a chosen level

Space is Limited - Act Quickly
The registration deadline is Tuesday, July 15* and the program is only open to the first 40 registrants, so reserve your space today!

* In order for this program to be most effective, a minimum of 25 participants registered by Tuesday, July 15 is required. If we do not reach the minimum number of participants, the NAPT Board will reassess the 2014 LED program offering.

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Many states offering NAPT PDS courses @ summer conferences
Working towards your professional certification through NAPT, or looking to increase your knowledge in a specific area? Take advantage of our State Affiliates offering NAPT PDS courses in conjunction with their annual conference. Missouri, South Carolina, Wyoming and Maine are all offering courses this month, so click here to find PDS courses in your corner of the country.

Remember, to receive credit you'll have to register and pay for the course through NAPT and sign in on-site. If you have any questions, please contact NAPT Education Specialist Josh Bresett at

Happy learning!

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NAPT's Mike Martin co-presents webinar July 17th
Buses, Boots, and Bicycles: Getting Safe Routes to School and Student Transportation Departments to Work Together

Student transportation departments usually focus on school buses, but they have the potential to do much more. This webinar will address how collaboration between student transportation departments and Safe Routes to School can enable children to get to school safely. Speakers will discuss barriers to collaboration, strategies for overcoming those obstacles, and specific ways to work together. The webinar will also showcase a school transportation department that gets kids to school by foot, bicycle, scooter, school bus, and carpool.

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  • Michael Martin, Executive Director, National Association for Pupil Transportation
  • Bob Young, CDPT, Director of Transportation, Boulder Valley School District & NAPT Member
  • Sara Zimmerman, Technical Assistance Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

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NAPT & Zonar Systems partner to offer members $50,000 equipment grants
Looking for new, state-of-the-art equipment for your buses? NAPT and Zonar Systems have again partnered to provide grants for $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. Take advantage of this member benefit and download the grant application here.

The 2014 grants will be awarded to school districts that submit proposals for utilizing Zonar's widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) system. New for 2014, school districts applying for and receiving the grants will be notified on a rolling basis, allowing them to implement the systems in advance of the 2014-2015 school year if they so choose. Recipients will also be recognized in November at the NAPT Summit: Driving Innovation in Kansas City, MO.

Grants are only open to NAPT members in good standing. Please contact NAPT headquarters at 800-989-NAPT (6278) to verify or renew your membership, or join online today! Applications will be accepted in NAPT headquarters through October 15, 2014. Zonar will evaluate the applications and make final decisions on an ongoing basis.

Details on the requirements and application process are at and information about Zonar products and services at

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NAPT member completes Special Needs Transportation training
Congratulations to Wanda Cooper (East Irondequoit School District, NY)

By successfully completing this rigorous curriculum geared toward transportation personnel serving students with disabilities, Wanda Cooper demonstrated her commitment to the profession, district, and students. NAPT's Special Needs Transportation training consists of a series of traditional classroom and hands-on training specifically designed to test the skills and enhance the knowledge of those working with students with disabilities. Congratulations Wanda!

As of July 1, NAPT now offers a Certification in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT), providing a level of professional recognition that meets the evolving needs and acknowledges professionals' experience and commitment. In order to become a CSNT, candidates will have to complete 8 classes, including the 5 elements of NAPT's original Special Needs Transportation (SNT) training curriculum and the following three classes in the NAPT Professional Development Series:

  • Student Transportation Orientation (PDS 101)
  • Presentation Skills (PDS 202) OR Communication Skills for Transportation Professionals (PDS 203) OR Team Communication Strategies (PDS 204)
  • Introduction to Leadership & Management (PDS 701) OR Personal Skills for Managers (PDS 702) OR Personal Skills – Time Management (PDS 703).

All of these courses are available online and can be completed when your schedule allows. Consistent with NAPT's entire professional certification program, candidates will be required to successfully complete an exam to receive Certification. The exam will be available this November, and offered at NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation in Kansas City, MO.

The current fee for certification enrollment, application and exam is $50 (U.S. funds) for members of NAPT. Non members must pay a fee of $150 (U.S. funds), which includes their NAPT membership for one year. The certification fee is used for processing and is non-refundable. The fees for NAPT members to attend PDS courses are $20 (in person) and $40 (online). PDS courses at the NAPT Summit are available at no charge to current NAPT members. Non member fees to attend the courses are $50 (in person) and $100 (online).

For more information about the certification program, please contact NAPT headquarters at 800-989-6278 or You may also visit the NAPT website at to learn more about NAPT's new SNT Certification program.

