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Sept. 1, 2009
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Schools Can Do Better With Less Money
from Christian Science Monitor
When Alberto Carvalho took charge of Miami-Dade County Public Schools last September, his first goal was to scour the district's nearly $5.5 billion budget to find money for teacher raises, which had been on hold because of state funding cuts. More
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Michigan Proposal Cuts Funding for School Bus Checkups
from Detroit Free Press
A proposal to cut $1.4 million for school bus inspections could leave some districts in the lurch, state and local officials say. More
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School Bus Fee Sparks Debate
In order to achieve cost efficiencies, the school board in Canada has approved new walk limits for students using the school bus service. The school district students will not have to pay user fees for school buses or have routes and ridership limited as cost-saving measures. More
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Back on the Bus
from The Washington Post
There is a new generation of bus riders traveling between Washington and New York, and these are some of their faces: an FBI lawyer, a Northwestern University undergraduate, a Brooklyn uncle, a government consultant, a preschool teacher from California and a London lad working at a summer camp in New Jersey. More
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Burns and Hinson to Present on Conducting Internal Investigations: Making Defensible Decisions

Peggy Burns and Mark Hinson combine their expertise in pupil transportation law and human resources management in a preconference, 8-hour Executive Briefing on Conducting Internal Investigations. More Info.

TSA May Hand Cash Rewards to Tipsters About Crimes
from Government Security News
TSA is considering a program under which it would give cash rewards to individuals who provide it with key information about crimes or transportation security violations. More
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School Bus Policy Creates Headaches for Parents Who Share Custody
from Ottawa Citizen
Andrea Lapierre wants the Ottawa Catholic School Board to update its busing policy to accommodate divorced parents like her who share custody of their children. Otherwise, her 12-year-old daughter Zoe will have no school bus service on the weeks she is at her mother's house. More
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Governors Highway Safety Association Backs Texting Ban
from Newsvine
The Governors Highway Safety Association had come out against new laws banning texting behind the wheel on the grounds that such legislation would prove impossible to enforce. "Highway safety laws are only effective if they can be enforced and if the public believes they will be ticketed for not complying," GHSA Chairman Vernon F. Betkey Jr. said in July. More
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Safety on the street is important, but did you know that the Bus Watch program starts on the inside of your buses? More Info.

Who Speaks Best for Matthew?
from The Washington Post
Jacqueline Simchick's was handed her a court summons for failing to educate her son. Simchick had taken 14-year-old Matthew out of public school that summer, after five years in a program for mentally disabled students; he could say only a dozen words and could not count past six. More
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Return of Swine Flu: What's Ahead for Americans?
from Denver Post
Get ready. With flu's favorite chilly weather fast approaching, we're going to be a sick nation this fall. The big unknown is how sick. One in five people infected or a worst case—half the population? The usual 36,000 deaths from flu or tens of thousands more? The World Health Organization predicts that within two years, nearly one-third of the world's population will have caught it. More
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Video Dramatization Shows Deadly Consequences of Texting and Driving
from Computer World
As experts prepare for summit on distracted driving, debate ensues over whether videos, laws and technology can be effective. More
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A Safe Way to Drive and Text? One Man Hopes So
from The Washington Post
Matt Howard, a software entrepreneur, last year almost became a member of the American mobile society who killed someone. Being a software guy, he thought there had to be a software answer. When he couldn't find anything, Matt decided to make it himself. More
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Zonar Systems Endows Ten Scholarships for 2009 NAPT Annual Conference
from NAPT
The National Association for Pupil Transportation is pleased to announce that Zonar Systems has graciously donated ten scholarships for attendance to the 2009 NAPT Annual Summit to be held in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 31 to Nov. 5. More
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NAPT Annual Summit Updates

  • Seats are still available for both the Professional Development Series and the Leading Every Day Program. But don't delay-both were sellouts last year!!!

  • We are completely sold out of our block of rooms for Wednesday (10/28) thru Saturday (10/31) at the Marriott Downtown. However, rooms are available at Fairfield Inn and Suites Louisville Downtown and at Spring Hill Suites Louisville Downtown. Access hotel phone numbers on our Web site or call us for assistance.

  • Join Al Unser, Jr., at the NAPT Trade Show and see the team's Formula One Race Car! Unser will be there as a representative for Force For Earth -- a GREEN fuel and engine conditioner. Don't miss an opportunity to meet this race car driving legend from one of America's most winning families and see this FORMULA ONE automobile up close -- a real beauty!!!

  • FREE GAS CARD!! If you live within a 500-mile radius of Louisville, Ky., and plan on attending the Annual NAPT Summit, we'll give you a $50 gas card to help you get home. Applies to the next 50 people who register. Call NAPT at 800-989-6278 for details.
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Product Showcases

   Product Showcase: Transportation Solutions

Is your District Administration looking to have a transportation operations efficiency and effectiveness study conducted? Transportation Solutions can provide a comprehensive assessment of your entire transportation operations. Their experts can analyze every facet of your program and procedures - staffing, routing, scheduling, training, shop safety, compliance and more. Be more efficient, Improve student Safety, and Enhance your operations! Contact: Charley Kennington, Transportation Solutions 713-744-6362 or email

   Product Showcase: UltraLED The all-new UltraLED warning lamp from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. helps to insure student passenger safety through greater visibility of the school bus. Dual flash patterns provide a choice of “steady state” or “rapid flash” to provide the same attention getting strobe like effect found on most emergency vehicles today at the affordable cost of under $50. UltraLED from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. More info

   Product Showcase: Web-Based Field Trip Management Made Easy

Field trips shouldn’t give you an administrative headache. Simplify the process with TripPlanner from Trapeze Group. This easy-to-use, Web-based tool provides comprehensive field trip transportation management support. TripPlanner manages everything from the initial request right through to providing users with detailed reports and trip estimates. Learn more. Download TripPlanner information here.

   Product Showcase: ZONAR'S ZING™

ZONAR'S ZING™ is a powerful and intuitive dispatch, route management, navigation and two-way text messaging application that gives fleet managers unprecedented, real-time visibility and control. Two-way text messaging provides a powerful and easy-to-use communication link between drivers and dispatchers. ZING's user-friendly interface leverages the familiar look and feel of Zonar’s suite of award-winning productivity solutions. More info

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