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The Final Agenda is here for the 38th NAPT Annual Conference & Trade Show, which will be held in Memphis, Tenn., from Oct. 20-25.

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'Transportation Education for Student Success'
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Join us for Transportation Education for Student Success, an NAPT Summit presentation on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2:10 p.m. NAPT has partnered with the Easter Seals Project ACTION to promote transportation education, including "travel training" which helps students with disabilities acquire the skills needed to travel safely and independently on fixed-route public transportation, including school buses. This workshop, featuring Judy L. Shanley, Ph.D., director of Student Engagement & Mobility Management at Easter Seals Project ACTION, will explain how and why your transportation department, working collaboratively with educators and public transit, should consider developing transportation education programs that will play a vital role in the long-term success of students with special needs in your community.

Judy has a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Florida; she also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration and a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, both from Syracuse University. She has worked as a rehabilitation counselor in both the public and private sectors.


Hunt for bus drivers goes 'round and 'round
Abilene Reporter-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Is it time to bus in the bus drivers? As oil prices continue to rise so is the demand for oil field workers, including those with Commercial Drivers Licenses. It's hard for a school district to compete with oil field wages. More

Doran Sleeping Child Check® Monitor

Avoid the traumatic experience and potentially dangerous situation from a child being left alone on a bus. If a driver fails to deactivate the Doran Sleeping Child Check® monitor and exits the bus, the horn will be activated to remind the driver to search to the rear of the bus.

How about school bus ad that sells safety?
The Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What should you do when a vehicle passes you on the left just as you're about to make a left turn from a busy Little Ferry thoroughfare like Main Street? Kathleen Marinaro was dumbfounded when she realized the vehicle was a school bus. "They should put phone numbers on buses so we can report the drivers," said the Little Ferry reader. "You know, the same way they do on trucks with signs that say 'How's my driving?'" Sounds good. School bus crashes are rare, but if drivers carrying bricks or melons can be held to a high standard of public scrutiny, why can't drivers whose cargo is much more precious? More

Dubai airport to be featured on National Geographic
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National Geographic Channels International will air a 10-part documentary series on Dubai International airport in 2013, according to Dubai Airports, the body managing the airport. The channel, in conjunction with production company Arrow Media, has commissioned a 10-part documentary series about the day-to-day working of the airport, to be broadcast to over 440 million households in 171 countries, the airport body said in a statement. More

What adults think about school bullying
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U.S. adults repeatedly rate bullying as a major health problem for U.S. children. But a new poll from the University of Michigan shows adults have different views about what bullying behaviors should prompt schools to take action. More

Report: More fees, less choice for air travelers
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Airline passengers can expect fewer carriers to choose from, fewer flights to smaller cities and more baggage and other fees as the industry continues to grapple with high fuel prices and a weak economy, according to a government report. More

Indiana police crack down on school bus stop arm violators
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VideoBriefSchool bus drivers statewide reported more than 1,200 drivers who illegally passed a bus while it was stopped last year. Now Indiana State Police are stepping up patrols to crack down on violators. More

Idling Gets You Nowhere

But an E-Guardian Heater Gets You…

  • Driver / passenger safety & comfort
  • Decreased fuel consumption & maintenance costs
  • A meaningful reduction in carbon emissions
  • Short R.O.I. and significant savings
What the big boys do to train

Atlantic Express, Petermann, Student Transportation Inc, Illinois Central, Krapf Bus - all use the Driver Training Course created by the School Bus Safety Company. So do almost every school district in the states of Georgia, Maryland and Nevada. Are you still using old materials? Why?

NHTSA: Almost 10 percent of fatal crashes involved distracted driving
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Distracted driving was cited as a contributing factor in nearly 10 percent of all fatal crashes in 2010, while that number nearly doubles (to 18 percent) for crashes where individuals were injured, states a recent report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More

Related: Traffic deaths rise the most since 1975 (The Detroit News)

Teenagers say parents text and drive
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Do you text when you drive? Most adults know that the "right" answer to that question is an unencumbered no, and most parents would make that an emphatic "no," as in "I don't text and drive, and you, child of mine, shouldn't either." But a recent survey from Liberty Mutual and Students Against Destructive Decisions finds teenagers outing parents for "do as I say, not as I do" hypocrisy: 59 percent of teenagers reported seeing their parents text and drive. Is our answer to that question really more qualified than we admit? No, except on a really quiet road. No, except at stoplights and then just for those last few characters after. No, except ... when I do. More

Student perspective: Hell is my daily school bus ride
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Caitlin Friel, of Central Bucks East High School in Buckingham, Penn., writes, "When most people think of hell, they think of the devil, pitchforks, fiery pits and endless torture. When I think of the accursed place, the first thing that pops into my mind is the zoo that is my school bus." More

The commute of the future
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
City buses that carry people to and from work each day are attempting an identity change: They want to be trains. To woo workday commuters, Cleveland and select cities across the U.S. are trying to replace the image of the gritty, pokey, crowded bus by sending sleeker, more spacious and train-like buses onto certain commuter routes. More

School bus ads generate $35,000 in six months for Utah school district
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In a swirl of noise and color, hundreds of Sunset Ridge Middle School students streamed across the school lawn into bright yellow buses waiting to take them home. They boarded oblivious to advertisements marking several of the buses: an ad for sports medicine clinics, two ads for a power company. Children might not be paying much attention to the ads, but the revenue they're bringing in for the Jordan School District has piqued interest among other Utah school leaders, who may soon sell advertising for their buses too. More

Bullying has become problem for teachers, too
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Bullying has been a problem in America's schools since the first schoolhouses opened in New England nearly half a millennium ago. The classic bully story involves a bigger, stronger, and often older student threatening to beat up a smaller, weaker student for his lunch money. But these days, you don't have to be smaller to get bullied in school. In fact, you don't even have to be a student. More

Connecticut bus drivers win award
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For years, people have debated the safety of buses — whether they should add seat belts, whether it is the safest mode of transportation for school children, how they can be improved. But Plainville, Conn., moms, dads and guardians can rest a little easier knowing their local bus drivers have just won an award for safe driving. More
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