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2013 SUMMIT Workshop with Rick Sapienza NC Solar Center of NC State University: 'Clean Transportation Options and Case Studies'
This session presents an overview of alternative fuel options and vendors in the school bus arena, with a more detailed discussion of case study examples and results from school bus fleets that have gone to an alternative fuel vehicle. Working for the NC Solar Center's Clean Transportation team, Rick Sapienza collaborates with industry, government and academia to expand alternative fuels, advanced transportation technologies, and alternative fuels infrastructure. He has been part of the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) and Carolina Blue Skies and Green Jobs (CBS) projects. The CFAT project is funded by the NC DOT to reduce emissions, and expand the use of alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies. Phase 1 of CFAT has achieved an estimated annual reduction of over 62,000 kg's of harmful emissions. This is the equivalent of removing 600 vehicles from the roads. The CBS project is funded by the U.S. DOE, and has successfully deployed more than 500 alternative fuel vehicles and commissioned more than 140 alternative fueling stations.

Rick has more than 25 years of business and industry experience. His education includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Ocean Engineering from MIT, as well as an MBA from Michigan State University.

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2013 Scholarship Winners
Linda Bluth & Betsy Eisman Field Trip winner
Cathy Frazier of the DRU Judy Center of Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, Md., has won the 2013 Bluth-Eisman field trip scholarship. Founded by the late Dr. Cascelia Burgess, the DRU Judy Center provides services to children, birth to 5 years old, and their families. The field trip request is for a journey to the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters has an excellent early education program that caters to the needs of preschool children. Twenty-two students and their parents will participate.

Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarship Winners
Kimberly Gunter-Ellis, Marietta, GA
Kimberly Garvey, Indianapolis, IN

Zonar - $50,000 Equipment Grant
Winners will be announced at the 2013 SUMMIT in Grand Rapids, MI

Zonar Conference Registration Winners
Heather B. Handschin, Spotsylvania, VA
Peggy Whitacre, Charleston, WV
Debbie Miller, Wadsworth, OH
Veronica Schmidt, Snohomish, WA
David Pewitt, Bridgeport, TX
Davin Miller, Crescent City, CA
Paul Harris, Pateros, WA
Nikki Hughes, North Highlands, CA
Jimmy M. Boone, Tuscaloosa, AL
Dave Richards, Romeoville, IL

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Budget Rent A Car 'Member Benefit's Program'
Budget Rent A Car
We are pleased to announce that Budget is now a supplier of rental car services for members of NAPT - Budget. For personal and/or business rentals when making a reservation, it is very important that you always ask for the best rate available by providing Budget Discount number (BCD) A059200.

NAPT - Budget members can enjoy special member rates, considerable value-added discounts and the latest in technology, products and services to make your car rental experience better than ever. Some of Budget programs include:
  • Complimentary Fastbreak® Service enrollment — Budget's express service that lets you skip the line so you can go directly to your car and Get In, Get Out, Get Going.
  • Where2TM GPS — State-of-the-art GPS system that guides through every mile of your trip, giving you clear, simple directions, real-time road conditions and much more.
  • Budget e-Receipt — Within 24 hours of returning your vehicle, you'll have your Budget receipt emailed to you, free of charge. It's a convenient way to avoid lost receipts, complete expense reports, and save time when returning your car.
These services are optional, subject to availability at select locations and may require an additional fee.

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Savings and safety: Can NC's new school bus plan have both? (WUNC 91.5)
School bus driver suspended after cellphone video shows her texting (ABC News)

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Stop arms: Why do motorists ignore them?
By Jack Webber
All of the school buses that I have had the pleasure of driving have had some sort of stop arm attached — some even have two — so why is it that the most common line heard when I report a stop arm violation is "I didn't see you there"? The bus is bright yellow, and before it stops there are flashing yellow lights at the front and rear. When the bus has stopped, these change to flashing red, and a stop sign extends from the side of the bus. This also has flashing red lights on it.
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Budget decision: Blount County Schools suspends bus service
Knoxville News Sentinel
While Blount County Schools in Tennessee were open for classes this past Friday, students who normally ride the bus had to find an alternative way to get to school. Friday was the first of four days that the school system will not run its 73 buses because of budget cuts for the 2013-2014 school year, according to the district.
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  Climate Control for School & Commercial Buses

