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2014 Summit room blocks filling quickly
Joining NAPT in Kansas City, MO? Then make your hotel reservations now — room blocks are filling quickly. Here are your options:

The Kansas City Marriott Downtown will serve as our headquarters hotel and a block of rooms has been set aside for Summit delegates. Reserve your room online or call 800.228.9290. Please note that the Kansas City Marriott Downtown is sold out on November 9th and 10th. Rooms are available at the reduced NAPT rate of $134/night, plus tax (~$158.33/night).

A small room block is available at the Hotel Philips, less than 1 block from the Marriott. The room rate is $139 + tax. Click here to make reservations.

Not yet registered for the Summit? Register online today!

Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518.218.0867.

So, mark your calendar and make plans to be in Kansas City, MO November 8-11 for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. We look forward to seeing you there!


NOW is the time to register for NAPT's America's Best
Tomorrow is the registration deadline for NAPT's America's Best Training & Skills Challenge. We're looking for 'America's Best' Technician, Inspector, Driver Trainer and Special Needs Personnel. Visit our website for more information, and to download registration materials.

Participate in NAPT's annual America's Best Training and Skills Challenge and gain:
  • Hands-on Skills Training
  • Classroom Education
  • Friendly Competition
  • Peer-to-Peer Connections
  • National Recognition
Download the registration materials today. For additional information about this year's America's Best event, please contact NAPT's Project Specialist Janna Smeltzer at 800.989.6278 or

NAPT launches expanded LED Program
For nearly a decade, NAPT's Leading Every Day (LED) project has been supporting and developing world-class professionals and leaders in the school transportation industry. Now, NAPT is pleased to launch an expanded LED initiative that you can access anywhere — even on your phone or tablet! Online registration is open!

NAPT’s 2015 Leading Every Day Institute has been designed to help you take your career to new heights! Guest Lecturer, George Pitagorsky, PMP, will teach you his Optimal Performance Program, which is about project management & long term process initiatives that focus on improving behavioral skills. Click here for additional program details.

Join your colleagues for a comprehensive leadership program in 2015 — registration is open!

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NAPT & Zonar Systems partner to offer members $50,000 equipment grants
Looking for new, state-of-the-art equipment for your buses? NAPT and Zonar Systems have again partnered to provide grants for $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. Take advantage of this member benefit and download the grant application here.

The 2014 grants will be awarded to school districts that submit proposals for utilizing Zonar's widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) system. New for 2014, school districts applying for and receiving the grants will be notified on a rolling basis, allowing them to implement the systems in advance of the 2014-15 school year if they so choose. Recipients will also be recognized in November at the NAPT Summit: Driving Innovation in Kansas City, MO.

Grants are only open to NAPT members in good standing. Please contact NAPT headquarters at 800.989.NAPT (6278) to verify or renew your membership, or join online today! Applications will be accepted in NAPT headquarters through October 15, 2014. Zonar will evaluate the applications and make final decisions on an ongoing basis.

Details on the requirements and application process are at and information about Zonar products and services at

STN Media to Offer NAPT PDS courses at 2015 TSD Conference
STN Media has once again partnered with NAPT to offer credits toward NAPT certification at the Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers National Conference (TSD). Those individuals looking to be Certified in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) by NAPT, the only certification of its kind in the industry, can register for three required courses: PDS 801 — Special Needs Student Transportation Orientation; PDS 802 — Child Passenger Safety Restraint Systems on School Buses; and PDS 805 — Managing Special Needs Student Behavior: Transportation Challenges.

To register for these courses, visit the NAPT website. Any questions regarding the PDS registration process can be directed to NAPT at 800.989.6278.

  Good News For Your District

CSN Safe Bus provides free GPS, route guidance, advanced driver training courses, and a bus alert system to inform parents about their student’s arrival or delays. Learn more

The School Bus Safety Company completes creation of Safety Leadership Training Course, partners with NAPT on distribution
The School Bus Safety Company (SBSC) announced today they have just completed the development of a new training program — Safety Leadership for School Bus Operations.

