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Don't miss this NAPT special keynote presentation
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Join us on Monday, Oct. 24, from 10:15-11:45 a.m. for a riveting and inspiring session with Jessica Brookshire, a dedicated grad student, deferring law school to promote the tenets of K.A.R.M.A: Kids Against Ridicule Meanness and Aggression. More than an acronym, K.A.R.M.A. is a crusade to end bullying in school-age children across the nation. Jessica will share her story and her passion with you.

Brookshire holds a master's degree in Hispanic studies, and a bachelor's degree in international trade and Spanish, both from Auburn University. While attending Auburn, she also served as a senator on the Graduate Student Council.

Brookshire became involved in the Miss America Organization, competing in the Miss Alabama pageant in 2009. K.A.R.M.A. became her chosen platform community service project, and has been widely recognized for her efforts. She won the coveted Catherine Crosby Community Service Award at both the 2010 and the 2011 Miss Alabama Pageants; the Miss America Community Service Award in 2011; and previously the 2010 Miracle Maker Award for her fundraising supporting the Children's Miracle Network.

Brookshire and K.A.R.M.A have appeared at schools across Alabama and Georgia, speaking to more than 85,000 children in just two years. She has interviewed on local media stations all over Alabama, and K.A.R.M.A. received national attention when she appeared on Fox News' The Mike Huckabee Show in New York City. Brookshire is an expert panelist on CNN's "HLN Prime News." She asserts, "Beginning with a grassroots effort in Alabama schools, it is my dream that one day we will see a generation of children who encourage and help one another rather than tear each other down with words."

2011 NAPT Summit agenda available online! Click here to view.

Join us Oct. 22-27 in Cincinnati for an action-packed event featuring workshops, professional growth opportunities, an unparalleled trade show and much more!

Please register for the 2011 NAPT Summit here. Don't forget to reserve your hotel room.

For all summit-related information, please visit and click on the "Annual Summit" tab.

Exhibitors, please log on to for exhibitor packets, business partner applications and Freeman show services information.

Any vendors who wish to send materials for registration, please contact Lynn Martin at before Oct. 7.


The search is over for America's best!
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NAPT's eighth annual nationwide search to find America's Best School Bus Technician and School Bus Inspector is now over!

The winners of the 2011 America's Best Tech/Inspect competition are:

1st — Alan Fidler, Ind.
2nd — Ralph Trango, N.C.
3rd — Chris Hodges, Utah

1st — Jack Defibaugh, W.Va.
2nd — Jeff Pihl, Colo.
3rd — Scott Bettinger, Texas

This unique contest features a variety of workshops for both technicians and inspectors related to components and systems on school buses.

The competition and training workshop was limited to one inspector and one technician per state. The participants for the technician portion consisted of employees working in positions that require the regular maintenance or repair of school buses. While all inspector participants had to be currently employed in a position requiring the regular/frequent inspection of school buses.

NAPT's Annual America's Best Competition is co-sponsored by Hydrotex, Bus Parts Warehouse, Zonar Systems, and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. The winners of the "Americas' Best" competition have won scholarships to attend the Annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show, where America's Best Technician and America's Best Inspector will be honored during an awards ceremony.

2 Thousand Pounds of CO2
Amount emitted by a Single School Bus
Every Year.

Espar Independent Heating Systems enable drivers to pre-heat their school buses, offering warm starts, defrosted windows and a safe and comfortable environment for students, all without engine idling. MORE

2011 Election Dates & Deadlines

NAPT Elections Committee Chair Peter F. Mannella has announced the following dates and deadlines for the 2011 NAPT election:

ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than Oct. 12.

Election Day is Wednesday, Oct. 26. Elections will be held in Cincinnati on the trade show floor from 10 a.m.–noon.

For info on this year's candidates, click here.

The president-elect will serve one four-year term; two years as president-elect and two as president. The president-elect shall be selected by a vote of all active members.

Both regional director positions are three year terms. Candidates who reside in regions 2 and 4 may apply from their respective regions if they have been active NAPT members in good standing for at least two years. Regional directors shall be selected by a vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.

The affiliate board member serves a two year term. The affiliate member position was added in 2010 to provide an opportunity for business partner representation. Only business partner members in good standing may vote on an individual for this position.

The 2011 NAPT Elections will take place Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the NAPT booth on the trade show floor during the association's 37th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Cincinnati. Visit our website at to learn more.

