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Richmond will outfit all school buses with alarms
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If Richmond, Va. Superintendent Yvonne W. Brandon gets her way — and by all indications, she will — she'll be able to start the 2010-11 school year with a simple promise when it comes to getting students to and from school. "With this system, we will be able to guarantee all of our students disembark their buses at school and at home," she said recently at the Belt Boulevard bus depot, showing off a bus-safety system. More

Atlanta school district gets new hybrid bus
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Atlanta Public Schools is the first district in the state to get a brand-new hybrid school bus. The Thomas Built Hybrid Saf-T-Liner C2 bus will start its route July 21 taking students to Boyd Elementary School, which is on a year-round calendar. The bus is designed to reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions with a partially electric motor. More

Legislation brings school bus safety, costs up to date
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Legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Jennifer Granholm marks state Rep. Gail Haines' first bill enacted into state law. Under Haines' House Bill 5363, school districts throughout Michigan will save an aggregate of $600,000 by reducing the costs they incur providing health examinations to school bus drivers. More

New rules may cloud the outlook for biomass
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An energy technology that has long been viewed as a clean and climate-friendly alternative to fossil fuels is facing tough new regulatory hurdles that could ultimately hamper its ability to compete with renewable power sources like wind and solar. Dozens of biomass power plants, which typically burn plant or tree matter to generate electricity, are already in operation in a variety of states, like California, Michigan and Maine. More

Number of school bus stops to be cut in Chatham district
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Many students in the Ball-Chatham School District of Springfield, Ill. will be walking farther to and from their bus stops next school year. The school board recently agreed to set school bus stop locations based on geography rather than on where individual students live. As a result, buses will no longer make door-to-door stops, and most bus stops will be at intersections. More

Cook-Illinois Corporation Among Greenest in Country
Cook-Illinois Corporation was the first in Illinois to switch to biodiesel fuel, create a clean air museum for kids and purchase a hybrid school bus. Check us out at: MORE

Lockheed Martin to evaluate wireless network architecture for US Department of Transportation
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Working with the Department of Transportation, Lockheed Martin will refine and validate the requirements and architecture of a new communications infrastructure, named IntelliDrive, which will ultimately permit safety and traffic systems to communicate. Leveraging the potentially transformative capabilities of wireless technology to make surface transportation safer, smarter and greener is the goal of the DOT's IntelliDrive system. More

Parents, NY1 help bring air-conditioned rides to special ed students
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A group of parents was fighting all week to get their children a safe ride to school. They said the bus provided by the Department of Education takes a two-hour route across Manhattan, and in 100-degree heat it was not air conditioned. Worst of all, the parents said their children are not able to speak up for themselves, since they have autism. More

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Airlines fees should be more widely disclosed in US, GAO says
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Airlines don't include the fees in the route and fare data they provide to travel agents, who sell 60 percent of all tickets, either online or through independent or corporate travel services, the Government Accountability Office said today in the report. Carriers have been adding charges, such as fees for baggage and reservation changes, to boost revenue beyond airfares. More

It's taken nearly two decades, but intelligent transportation system technology is beginning to exert an influence
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After nearly two decades of development, intelligent transportation system technologies are finally going "mainstream." The eyes of the ITS community — in both the public and the private sectors — remain firmly fixed on the big prize, self-controlling "autonomous" vehicles that respond to environmental and vehicle cues, and embedded signals, to avoid crashes, save lives and optimize travel. More

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Espar Independent Heating Systems enable drivers to pre-heat their school buses offering warm starts, defrosted windows and a safe and comfortable environment for students, all without engine idling.

