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Bus seat belt rule proposed by Obama administration
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Two years after an early-morning bus crash in Sherman, Texas left 17 passengers dead along U.S. Highway 75, the Obama administration moved this week to require that commercial buses be equipped with seat belts. The proposed rule could become final as soon as this winter and would take effect three years after that. A federal requirement that commercial buses have seat belts would mark a milestone in what has been a decades-long fight by safety advocates and crash survivors to make highway bus crashes less deadly.

New mobile application now available to Blackberry, Droid users
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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

Fight to stamp out bullying, safe-schools chief urges
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This week marked the first week back to school for students in a number of cities. But not all children find this time of year a happy one, among them the one in three, or estimated 18 million, who will be bullied in school this year. Keep those children in mind as you continue your work, Kevin Jennings, the assistant deputy U.S. secretary of education for safe and drug-free schools, told advocates, educators, and researchers as he closed out the federal government's first anti-bullying summit. More

Bus driver training
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The bus driver overheard a middle school student say as he was walking off the bus at the end of the day, "I am going to get several of you tomorrow on the bus and blow you away for making fun of me." This illustrates the complexity of driving a bus in today's world. What should drivers do in this sort of situation, and what if they choose to ignore the seriousness of the situation? What training have they received that ensures they know their important role in school safety? While most training for drivers focuses on mechanical and safety issues, more needs to be done to educate bus drivers in the important areas of effective discipline management. More

Before charging school bus fees, districts must know state law
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As more and more school districts nationwide consider the option of charging parents for school bus rides as a way to stay out of the red, a recent survey of states shows that there could be laws or regulations in place that prohibit such revenue-raising efforts. More

Jonas Brothers join the fight against distracted driving
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The Jonas Brothers' has teamed with Allstate's "X the TXT" campaign to help spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving. Surprisingly, Kevin, Joe, and Nick are not raising teen awareness of this deadly epidemic through a concert tour, but through a softball road-show featuring their team, the "Road Dogs." More

Counting carbon in transportation
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Counting carbon emissions is becoming a very big deal in the global business community these days. Now, whether you agree with the hazards posed by carbon emissions in terms of climate change/global warming is almost beside the point. Not only are governments around the planet aiming to regulate carbon emissions, businesses are in many cases jump-starting their own carbon reduction efforts, and not just to stay a step ahead of potential mandates. More

25 ways to simplify your business
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It's your typical day at the office. Like every other day, it started at 7:00 a.m. When you sat down with that first cup of coffee, you were hoping to get to work on some meaty stuff-strategic planning, ideas for that big project, a thorough review of your staffing needs for next quarter — the kind of long-term thinking that helps your business grow. But you'd barely gotten started when... it started. Urgent phone calls from clients. Personnel crises. Last-minute meetings. Suddenly, it's 7:00 p.m., and all you've done is put out fires. Want tomorrow to be different? Here's 25 easy ways to simplify your business so you'll have time for what really matters. More

Batteries a threat to airline safety?
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Some batteries used in cellphones and laptop computers can catch fire or explode and may present a hazard to air travel, officials say. Concern about a possible terrorist strike caused flight attendants to confiscate 58 batteries from a passenger aboard an American Airlines flight leaving New York, according to USA Today. The lithium-ion batteries are generally safe for consumer use but could be rigged to make a bomb, Indiana University engineer Jian Xie said. More

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New traffic signals make it safer for pedestrians
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A new kind of traffic signal in Delaware, the High-intensity Activated Cross Walk, or HAWK, recently became active and will make crossing Delaware 72 safer for students at the University of Delaware beginning this semester. Delaware joins a growing number of states and cities around the country with HAWK signals that allow people to cross a busy road, either at an intersection without a standard traffic signal or in the middle of a long stretch of road. More

Should all grades ride the same school bus?
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The question whether or not all grades should ride the same school bus is one that brings out many different opinions and attitudes, but the final decision is based more on economics than anything else. When all of the chips are on the table, it is more economical to send one bus to pick up elementary and high school kids from a specific area and deliver them to their schools, than to send separate buses for each. More

Lack of knowledge stymies efforts to stop bullying
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Despite increased attention to the bullying of school-age children, researchers, school leaders and federal education and health officials say more research is needed to pinpoint effective anti-bullying practices. More

Cab Warming & Engine Pre-heat without Carbon Emissions.

