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Is Personal E-Mail Subject to Open-Records Law?
A case that will be argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in November could set a precedent that affects the way educators and other public employees use their e-mail. The court has agreed to hear a case that will determine whether the public's right to know what its government is doing extends to reading personal e-mails of teachers sent while at work--and legal experts say the employees in question, and all public school employees in general, might not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Driving While Texting: Is It the New DWI?
from The Wall Street Journal
Here's one issue in these contentious times that almost everyone appears to agree on: Driving while typing out text messages on a mobile phone is dumb, potentially deadly and should be banned. So let's just ban driving while texting, right? Not so fast. Nothing's ever that easy, especially when powerful economic interests and different levels of government are involved.
Panel Recommends 3-level Alerts for Terror
from USA Today
A special task force recommended that if the Obama administration keeps color-coded terror alerts, the number of colors and levels of risk should be reduced from five to three. The recommendations come after a 60-day bipartisan review of the often ridiculed color-coded terror alert system.
Could iPhone Applications Change the Way We Travel?
"Transportation is civilization," Rudyard Kipling once wrote. Today we're more inclined to express this equation with words like mobility and accessibility, but the spirit's the same: The flow of people and goods ("traffic and all that it implies," per Kipling) makes the world hum. But transit can feel uncivilized: We sit in congestion (wishing for the path less taken); we miss trains; we hunt for good places to park a car or a bike; we get lost.
Principals Linked to Retention
from Augusta Chronicle
Thousands of teachers started their careers last month, and at the current rate two-thirds of them will have quit within five years. Slowing that exodus might seem impossible in a recession, when money for pay raises and equipment is scarce. But recent research shows the quality of principals has more to do with teacher retention -- and student performance -- than any other factor, including pay.
Frisco, Other Dallas-area Districts Emphasizing Preschool Programs
from Dallas Morning News
Frisco's Early Childhood School. An $18 million building opened this year, an oversize red brick schoolhouse with knee-high windows and miniature toilets. The building is Frisco ISD's first location created specifically for eligible preschoolers and fills an expanding need for low-income and special education services. But it also represents a growing investment in early childhood education.
Charter-School Advocates Sue State of Arizona for Equal Funding
from AZ Central
Arizona's leading charter-school advocacy group has filed two lawsuits to force the state to equalize funding going to all public schools, charter and district. The Arizona Charter Schools Association is funding the suits.
BUS-WATCH® by REI
Safety on the street is important, but did you know that the Bus Watch program starts on the inside of your buses? More Info.
Stricter Standards for Vehicles Announced by DOT and EPA
from AASHTO Journal
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation proposed a rule to improve vehicle fuel economy and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. This proposal represents the formal regulatory details proposed by the Obama administration after it reached an agreement with auto manufacturers in May to accelerate implementation of higher gas-mileage standards.
Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grant Deadline: October 1, 2009
There is still time to apply for the 2009 Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grant! This $500 award will enable an NAPT member to provide a field trip for students in their community and enhance classroom studies in their school system. A downloadable application for the grant is available on
NAPT Web site, scholarships.
Get Involved in National School Bus Safety Week (NSBSW) – October 19-23, 2009
If you haven't already, it is time to start preparing for National School Bus Safety Week, which will be celebrated from October 19-23, 2009. This year's theme is "Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm."
The American School Bus Council has prepared a local outreach packet that includes a downloadable children's book and coloring pages that can be distributed locally and a template press release that can be modified to help publicize your local activities. Visit www.americanschoolbuscouncil.org for additional information.
ASBC will also be coordinating a national media outreach and would very much like to include mention of the things that are happening at the local level. If you are planning a special activity you think would be of interest to others, please contact ASBC at email@example.com no later than October 5th to share your news about events going on across the country to celebrate SBSW.
Finally, if you would like FREE posters to advertise NSBSW in your school and community, contact NAPT HQ at 800-989-NAPT (6278) or visit www.napt.org to download an order form.
Annual Summit Updates
- 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.
|| 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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|| 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|
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Trapeze MapNet, the most powerful routing system on the market, helps you optimize routes and control costs while balancing the need to deliver safe student transportation. Learn more about how the Sarasota District Schools Transportation Department utilizes MapNet to estimate different ways to save money and reduce the number of buses on the road. Read the case study.
|| 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
|| Product Showcase: Driver Payroll|
Powerful, seamless, and low cost driver payroll tracking is here! With eDPS, you monitor and record driver hours electronically, giving you an effective alternative to paper systems or time clocks that integrates with all major accounting and routing software. Your district will reduce unnecessary payroll costs, increase productivity, and track driver efficiency with the click of a mouse! More info