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NAPT Strategic Plan takes shape
Over the last several months, the NAPT Board of Directors has been working with the NAPT staff to update the Association's strategic plan. The Board has developed three overarching goals that will guide our work for the next three years:
The board met in Kansas City in May to work on an action plan that includes specific steps the Board and staff will take to achieve each goal as well as performance metrics to track progress. Over the course of the next few weeks, we'll outline each strategic goal, so stay tuned for further details. If you have any questions regarding this exciting initiative, please don't hesitate to contact your Region Director or NAPT headquarters at 800.989.6278.
- Identify the needs of school transportation professionals and ensure that the association model meets their needs.
- Provide school transportation professionals with resources designed to improve their communication and decision-making capabilities.
- Increase the number of school transportation professionals who are NAPT certified.
NAPT member benefit: Multiple $50,000 grants available through Zonar Systems
The National Association for Pupil Transportation and technology innovator Zonar Systems announced the 2015 grants for up to $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. Grants will be awarded to school districts in the U.S. and Canada that submit proposals for utilizing Zonar's widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting system, Global Position System, Real Time Engine Diagnostics Reporting, Student Tracking and Ground Traffic Control Web-based software for pupil transportation services.
Beginning this year, the Grant has been named the "Don Carnahan Memorial Grant" in recognition of Don's lifelong contributions to the student transportation industry. Don Carnahan dedicated 45 years to his career in the education and pupil transportation industry including school district administration, department of education administration and private sector employment partnering with education institutions. Don joined Zonar in 2003 and spent 11 years in a leadership role within Zonar. He was also a two term President of NAPT.
Download the grant application details here.
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 2015-16 school year if they so choose. Recipients will also be recognized in November at the NAPT Summit: Engage. Explore. Empower. in Richmond, Virginia.
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 Oct. 12. Zonar will evaluate the applications and make final decisions on an ongoing basis.
Committed to the safe, efficient transportation of students to and from school each day, NAPT is pleased to offer this benefit to members. "With limited budgets, school districts are often challenged when it comes to acquiring leading-edge technology," stated NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin. "Together, NAPT and Zonar are working to help districts across North America enhance student safety, drive efficiency, save real dollars and improve management with real-time tools for pupil transportation systems."
Details on the requirements and application process are at www.napt.org, and information about Zonar products and services is at www.zonarsystems.com.
Tick tock only 10 days to save on NAPT Summit registration
Register for the Summit today and save $100! The full conference rate is only $299 before Aug. 1. Take advantage of this great discount ... register online today!
Engage. The entire 2015 program is dedicated to providing you with the information and tools necessary to maintain efficient and effective operations. Take a look at this year's schedule and session topics.
Explore. Take part in our One-Day Trade Show with more than 120 vendors providing the latest in products and services designed to help you perform your job better. See who's already registered to exhibit.
Empower. Take your career to the next level! You'll head back to your organization with valuable information, new and enhanced professional connections and tools and resources designed to ensure student safety, improve efficiency and increase savings. So, save $100 and register today.
Plan your travel early. Visit the website for hotel and travel options to and around Richmond, Virginia.
We look forward to seeing you in Richmond, Virginia, this November.
FREE NAPT member webinars continue
In an effort to provide timely and relevant education to members, NAPT offers monthly webinars on a variety of topics. Take a look at what's coming up!
Next up, Transportation Technology: Don't Let It DRIVE You Crazy! During this complimentary member webinar, we'll discuss:
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 29 at 1 p.m. EDT
- 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
Sept. 30: Preparing Your Operation for Winter Register today!
Oct. 28: Inside Washington: How and Why Democracy Begets Bureaucracy Register today!
Remember, if you've missed any of our webinars, they are all recorded and available in the Member Resources area of the Members' Only section of the website. Log in today.
NAPT Elections and Nominations Information
During NAPT's Annual Summit this November, elections will be held for the following:
To see who currently holds these positions and what states each Region covers, click here.