'Common core standards': Education reform that makes sense
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In many third-grade classrooms in California, students are taught — briefly — about obtuse and acute angles. Their math training so far hasn't taught them the concepts involved. It makes no pedagogical sense, but California's academic standards call for third-graders to at least be exposed to the subject, and because angles might be on the standardized state test at the end of the year, exposed they are. More

Greenspan calls for Congress to let all Bush tax cuts expire
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Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, whose backing of George W. Bush's 2001 tax cuts helped persuade Congress to pass them, said lawmakers should allow the reductions to expire at the end of this year. "They should follow the law and let them lapse," Greenspan said in an interview on Bloomberg Television's "Conversations with Judy Woodruff," citing a need for the tax revenue to reduce the federal budget deficit. More

Retirement for dummies
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The joys of retirement. No more long days on the job for this dummy. No more slamming into offset barriers at high speed. No more skull fractures or knee replacements. Just a nice, quiet spot at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, where he can spend the rest of his days in the permanent collection. More

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

Are You a Yellow School Bus Champion?

Many states are reporting that increased competition for shrinking dollars is exerting pressure on education funding decisions. The result could be a dangerous shift in priorities. Far too many states are reporting that school transportation is on the chopping block. What does that mean for the system that currently brings close to half of children in grades K-12 to school each day? That's a question that currently keeps many of us up at night.

If you believe the yellow school bus is the most effective, most efficient way for kids to get to school each day, then the American School Bus Council wants you to be a "Yellow School Bus Champion" and help explain how school buses:

Help the Environment — school buses keep an estimated 17.3 million cars off the road each school morning. In terms of carrying students, 1 bus = 36 cars. Buses are running 96 percent cleaner than buses manufactured in 1994.

Provide a Gateway to Education — what happens in the classroom stays in the classroom if students can't get to and from school. Equal access, student achievement and performance are all affected if students are unable to ride the bus to school. Many students may not get there at all without a school bus.

Keep Kids Safe — students are 44 times more likely to arrive alive riding the bus rather than driving themselves or riding with friends.

At the South Eastern States Pupil Transportation Conference in Columbia, SC, last week, ASBC launched the trial version of its eagerly anticipated multi-media presentation pointing up the many benefits of yellow school bus ridership. As you can see from the picture above, the feedback was excellent.

You will hear and see more about this in the coming months but in the meantime, we are looking for folks who want to help us teach people about the benefits of school bus transportation.

So the question is: Do you have what it takes to be a Yellow School Bus Champion?

Spence H. Holder, December 2, 1943 - July 18, 2010

With great sadness, we'd like to convey that Spence Holder passed away yesterday in his home state of Arkansas. Spence was a friend, colleague, and mentor to many in the industry, having served as Arkansas's state director of student transportation from 1988 to 2000, and as President of NASDPTS (National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services) in 1996 and 1997.

He was also President of the Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference in 1994. He was instrumental in the growth and ongoing success of the Arkansas School Bus Mechanics Association (ASBMA), which remains known as one of the strongest technician training groups in the country. Prior to leading and advocating for student transportation safety in Arkansas and nationally, Spence served as a teacher, as high school principal and as Secondary Curriculum Supervisor for the Arkansas Department of Education.

Mike Simmons, Spence's successor as state director in Arkansas, described Spence as one who always put the safety of students first. His belief was that you never put a child in anything but a yellow school bus.

Here is the link to the obituary and information on his funeral arrangements:
Spence H. Holder, December 2, 1943 - July 18, 2010

He is survived by his beloved wife, Dee, three sons and their families. Personal notes can be addressed to:

Dee Holder, Chris, Tracy, and Stacy Holder,
619 Chaucer Ct.,
Jacksonville, AR 72076.


2010 NSBSW Posters Available Through NAPT
2010 National School Bus Safety Week
"Cross In View, It's the Right Thing to Do!"
October 18-22

National School Bus Safety Week Posters (illustrated above) are now available free of charge, as long as supplies last. Contact Lynn Martin to receive them at

Note: The Poster Contest and Safety Week are two different events. The 2010 Poster theme becomes the 2011 National School Bus Safety Week theme and is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety. ***If your students are drawing posters for the 2010 competition, they should be using the poster theme: "Be Aware - Know the Danger Zone!"

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