U.S. Department of Education continues work after first-ever federal summit on bullying
U.S. Department of Education Share
Though the first-ever federal National Summit on Bullying may be over, the real work continues. The launch of a new website, www.bullyinginfo.org, allows for an easy, more centralized and accessible "one stop" site for federal resources on bullying, and a reinvigorated Office for Civil Rights means complaints of bullying and harassment will be vigorously investigated. In addition, the collaboration between federal agencies--the departments of Education, Justice, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Defense and Interior — will continue. More
Federal education report reveals major school safety budget cuts
Expert Clip Share
A new U.S Department of Education report shows the elimination of a major federal school safety grant program, combined with local education budget cuts, has created a 'perfect storm' climate for the upheaval of school violence prevention and security programs, according to Kenneth S. Trump, a national school safety expert. More
City eyes seatbelts on some buses
The Commercial Appeal Share
If you are the parent of a special-education student in Tennessee's Memphis City Schools, the district may be asking you for permission to harness your child to the bus seat. The district's new school buses do not have safety belts. While law does not require them, special-education buses in Memphis have had seatbelts for years. More
School system implements stricter screening process for bus drivers
The Rockingham County Schools Transportation Department in Virginia is making some changes when it comes to school buses, but these changes involve the person behind the wheel. Jumping off the bus in the afternoon or headed to school early in the morning, Rockingham County parent Alex Fitzgerald says he puts his life in the bus driver's hands each school day. More
Event data recorders used in NHTSA study of Toyotas have history of problems
The Washington Post Share
A new Toyota Tundra pickup struck an oak tree off a rural road in Washington state in 2007, killing the 29-year-old driver, in what in many ways seemed liked a common sort of tragedy. When this April the driver's parents and a U.S. senator finally prevailed upon Toyota to examine the contents of the truck's crash data recorder, the electronic readings suggested a collision that was far from ordinary. More
Clean diesel, cleaner air
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel Share
In today's politically-charged climate in Washington, D.C., it's rare to find a program that has near universal bipartisan support among Democrats and Republicans. It's also unusual for a policy to bring together environmentalists, industry and government officials for a common cause, much less one that actually provides a $13 to $1 positive return on investment to taxpayers and the federal government. This unique program is called the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act and it was created to improve America's air quality by upgrading and modernizing older diesel engines and equipment through engine replacements and the application of new exhaust emissions filters and catalysts. More
School bus transportation a leaner operation
The News Virginian Share
As another school year starts this week, area school districts in Virginia continue to operate with a leaner bus transportation system. Those cost savings involve changing bus routes and using central lots for buses and other efficiencies. Assistant Waynesboro Schools Superintendent Vermell Grant said the district found one major fuel-saving idea for its buses by talking to other districts. More
The driver behind the wheel on the bus
The Charlotte Observer Share
William Bost has been driving with North Carolina's Cabarrus County School District for seven years. He's picked up several school bus competition awards, both locally and internationally, along the way. Bost is so good, he won second in the state this year, earning a spot in the big leagues, The School Bus Driver International Safety Competition. More
Michigan's system of 550 public school districts could save millions with consolidations, but what do we lose?
Michigan Live Share
School consolidation often raises eyebrows. But being true to our schools comes with a price, and it runs in the millions of dollars. Michigan has 550 public districts — and about 550 superintendents, business managers and transportation directors. Trim that management layer, erase district boundaries and recast administration around county lines, and state taxpayers save $612 million a year after three years — all without closing a school or losing one high school mascot. More
N.J. parents face high costs, chauffeuring children to schools as budgets cut 'courtesy' busing
Christopher Erd walked to school in Cresskill as a boy. Kerry Useche did as well, in New Providence. Yet both Branchburg, New Jersey parents are adamant their own children won't do the same now their school district has cut so-called "courtesy" busing. It's simply too dangerous, they say. More
Timing is everything: How to harness time for business success
Good timing can turn a mediocre product into a breakout success; bad timing can destroy an otherwise successful career. In business, timing is everything. Unfortunately, most people think timing is just like luck. It isn't. Nothing can be further from the truth. It's a critical success factor and you can learn to use it to your advantage… or let it bite you in the you-know-what. More
Social media emerge as digital avenue for emergency response
Federal Computer Week Share
Many people are now using Facebook postings and Twitter to report emergencies or call for help — and they expect government response agencies to be paying attention, according to a new survey. The American Red Cross' Social Media and Disasters and Emergencies survey of 1,058 adults indicates that 18 percent would turn to digital social media if calls to 911 were unsuccessful. 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.