Safety Leadership is an advanced self-directed educational course for Directors of Transportation, Managers, Supervisors and Trainers. It is delivered on a computer through a series of interactive CD-ROMs. There are six units, providing five hours of instruction, followed by a 60 question final exam. The course includes:
  1. Seven Interactive CDs:
    1. Opening Preview
    2. Accidents and Why People Have Them
    3. Understanding Human Behavior
    4. Leadership Principles
    5. Leadership Techniques
    6. Behavior-Based Safety
    7. Final Exam
  2. Guide to creating safe NORMS
  3. Quick Start Guide
  4. Study Guide
Jeff Cassell, President of SBSC explained, "We all take for granted that the leaders in the transportation departments know what to do and how to do it in creating the safest transportation possible. The problem is that we do not know what we do not know. Going through this course ensures that every leader in the transportation department knows how to ensure safe practices are followed in transporting students."

Mike Martin, Executive Director of NAPT said, "The course explains why people have accidents and how leaders can prevent them from happening. Leaders establish and maintain norms, the accepted way of behaving in any situation. By creating safety norms, leaders are able to influence the behavior of their drivers to achieve better results. Every manager and supervisor can benefit from this course. In fact, we are going to integrate elements of this course into the NAPT professional development series."

The course is available from SBSC for only $2,500 plus shipping costs.

To purchase this course, contact Kelly Turner ( or Janet Greer ( or call 866.275.7272.

  Transportation Safety Products
Protect your students with the safety alarm from Transportation Safety Products, Inc. Our Child Safety Alarm System™ is an advanced voice alarm that alerts children with three distinct, clear, and loud voice messages. You tailor the message.

Coming soon is our panic button, which alerts students outside to drivers illegally passing the bus.

MAPT Conference Offers Last Chance to Earn NAPT Credit for Traditional-style Roadeo Event
Working towards your Special Needs Transportation (SNT) Endorsement or Certificate in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) through NAPT? Our State Affiliate Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation is offering SNT 103 at their upcoming conference and trade show. Click here to register for this course.

Remember, to receive credit you’ll have to register and pay for the course through NAPT and sign in on-site. If you have any questions, please contact NAPT Member Specialist Brianne Peck at

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LFC report: Boost high school grads, save $700 million
Albuquerque Journal
If New Mexico each year could produce 2,600 more high school graduates — students that otherwise might drop out — the state would save $700 million over the life of each graduating class, according to a Legislative Finance Committee report. "These benefits come primarily from increased earnings, crime reduction, and healthcare benefits," the report said. One way to do that it to stop students from dropping out, but New Mexico's dropout rate rose from 3.6 percent in 2008 to 4.7 percent in 2013, the last year for which data is available, according to the report. That year 7,185 New Mexico students in grades seven through 12 dropped out of school.
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Record number of homeless children enrolled in US public schools
The Christian Science Monitor
A record number of homeless students were enrolled in U.S. public schools last year, according to new numbers by the Department of Education. The data — which most experts say underreport the actual number of homeless children in America — showed that nearly 1.3 million homeless children and teens were enrolled in schools in the 2012-2013 school year, an 8 percent increase from the previous school year. The number of homeless students has been rising steadily for a number of years, and has increased about 85 percent since the beginning of the recession.
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Study: Lack of sleep increases risk of failure in school
Medical News Today
A new Swedish study shows that adolescents who suffer from sleep disturbance or habitual short sleep duration are less likely to succeed academically compared to those who enjoy a good night's sleep. The results have recently been published in the journal Sleep Medicine. In a new study involving more than 20,000 adolescents aged between 12 and 19 from Uppsala County, researchers from Uppsala University demonstrate that reports of sleep disturbance and habitual short sleep duration (less than 7 hours per day) increased the risk of failure in school.
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School bus stop arm camera program cost tens of millions more than first advertised
NBC 5 Investigates has learned thousands of tickets issued for school bus stop arm violations in Dallas County are being dismissed and that the majority off tickets appealed by angry drivers were tossed out after hearing officers agreed the tickets were flawed or unfair. Meanwhile, NBC Investigates has learned the school stop arm camera program has cost tens of millions more than first advertised as the special school district running the program has attempted to turn the cameras into a side business financed with public money.
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New app lets parents check school bus inspection
From the lights to the seats school bus inspectors know their routine, checking the states roughly 17,000 school buses.

