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2012 NAPT Summit — 'Rolls Out the Red Carpet'
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The National Association for Pupil Transportation is pleased to announce an exciting new format for its Annual Awards Banquet at the NAPT Summit to be held in Memphis, Tennessee on Sunday, Oct. 21. This year, conference attendees will acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of fellow colleagues at a semi-formal red carpet event. "Rolling Out the Red Carpet — YOU Are the Star!" will be held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center starting at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served and the program will include musical accompaniment. Only full conference registrants and their guests may attend.

The NAPT Summit is the industry's largest pupil transportation event, featuring 15 professional development courses, the Leading Every Day Initiative, Special Needs Transportation Training program, compelling general session keynote speakers, workshops, breakouts, special events and a lively two-day trade show that includes over 120 vendors. The show takes place from Oct. 20-25. For more information, visit

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Save the dates for our 38th NAPT Annual Conference & Trade Show, which will be held in Memphis, Tenn., from Oct. 20-25, 2012.

This year's Summit will feature 50 different workshops, live action special events, a 100,000-square-foot trade show with 150 vendors and top notch speakers.

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 2012.

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Hotel reservations for the Memphis Marriott Downtown can be accessed here for the $135 NAPT rate.

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Summit announcement: New advisory panel on fleet service issues
NAPT President Alexandra Robinson and President-elect Don Carnahan have invited several notable experts to serve as an ad hoc Advisory Panel on fleet service issues for the NAPT Board of Directors. Marshall Casey from South Carolina, Mike Kenney and Robert Petersen from Washington and Brian Weisinger from Texas have agreed to work with NAPT Board members David Anderson and Dave McDonald to establish an infrastructure within NAPT that will enhance dialogue among people with a particular interest in fleet service issues including things like vehicle and parts specifications, vehicle and related equipment maintenance, inventory management, shop audits, life-cycle analysis, benchmarking, alternative fuels and green technology, to name but a few. The Advisory Panel is currently planning several sessions and broad-based group discussions for the 2012 NAPT Summit in Memphis this October and will lead a regular effort thereafter to assess and analyze issues, predict trends and make recommendations for education, training and related products that will be helpful to NAPT members in particular and the industry at large. Anyone interested in being involved in this project should send email to to be added to a mailing list for information and announcements.


Duncan announces 2012 Cross-Country Back-to-School Bus Tour
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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and senior leaders from the U.S. Department of Education will push the message that "Education Drives America" in its third annual back-to-school bus tour this fall. In a series of events from coast-to-coast, department officials will highlight education successes across the country and engage communities in conversations about school reform (P-12), college affordability and completion, and the link between education and jobs.

The Department will be issuing more information about each of the stops on the bus tour soon. Information on the tour will be posted at Also, there is an email list — subscribe here — for updates on the tour. Subscribers will receive media advisories about the tour, press releases from the tour, and blog updates during the tour.

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Websites teach children how to deal with bullying
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The start of school is a good time to talk to children about the complicated and heartbreaking problem of bullying. Fortunately, there are at least two good websites devoted to the cause. The Federal Partners for Bullying Prevention website, created by the Health Resources and Services Administration and its eight partner departments, is offering a video challenge to help prevent and end bullying in schools and communities across the nation. The Department of Defense Education Activity has joined in the federal partnership and has its own Web page on bullying prevention — — that gives advice to parents and kids about how to deal with bullies and prevent it. More

States vie for new federal funding to help end distracted driving
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A new grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will distribute millions of dollars to states for distracted driving initiatives. More

The self-service airport
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Airlines are laying the groundwork for the next big step in the increasingly automated airport experience: A trip from the curb to the plane without interacting with a single airline employee. More

Colorado Springs 9th-grader steers school bus to safety in emergency
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Ninth-grader Jeremy Rice stood next to school bus No. 3 holding an ice pack for his sore ear and recounting his heroic tale from earlier in the day. The Colorado Springs Early Colleges student had just sat down about 7 a.m. after boarding a large yellow bus just north of Platte Avenue on Chelton Road when the drama began, ending with Rice steering the vehicle to safety. More

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Teens: Police crackdown can curb texting while driving
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Teenagers say that being in a crash while texting and driving is the single most effective way to reduce the deadly practice, followed closely by knowing someone who was involved in such a crash, according to a new survey of teen attitudes. More

Bullying prevention tips: Prevention ideas and tips for parents
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October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a great time to get involved in bullying prevention efforts. So many students feel that the adults in their lives are failing to adequately address this issue. So what can you do? More

Historic fuel efficiency standards for cars, light trucks will save families money, reduce emissions
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This is a monumental time for the American people, the U.S. auto industry and the Obama administration's efforts to make our cars more efficient. DOT and the Environmental Protection Agency are finalizing national standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for passenger cars and light trucks built in the years 2017 through 2025. More

School bus inspector may be added
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Iowa officials will review an idea to add a third state school bus inspector — a position that could allow them to launch spot re-inspections for problematic buses or districts, the state's deputy education director recently said. In addition, state education officials will continue to ask the Legislature to change state law to make safety inspections mandatory for activity vehicles such as SUVs or vans that carry nine or fewer people. More

Report: 'Distracted walking' endangers teens
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A new study suggests "distracted walking" is taking a toll on teenagers as the number of pedestrian injuries soars among 16- to 19-year-olds even as it drops among nearly every other age group. The findings, from Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that pushes to prevent unintentional childhood injuries, found that the number of teens injured in pedestrian accidents rose 25 percent in the five-year period from 2006 to 2010, compared with 2001-2005. More

Drive Smart launches bus to help students with safety
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It's one of a parent's greatest worries: Will Johnny get to school and back home safely? With school back in session, and many working parents not able to accompany their children to and from school every day, street smarts is one of the first educational tools a child needs. Now there's a bus to help them avoid traffic dangers. The Signs for Life bus is a mobile classroom that will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., schools to show students how to navigate their neighborhoods, whether it's a crosswalk, signal light, bike lane, stop sign or road hazard. More

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 nonmember 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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