Currently available in our ONLINE Shopping Cart:
PDS 101 — Student Transportation Orientation
PDS 201 — Business Writing
PDS 202 — Presentation Skills
PDS 203 — Communications Skills for Transportation Professionals
PDS 204 — Team Communication Strategies
PDS 205 — Managing the Media
PDS 208 — Parent, Administrator, Board and Public Outreach
PDS 301 — Basic School Transportation Accounting
PDS 302 — Budget Development
PDS 303 — Procurement and Budget Management
PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources
PDS 403 — Labor Contract Negotiations and Management
PDS 405 — Student Needs & Management
PDS 501 — Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
PDS 502 — Advanced Shop Maintenance
PDS 503 — School Bus Specifications
PDS 601 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 602 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
PDS 605 — School Transportation Contract Management
PDS 606 — Risk Management and Emergency Planning
PDS 702 — Personal Skills for Managers
PDS 703 — Personal Skills – Time Management
PDS 901 — School Transportation Security Assessment
PDS 902 — Crisis Communication

NAPT members pay just $40 per course! You can sign up for any of these classes by clicking here. Available to nonmembers for $100.

Or visit our website, for more information.

To find out more about our partner in this endeavor, School Training Solutions, please visit


Bad traffic congestion can be a good sign for jobs
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The nation's capital is the most congested metropolitan area in the USA, a new report says. Instead of cursing the rush-hour gridlock, residents of Washington and its suburbs might conclude that their commute is so bad mainly because their city is better off economically than most. More

Education innovation: What it is and why we need more of it
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Whether for reasons of economic growth, competitiveness, social justice or return on taxpayer investment, there is little rational argument over the need for significant improvement in U.S. educational outcomes. Further, it is irrefutable that the country has made limited improvement on most educational outcomes over the last several decades, especially when considered in the context of the increased investment over the same period. More

FMCSA motorcoach summit laser — focused on passenger safety
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When Americans board a bus or motorcoach, they should be able to expect a few basic things. The driver should be a licensed professional; the bus should be mechanically sound, and the company should take passenger safety seriously. Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration held a National Motorcoach Safety Summit to make sure bus operators take steps to live up to those basic expectations. More

New law allows traffic cameras on school buses
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If the flashing lights and swinging stop sign on a school bus aren't enough to make you brake for children, maybe an automated $394 camera ticket will do it. Washington school officials are getting ready to implement a new law passed this year that lets school districts install traffic cameras on school buses. That's to catch violators who illegally pass a school bus with flashing lights on and its "stop paddle" out. More

Diesel has key role in US economy
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The diesel engine industry will play a vital role in helping the U.S. economy grow and recover from its slowdown, an industry group recently predicted. Diesel-fuel refiners, servicers and engine and technology manufacturers contributed $480 billion to the U.S. economy in 2009 and supported 1.25 million jobs, an industry report contended. Those numbers will grow as tougher U.S. fuel standards lead manufacturers to make more vehicles that run on diesel, said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a nonprofit educational group of diesel-industry companies. More

Move over, mom: Dad's becoming the car pool king
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As children across America head back to school, a new survey commissioned by Chevrolet finds that many fathers in America are taking more of an active role in before-and after-school carpooling duties, with utility vehicles the preferred choice of dads over minivans. More

Car safety tips: 6 ideas for how to reduce your risk while on the road
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Driving a car becomes so automatic after a while, it's easy to let safety fall through the cracks. But even if you've never been in an accident before, you shouldn't lull yourself into a false sense of security, failing to perform basic safety precautions that could save your own life, or those of your passengers, in a collision. More

Bus safety alarm insures no child left behind
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A toddler left alone in a day care van for hours died, but an alarm system might have prevented the tragedy. An inexpensive device called Child Check-Mate is installed in yellow school buses and vans in at least 70 school districts across Massachusetts. TLC school transportation said the device has made its vans safer. More

Report: Vehicle fuel should be the priority, not electricity
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Research on solar and wind power is all well and good, but a self-assessment by the Department of Energy has found that in the great scheme of energy needs, the government is not investing enough in transportation energy, an area in which those renewable power sources do not play a role. More

Poll: Young people say 'digital abuse' pervasive
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A new Associated Press-MTV poll of youth in their teens and early 20s finds that most of them have been the target of some type of online taunting, harassment or bullying, a slight increase over just two years ago. A third say they've been involved in "sexting." Among those in a relationship, 4 out of 10 say their partners have used computers or cellphones to abuse or control them. Three-fourths of the young people said they consider these darker aspects of the online world, sometimes broadly called "digital abuse," a serious problem. They're not the only ones. More

Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot driver clinics test how drivers get along with innovative safety technology
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With Connected Vehicles, cars, trucks and buses are equipped with devices that communicate with other vehicles on the road. The technology warns drivers of nearby hazards, such as an impending collision, a vehicle approaching in a driver's blind spot, or an unsafe lane change. But unlike a cellphone or radio, these devices do not pose a distraction; drivers only become aware of the safety application when they are in potential danger. 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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