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School's out, but the buses keep on running
The Saratogian
They are taken for granted by many, those who ride them and those who see them pass by. The big yellow school buses lumbering down county roads stop every so often to either pick up or drop off school students. From September to June they are a part of many people's daily commute. Then they seemingly vanish only to reappear two months later like a heavily tanned vacationer returning from a cruise. One hardly thinks about them until a school budget vote includes a proposition for new replacements and the price tag makes one took twice. But just as teachers and administrators are integral parts of any school district, the transportation department and the people in them are a vital if unnoticed cog in the educational wheel.
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Boston school bus drivers hurt themselves and alienate others
The Boston Globe
United Steelworkers Local 8751, which represents about 700 Boston school bus drivers, is a throwback. Labor leaders in Boston are trying to keep the union from becoming extinct. But it will be hard to dredge up any sympathy from Bostonians. Nothing short of mass amnesia is likely to blot out the public’s memory of last October's wildcat strike, which left thousands of children stranded on city sidewalks.
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Can see-through backpacks prevent school violence?
District Administration Magazine
Recent school stabbings and cases of students caught with weapons have driven some districts to ban traditional cloth backpacks in favor of easily searchable clear or mesh bags. "The idea is that clear bags will act as a deterrent and make it harder for someone to bring a weapon on campus," says Aubrey Chancellor, spokesperson for the North East ISD in San Antonio.
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Louisiana school bus law could add costs and travel time
Officials are warning that a new state law could cause a big increase in school bus costs and travel times across Louisiana. The law, which takes effect in August, prohibits bus drivers from picking up or dropping off students in locations where they would have to cross traffic lanes. The News-Star reports that some districts estimate it will cause their buses to drive nearly twice the distance as before the law. Representative Rob Shadoin said the law, which was intended to address problems in metropolitan areas like New Orleans and Baton Rouge, is having an unintended impact on all school districts across the state.
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New initiative stresses equal access to good teachers
The Huffington Post
The Obama administration will soon announce plans to enforce a long-ignored federal mandate: a decade-old requirement that states give students of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds equal access to good teachers. The new initiative, called "Excellent Educators for All," aims to bring states into compliance with a teacher equity mandate in the No Child Left Behind Act.

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School violence studied in bus drivers' training
The Columbus Dispatch
School violence is not going away, and bus drivers are at risk. "Look at your environment. You have a 22-inch walkway, you're in a confined space, and your back faces (the students). There are disadvantages going on here," said Jesus Villahermosa Jr., who recently taught bus drivers how to handle a crisis at Central Crossing High School in Grove City, Ohio

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More than 30,000 medical professionals now listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that 8,000 more health professionals have been added to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners since the new system for USDOT medical examinations launched last month with 22,000 providers. Another 22,500 medical professionals have also initiated the process for gaining their certification.

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'Hero driver' named Wisconsin School Bus Driver of the Year
River Towns
A school bus driver called a hero by many was recently recognized by the Wisconsin School Bus Association. Steve Linehan was named Wisconsin School Bus Driver of the Year and presented with a plaque at a luncheon in Green Bay, for his actions getting 40 frightened children off of a burning bus last fall with only very minor injuries. Linehan said he is honored, but the children are the real heroes. "They're really the reason that I won this... They were the heroes in this whole ordeal, not me," said Linehan. "This was really scary for them, and they all behaved like young men and young women and they all got off safely."
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Proposed changes to LCAP renew debate
The California State Board of Education soon could revise the process that districts use to create their funding and accountability plans. In response to hundreds of public comments, the state board will consider explicitly requiring districts to consult with students as they write their Local Control and Accountability Plans, which lay out budget and student achievement priorities. The plans are a critical component of the community and parent participation that the state's new school funding system mandates.
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Bullied at school, a teen fights the administration that punished her
The Independent Weekly
Since the 1999 Columbine shootings, the definition of bullying has broadened, particularly after a string of teen suicides. Recent studies suggest that 1 in 5 children is a bullying victim, and legislators have tried to combat the problem. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 27 states signed anti-bullying bills into law in 2011 and 2012, compared to one in 2000. The Obama administration has hosted national conferences on bullying and launched an anti-bullying website. But while the new legislation is well intended, it has given rise to "zero-tolerance" suspensions and criminal charges, which are merely stop-gap measures that often exacerbate the problem, advocates say.
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STEM education growing, but still has room for improvement
By Suzanne Mason
The revival of interest in STEM education started with the national Educate to Innovate campaign in 2009. The campaign is designed to bring American students to competitive ranks with their international counterpart when it comes to the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Educators, organizations and the federal government have all taken steps to spark interest in both STEM education and careers. Five years later, the revival of STEM education is still in its infant steps, and it still has room to grow in both diversity and innovation.
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Victims, rescue squad of 1958 Kentucky bus crash to be honored
LEX 18
VideoBrief It's one of the worst school bus crashes in the country. The 1958 crash in Floyd County involved a bus with filled with children that ran off the road into an icy river. A total of 26 students and the driver died in the accident. The victims of that awful accident will soon be honored as will the oldest living rescue squad member from that time. "It was a cold winter day, the river half way up the banks," retired rescue squad member Bud Alexander said. "It's hard to believe what happened because the school bus was completely under water."
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The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces new competition
On July 2, the U.S Department of Education published a notice in the Federal Register inviting applications for a new award to establish and operate a National Technical Assistance Center on Improving Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students with Disabilities (Center). The notice can be accessed here. The center will assist State educational agencies, local educational agencies, state vocational rehabilitation agencies and other VR service providers to implement evidence-based and promising practices and strategies to ensure that students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and supports needed for success in postsecondary education and employment.
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Steering issue prompts Blue Bird school bus recall
Claims Journal
Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult. The company also is recalling a smaller number of school buses that may be prone to a propane fuel leak, according to paperwork filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The school bus maker said it has received no injury or accident reports tied to any of these recalls.
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Creating an emotionally healthy classroom environment
Teachers are not supposed to be psychological counselors. When a student has significant emotional problems, teachers should make sure they don't try to play that role and should instead refer the student to a school counselor or a licensed therapist. But what teachers can do is create an environment that helps alleviate the normal problems many students wrestle with and, at the very least, not add to them.
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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.

To order your copy, please email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.


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