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Boston school bus drivers hurt themselves and alienate others
The Boston Globe
United Steelworkers Local 8751, which represents about 700 Boston school bus drivers, is a throwback. Labor leaders in Boston are trying to keep the union from becoming extinct.

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City getting 78 new school buses
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Richmond Public Schools is going to replace more than a third of its school buses, beginning the modernization of a fleet that in recent years has grown old, unreliable and expensive to maintain.

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Business leaders think these are the best states for education
The Huffington Post
States with the highest academic achievement are mostly located north of the Mason-Dixon line, according to a new report from business leaders. The report, out this month from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, looks at the state of education in America through the eyes of business leaders. The report looks at multiple measures, such as students' academic achievement, international competitiveness and workforce readiness to grade states on their educational effectiveness.
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Firefighters use school buses in extrication training
The Edmond Sun
City firefighters have renewed bus extrication training after a more than 15-year hiatus. Friday was the last day of training involving personnel from all three Edmond Fire Department shifts at the agency's training site, where they practiced using a variety of specialized tools to enter school buses — a scenario they hope they never have to encounter. Edmond Fire Maj. Joe Elam said Fire Capt. Barry Garrett and Firefighter Casey Stewart have been teaching the skills after Garrett went to a train the trainer class earlier this year in Indianapolis, Ind.
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Inclusion Corner: Encouraging our students to have a growth mindset
By: Savanna Flakes
Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could create a community of students who are self-motivated and persist with challenging tasks? Do you have a student that gives up after making one mistake? Why do some students give up so quickly? How do we encourage our adolescents who have undergone so many failures with math or reading? Carol Dweck, a leading researcher in the field of motivation, has posed there are two groups of people in the world: people with a "growth mindset" and those persons with a "fixed mindset."
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Arlington, Va., approves installing school bus cameras
The Associated Press via WTOP-TV
The Arlington County Board has voted to install video cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass stopped buses as they pick up or drop off children. The board unanimously approved the measure. It will go into effect Feb. 1 to give county officials time to develop policies on the capture, storage and access to the videos.
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New app lets parents check school bus inspection
From the lights to the seats school bus inspectors know their routine, checking the states roughly 17,000 school buses. "We inspect everything on the inside of the bu,s we inspect everything on the outside, we walk around the bus and then we roll underneath the bus," said bus inspector Joseph St. Peter. Keeping track of those checks is getting easier with a new electronic system. Each bus is assigned a bar code that inspectors can scan to file a report.
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Spending cuts to education and nutrition will hurt kids
Kids may be the future of America, but you might not know it looking at how Washington spends its money. A new report found that only 2 percent of the projected increase in federal spending over the next decade will be dedicated to programs benefiting children. That works out to $26 billion out of $1.4 trillion. And that $26 billion will go toward children's health spending, particularly in Medicaid, according to the report, published by the Urban Institute, a public policy think tank.
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Wisconsin still looking at requiring seat belts in school buses
Janesville Gazette
Retiring state Sen. Tim Cullen says his quest to get seat belts in all school buses statewide will not end with his retirement. Some industry experts, however, caution that more research is needed before a law is passed to require seat belts and money is spent to install them. Four years ago, Janesville became the only school district in the state to require that new school buses be equipped with seat belts. Cullen, a former school board member, was instrumental in passing the requirement. Buses already on the road were not retrofitted with safety belts. Cullen then tried to get legislation passed in Madison, Wisconsin, during the 2013-2014 legislative session, but the bill never made it to a vote.
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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 Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.


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