- Director - Region 1
- Director - Region 3
- Affiliate Member Director
Pursuant to the Article IV, Section 4.21 of the NAPT By-laws: "Any person who wishes to be a candidate for ... President-elect or regional director must be an active individual member as defined in Section 2.11 (1) and have completed two years as a member in good standing before he/she becomes eligible to run for the Board of Directors. Any person who wishes to be the Affiliate Member Director must be an affiliate member as defined in Article II, Section 2.12 and have completed two years as a member in good standing before he/she becomes eligible to run for the Board of Directors. An affiliate member is not eligible to be President, President-Elect or a regional director."
- Anyone interested in running for President-elect must be nominated by two Individual-Active members. This seat may not be held by an Affiliate Member (also called a Business Partner Individual member)
o President-elect is selected by vote of all Individual – Active members
- Anyone interested in running for one of the regional director positions must be nominated by a minimum of two Individual-Active members from their particular Region of the association.
o Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.
- Anyone interested in running for Affiliate Member Director must be nominated by two Affiliate members (also called Business Partner Individual members)
o Affiliate Member Director is selected by vote of all Affiliate (Business Partner Individual) members.
ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS — Any NAPT member seeking to vote by absentee ballot must send a written request for a ballot to NAPT headquarters. All requests must be received no later than the close of business on Friday, Sept. 25.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED TO VOTERS — Official absentee ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters no later than Friday, Oct. 9.
ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than Friday, Oct. 30.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 10. Elections will be held in Richmond, Virginia, on the Trade Show floor from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Nominate your colleagues for an industry award
Applications for NAPT Awards Now Available Online
Looking to honor a colleague for helping make school transportation the safest, most effective way for 26 million children to get to and home from school each day? Do so by submitting a nomination for one of NAPT's six national awards!
Driver Training Award (sponsored by IC Bus) — The NAPT Driver Training Award rewards school districts with exemplary driver training programs. Submit an application online now.
Continuing Education Award (sponsored by Thomas Built Buses) — The NAPT Continuing Education Award enables individuals to access NAPT's education and training programs, both online and in person. Submit an application online now.
Specialized Transportation Award (sponsored by Sure-Lok International, LLC) — This award was established to give special recognition to an individual or school system that provides exemplary service to students with specialized transportation needs. Submit an application online now.
Heroism Award (sponsored by Blue Bird Corporation) — Our Heroism Award recognizes individuals that have performed an act of rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others, particularly if the individual demonstrated extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save someone else's life at considerable risk to self. Submit an application online now.
Distinguished Service Award — The NAPT Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize an individual who has performed exemplary service for or on behalf of NAPT at the state and/or national level. This is the second highest honor NAPT can bestow on an individual or company. Submit an application online now.
Hall of Fame — Induction into the NAPT Hall of Fame is the highest honor NAPT can bestow. Honorees must meet the highest standards of personal and professional integrity, including distinguished service to both the industry and the Association. Click here to see the NAPT HoF guidelines.
Please consider nominating someone you know for an NAPT Award today.
If you have questions, feel free to contact NAPT Awards Committee Chair Theresa Anderson at email@example.com, co-Chair Jerry Milliken at Milliken,firstname.lastname@example.org or NAPT headquarters at 800.989.6278.
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: AngelTrax, D&D Instruments, Gray Ram Tactical and Transfinder. 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.
AngelTrax (www.angeltrax.com) is a leading designer, manufacturer and provider of in-vehicle mobile surveillance for the student transit, mass transit, waste management, law enforcement and locomotive industries. Drawing from diverse technical expertise, extensive industry knowledge and constant customer feedback, AngelTrax continues to meet and exceed the needs of transportation providers around the globe.
D&D Instruments (www.ddinstruments.com) repairs and re-manufactures over 5,000 instrument clusters a year. Because of this, there are very few surprises that they haven't encountered, and very few problems they have been unable to fix! They have repaired just about every make and model that you can think of, giving them the experience that is needed to repair or rebuild your specific instrument cluster.
Gray Ram Tactical (www.grayramtactical.com) is a national training and consulting firm, with a team of dedicated consulting experts whose focus is the implementation and execution of workplace safety. No project is too small or company too large for them when it comes to creating emergency planning and providing training and support.