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.

States eye license-plate cameras as source of cash
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License-plate readers, officially known as "automatic number plate recognition," were introduced to the United States in the early 2000s. The technology first came to toll booths, as a tool to catch toll cheats. Later, they became linked in to law enforcement databases. Though the use of this technology has caused much controversy, recently, Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania proposed using the tag readers to crack down on uninsured and unregistered drivers — the plan sparked waves of protest. The idea of using tag readers explicitly as a revenue-raising tool seems to have made many Pennsylvanians uncomfortable. 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 newly released and updated tentative agenda for a list of Workshop Topics and download a copy of the Conference Registration form. For additional information visit NAPT's home page.

Early Bird Conference Registration Deadline Extended to Sept 1st.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!


Three seats on the NAPT Board of Directors are open for election this year: Director — Region 1; Director — Region 5; and a Director at Large. All positions have a three-year term that begins this November and ends on the same date in 2013. Any person who wishes to be a candidate for NAPT Director must be an active individual member of the association for at least two (2) years. Anyone interested in running for office must be nominated by a minimum of two (2) active individual members of the association; candidates for regional director must be nominated by individuals whose address is in that particular region.

At Large Directors are selected by a vote of all active members. Regional directors are selected by a vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.


Current Board member, Keith Henry, CDPT, Director of Transportation for the Independence (MO) Transportation Department has been nominated for re-election to the Director at Large position. Henry was nominated by Steve Kalmes, Director of Transportation for the Anchorage (AK) School District; the nomination was seconded by Denny Coughlin, President of School Bus Training Company, Rosemount, MN.

NAPT members may vote at the 2010 NAPT Annual Summit in Portland, Oregon in November. Individuals interested in learning more are encouraged to visit our website at or call (800) 989-6278.


NAPT President Linda F. Bluth, Ed. D., has announced the following dates and deadlines for the 2010 NAPT Election:

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 October 8, 2010.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED TO VOTERS — Official absentee ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters no later than October 12, 2010.

ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than October 25, 2010.

Election Day is Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Elections will be held in Portland, Oregon on the Trade Show floor from 10:00 – 12:00 Noon.

Questions about the election should be directed to

Delco Remy Endows NAPT's "America's Best" Scholarship Program

NAPT is delighted to announce that Delco Remy has endowed $5,000 for the 2010 "America's Best" Scholarship Program. The "America's Best" Scholarship Program is a means to provide financial assistance for qualifying technicians and inspectors to attend the 2010 national competition.

"America's Best" is North America's only annual premier skills competition exclusively for the professional School Bus Technician and Inspector. Contestants come from all segments of the School Bus Maintenance Industry and from many States and Provinces. This year, the seventh annual competition will take place at Jasper Engines & Transmissions in Jasper, Indiana.

To qualify for an "America's Best" Scholarship:

  1. Competitor must have met all qualifications as described in the "America's Best" rules and was a winning competitor in their local state competition or chosen by an authorized state committee as their representative to "America's Best."
  2. All submissions for scholarship funds must include estimated cost for travel expenses and lodging to attend "America's Best."
  3. All applications must be submitted to the "America's Best" Scholarship Committee (ABSC) for review and evaluation at least 45 days prior to the "America's Best" competition. Apply soon! Application deadline: August 13, 2010.
  4. The ABSC will review all applicants and notify scholarship winners at least 30 days prior to the competition.
  5. Only one (1) scholarship will be awarded per state/per sponsor.
  6. All awards as determined by the ABSC shall be final.

Distribution of Funds — The individual scholarship awards will be based on the number of competitors applying for the scholarship funds and the total funds available for scholarships. Scholarships are designated to cover the anticipated cost for a competitor to attend and participate in "America's Best." Associated costs that will be considered are travel expenses (car, airfare, lodging, etc.) for the competitor only.

Scholarship sponsors will provide a list of competitors to which their funds were distributed. Any funds not used in 2010 will be carried forward to the next competition.

The ABSC will be comprised of one (1) NAPT board member, two (2) "America's Best" Committee members, and a scholarship sponsor representative.

The 2010 "America's Best" host is Jasper Engines & Transmissions at their facility and takes place September 28 — October 1, 2010.

For more information, please visit the America's Best website at For information on Delco Remy, visit their website at

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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