Newly Released — Selecting School Bus Stop Locations: A Guide for School Transportation Professionals
Apply Now For Field Trip Grant
Linda Bluth and Betsy Eisman Extend Grant — Giving to fund student field trips
The National Association for Pupil Transportation is pleased to announce that NAPT Board President, Dr. Linda F. Bluth and her partner Betsy Eisman have endowed an annual grant that will enable NAPT members to help bring learning to life for students in their community and enhance classroom studies in their school program.
In 2009, Dr. Bluth and Ms. Eisman committed $500 a year for ten years to cover the cost of transportation, entry fees, supplies and classroom resource materials so that teachers may continue using the valuable experiential learning gained from math and science, language, social studies and arts-focused field trips.
"We intend for this grant to provide children who might not otherwise have the opportunity with a special field trip experience," said Dr. Bluth and Ms. Eisman. "We are also pleased to acknowledge the importance of the yellow school bus as a means of accessing invaluable learning opportunities." Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grant recipients will be selected based on the following criteria: the description of the field trip and its objectives, benefits to students, tie-in to the school curriculum, number of students who would be impacted and proposed use of funds. In 2010, preference will be given to applications that specifically benefit homeless students from schools in the states of Washington and Oregon, although the award will be discretionary. The applicant must be an NAPT member and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private or charter school in the U.S., having a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status.
The 2009 grant was awarded to students at Lake Roosevelt High School, Ellensburg, Wash. The grant allowed fifteen high-performing science students to visit Science Programs at Central Western University in Ellensburg. Several of the Native and local non-Native students have few learning opportunities and many had never been to a college campus previously. "This trip afforded them a unique and meaningful experience," states Susanna Hayes, Roosevelt School Counselor.
A downloadable application for the Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grant will be available on the NAPT website on or before August 31. NAPT members can apply for 2010/2011 Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grant online from September 1 through October 1. A formal announcement declaring the winner will be made during the National Association for Pupil Transportation's 2010 Annual Summit, which will be held from October 30 to November 4 in Portland, Ore.
Awards Committee Announces Deadlines, Encourages Applications
The NAPT Awards Committee is accepting applications for the 2010 NAPT Awards Program™. Each year, the Association, together with its award partners, makes several commemorative and/or monetary awards that recognize the achievements and expertise of individuals in various administrative and support positions within the pupil transportation field. Any NAPT member is eligible to win an award although each award has specific qualifications.
Nomination application forms are available from NAPT Headquarters. The deadline to submit is September 1st. Please visit www.napt.org. Underneath "About NAPT," click on "Awards."
DRIVER TRAINING/SAFETY AWARDS (sponsored by IC Corporation)
Established to recognize school districts with exemplary driver training programs. The winner of this award receives $500 that must be used to enhance local driver training.
SPECIAL NEEDS TRANSPORTATION AWARD (Sponsored by Sure-Lok)
Transportation Directors, supervisors, drivers and other auxiliary personnel are eligible. Winner is acknowledged for stellar special needs transportation service delivery and receives a check for $1,000.
HEROISM AWARD (Sponsored by Blue Bird)
Established to recognize heroism or acts of courage relating to school transportation. An applicant doesn’t necessarily need to be directly employed in school transportation; but the act must directly benefit a school transportation program. Winner receives an all expenses paid trip to the NAPT Annual Conference and Trade Show.
PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AWARD (Sponsored by Thomas Built Buses)
Founded to encourage professional growth, Thomas Built Buses sponsors two (2) $1,000 grants to individuals for use on tuition, travel, lodging and meal expense at an NAPT-approved workshop.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.