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Settlement sought over Portsmouth, Va. child left on bus
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The School Board is seeking court approval of a $15,000 settlement in a case involving a child "inadvertently left unattended on a school bus" in March 2007. The legal document gives no further details of the incident other than to state the child was treated for post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms afterward. More

Budget cuts prevent school districts from getting new buses
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The North Carolina General Assembly has decided not to pay for any new school buses for the 2010-11 school year. Budget cuts have prompted this decision by state education leaders. There are 100 school districts across North Carolina and the state pays for more than 14,000 buses which transport nearly 800,000 students each year. This decision will save the state about $12 million. More

Omaha, Neb. public schools add GPS to 264 small buses
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More Omaha Public Schools students will climb on board buses this fall that are equipped with a high-tech tool. The district's transportation officials are installing GPS tracking devices on the 264 small buses the district owns and operates. GPS was added for safety and efficiency. More

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Obama's education program faces $500 million cut despite veto threat
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House Democrats have challenged President Obama's education agenda, approving a bill that would slice funding from his flagship school reform program despite a White House veto threat. The war-funding bill the House approved recently included a provision the Obama administration strenuously opposed — a proposed $500 million cut to the president's $4.35 billion Race to the Top reform contest. More

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Texas sets a record road deal
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The Texas Transportation Commission is preparing a record $1.5 billion bond issue under the voter-approved program known as Proposition 14 that dedicates fuel taxes and vehicle fees toward highway construction. The deal will include taxable Build America Bonds and tax-exempt revenue bonds in a combination to be determined before pricing the week of July 26. More

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October 30 - November 4

NAPT is climbing the summit in Portland, Oregon, this year and our 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show offers something for everyone. Visit us online and watch for updates on the program and see why getting to the NAPT Summit should be at the top of your "to-do list" in 2010. Make your hotel reservation.

2010 NAPT Summit Program Announcement! The NAPT Board of Directors and the NAPT Program Committee are pleased to announce the release of the tentative program and list of workshops that will be available at the 2010 NAPT Summit. View the tentative program for a list of Workshop Topics and download a copy of the Conference Registration form. For additional information visit NAPT's home page.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!


NAPT Has A New Website!

The National Association for Pupil Transportation is pleased to announce the launch of its re-designed website. The new homepage provides uncluttered, one-click access to a wide variety of information, including all of NAPT's communication, leadership, education, advocacy and resource projects. The new site also features enhanced registration tools for NAPT events, including the 2010 NAPT Summit, the association's 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show set for October 30 through November 4 in Portland, Ore.

"This is the most comprehensive communication system we have ever had," said NAPT President Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D. "It provides the connection we need to keep members informed and involved in the current activities of the association."

Current NAPT Members receive exclusive and unrestricted access to the entire site via the Members Only portal. Log-in is easy - go to and enter your primary email address (the address where you currently receive email from us) as your user name and the password "napt3614". You will be required change your password upon log-in so please remember to store it in a safe, easy to remember place.

To facilitate a smooth transition, the old website will remain in use until August 1. You will be able to log in and get information from both sources, but only will be updated. After that date and will be identical and you will be able to use either to access our new website.

Questions and feedback should be directed to Brianne Peck, NAPT Member Services Specialist, at, Josh Bresett, NAPT Education and IT Specialist at, or Lynn Martin, NAPT Marketing and Communication Specialist at

NYAPT (New York Association for Pupil Transportation) Scholarship Winner Announced
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NAPT member Peter Lawrence and his wife Linda have endowed one (1) scholarship that will cover the registration fee of the NYAPT /CYR Foundation Conference to be held on July 10 – 13, 2010 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The winner, Jason Laroche, is a safety supervisor for Durham School Services in Syracuse, N.Y. and is also a bus driver for East Syracuse Minoa School District.

"There is a certain amount of 'enlightenment' that I want to take away from the conference," Laroche says. "It will be my first and I want to soak up all the creative juices that are created by the meeting — there's nothing greater than absorbing all that experience and taking it back to my operation — I want them [my employees] to be the best at what they do."

The training scholarship is awarded to school bus driver trainers or front line supervisors who work for a school district or private school bus company and train transportation staff.

For more information on the NYAPT event visit this link:

The Lawrence's have also endowed three (3) additional scholarships to be used to cover registration fees for the NAPT Annual Summit in Portland, Oregon. The Summit takes place October 30 – November 4, 2010. Please visit the NAPT website for more information at

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The National Transportation Safety Board makes the following new recommendations to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Require new commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating above 10,000 pounds to be equipped with lane departure warning systems. (H-10-01)

To maintain consistency in bus body classifications and to clarify the scope of bus safety initiatives, develop regulatory definitions and classifications for each of the different bus body types that would apply to all U.S. Department of Transportation agencies and promote use of the definitions among the bus industry and state governments. (H-10-02)
(This recommendation supersedes Safety Recommendations H-99-43 and -44 and is classified "Open-Unacceptable Response.")

In your rulemaking to improve motorcoach roof strength, occupant protection, and window glazing standards, include all buses with a gross vehicle weight rating above 10,000 pounds, other than school buses. (H-10-03)

Develop performance standards for all newly manufactured buses with a gross vehicle weight rating above 10,000 pounds to require that overhead luggage racks are constructed and installed to prevent head and neck injuries and remain anchored during an accident sequence. (H-10-04)
(This recommendation supersedes Safety Recommendations H-09-23 and -24.)

Develop stability control system performance standards applicable to newly manufactured buses with a gross vehicle weight rating above 10,000 pounds. (H-10-05)

Once the performance standards from Safety Recommendation H-10-05 have been developed, require the installation of stability control systems in all newly manufactured buses in which this technology could have a safety benefit. (H-10-06).

Require that all buses above 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating be equipped with on-board recording systems that:

  1. record vehicle parameters, including, at minimum, lateral acceleration, longitudinal acceleration, vertical acceleration, heading, vehicle speed, engine speed, driver's seat belt status, braking input, steering input, gear selection, turn signal status (left/right), brake light status (on/off), head/tail light status (on/off), passenger door status (open/closed), emergency door status (open/closed), hazard light status (on/off), brake system status (normal/warning), and flashing red light status (on/off; school buses only)
  2. record status of additional seat belts, airbag deployment criteria, airbag deployment time, and airbag deployment energy
  3. record data at a sampling rate sufficient to define vehicle dynamics and be capable of preserving data in the event of a vehicle crash or an electrical power loss
  4. are mounted to the bus body, not the chassis, to ensure recording of the necessary data to define bus body motion.
(This recommendation supersedes Safety Recommendation H-99-53 and is classified "Open-Unacceptable Response.")

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 non-member 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 Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.
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