Transfinder (www.transfinder.com) was founded in 1988 and headquartered in the capital region of New York State. They are a national leader in student transportation management systems and services, offering routing and scheduling solutions for optimal transportation logistics. Used extensively by over 1,500 school districts in 47 states, Transfinder is the industry leader in several states, including Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York and Texas. The company also holds approved vendor status in Idaho and Illinois.
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NSTA Announces Winners of School Bus Driver International Safety Competition
The National School Transportation Association is pleased to announce the following winners, which were acknowledged on Sunday, July 19 at NSTA's Dinner and Awards Ceremony, sponsored by IC Bus. Banquet festivities were held at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.
Does class size matter in education?
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Texas school districts were in the spotlight again as recent reports revealed thousands of elementary classes exceeding their set 22-pupil maximum size limit. The number of classrooms that exceeded this limit in 2014 was up to 5,883, meaning 130,000 K-4 students were cramming in together. The fast-growing school districts in the state have sought more funding so they can hire more teachers and deal with the influx of students. But Texas is not the only state facing such a dilemma.
Wisconsin school vouchers for students with special needs survive early challenges
Wisconsin Gov. (and recently announced Republican presidential candidate) Scott Walker signed a budget bill that will allow certain students with disabilities to use public dollars to pay for private school. The provision will start in the 2016-2017 school year and will be worth $12,000 in that first year. It can be used by students who attended a Wisconsin public school for at least one year and who had been rejected from enrolling as a nonresident in another school district under Wisconsin's open-enrollment policy.
ESEA rewrite: What to expect from House-Senate conference
Education leaders from both chamber of Congress begin brokering an overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act this week after recent passage of starkly differing House and Senate bills, in hopes of delivering something to the president's desk this fall.
Revising the No Child Left Behind Act: Issue by issue
The U.S. Senate has voted to pass a bipartisan bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which hasn't gotten a facelift since 2002, when former President George W. Bush signed the law's current version, the No Child Left Behind Act. Now the legislation will have to go to conference with a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month.
Florida sees surge in homeschooling
Tampa Bay Times
The number of home-schooled children is Florida saw its biggest increase in five years during 2014-15, according to a recently released Florida Department of Eductation report. Last year, the state counted 84,096 children in homeschooling, up 9.6 percent from a year earlier. The number of families involved rose by a much smaller 2.6 percent, suggesting that a big chunk of the growth could be related to youngsters in those families growing old enough for school.
Understanding the geography of growth in rural child poverty
Poverty always signifies economic stress, but poverty among children is particularly problematic as it can be detrimental to health and economic well-being as they make their way to adulthood. In 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey showed that nearly 2.6 million nonmetropolitan children younger than 18 years old lived in families with incomes below the official poverty line. The overall nonmetropolitan area child poverty rate of 26 percent was markedly higher than the 1999 rate of 19 percent reported for the same area in the 2000 Census. It was also higher than the 2013 metropolitan rate of 21 percent.
US government to collect data on 'grit' levels of students
The Washington Post
Grit. It's the not-so-new thing in education that has nevertheless become a current watchword, in general for how much students persevere and stay on task. What exactly is it? Is it related to a student's character? Can it be taught? If so, how? Should it be taught? Does it always produce positive results for students? Can it be measured in any meaningful way?
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.
Hot areas for education technology investment in 2015
Investment in educational technology has exploded over the past few years, with education tech companies raising more than $1.36 billion in 2014, according to an Edsurge analysis. This figure accounts for 201 rounds of funding that raised money from nearly 400 unique investors. The largest deals were made in the areas of curriculum products, teacher needs, school operations, post-secondary and "other."
Some states would lose big money with proposed education funding changes
The Washington Post
Congress's debate about rewriting the nation's main education law has featured high-profile disagreements over testing, vouchers and school accountability, but there is another issue that has just as much potential to derail the legislation: money. A forthcoming amendment from Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, would change the formula used to allocate Title I funds, a move that would create big winners and losers among the states. Thirty-six states and the Washington, D.C. would gain Title I dollars, which are meant to educate poor children. But that leaves 14 states that would see cuts, including big losers New York (whose districts would lose $310 million), Illinois ($188 million) and Pennsylvania ($120 million).
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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 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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