Design • Manufacture • Install • Parts • Service

Trans/Air Manufacturing Corporation is an ISO 9001 registered firm, manufacturing a full line of climate control systems for the school, commercial and electric/hybrid vehicle markets. Units, parts, service, training, warranty, and new or aftermarket installations are available through factory-owned operations or a network of distributors throughout North America.

The fight against bullying in schools expands to store shelves
The New York Times
Among 12- to 17-year-olds, 47 percent of girls and 34 percent of boys report having been bullied either face-to-face or online, according to a survey by Mintel, a market research firm. And prominent cases of teenagers committing suicide after being harassed on social media networks have, along with strengthening the resolve of antibullying organizations, prompted brands to take up the issue. The latest is Green Giant, the General Mills brand of frozen vegetables, which is introducing a cause marketing campaign, "Raise a Giant," that aims to help prevent bullying.
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The dangers of school bus diesel exhaust and what schools are doing about it
VideoBriefThey carry your most precious cargo, sometimes for hours a day; but school buses have a hidden danger that's threatening your child's health. "I think everybody needs to be worried," says James Kenny, MD, a retired pulmonologist who's studied air pollution extensively. The source: dangerous diesel fuel exhaust.
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Distracted driving laws are expanding, but many still miss the point
Pacific Standard
Recently, Florida became the latest state to make it illegal to text while driving. AAA calls it a "good start" for the state, which had 85 fatal car crashes caused by distracted driving from 2010 to 2011, according to The Palm Beach Post. But Florida's version of the ban actually leaves a lot of leeway for cellphone use in the driver's seat. According to, 41 states, D.C., and Guam ban texting while driving; 11 states, D.C., and the Virgin Islands ban all cell phone use. Most other states’ distracted driving laws are not as lax as Florida’s. Most are primary laws, allowing cops to pull drivers over for phone use alone, and many have more stringent rules specifically for new drivers, young drivers, and bus drivers.
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'Check for sleepers' sticker proponent takes safety a step further
David Broussard is serious about making sure school bus passengers are safe and specifically that they get home at the end of their commute. He has made a crusade of making sure children are not left on their school bus after the route is complete.

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High school football coach suspended his entire team for character concerns
Bleacher Report
Matt Labrum, the head football coach at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah, has taken the concept of character-building to a whole new level. Amid reports of cyberbullying and other off-the-field problems plaguing his team, Labrum suspended his entire football team.

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October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
The Health Resources and Services Administration and the federal government's bullying prevention initiative invite you to join us in honoring those who lead local prevention efforts and promoting new resources to raise awareness of best practices.

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'Walking school bus' encourages healthy lifestyle
The State Journal-Register
One of the buses that dropped off 15 students at Sherman Elementary School in Illinois this past week didn't have any wheels, doors, windows, seats or even a driver. Those students got to school on a "walking school bus," a program that began in April 2012 with help from a federal Safe Routes to School grant that the Williamsville-Sherman School District received. The Federal Highway Administration program is designed to encourage more students to walk or bike to school.
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Facebook and Maryland schools partner to combat bullying
The Baltimore Sun
Facebook and Maryland's school systems will pilot an initiative next year that should help make it easier to have offensive or hurtful language on the social media site taken down. Under the initiative, Facebook will help educate school systems on better ways to combat cyber bullying and give them a channel to the social media giant to report offensive behavior.
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A federal budget crisis months in the planning
The New York Times
Shortly after President Barack Obama started his second term, a loose-knit coalition of conservative activists led by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III gathered in the capital to plot strategy. Their push to repeal Obama's health care law was going nowhere, and they desperately needed a new plan. Last week the country witnessed the fallout from that strategy: A standoff that has shuttered much of the federal bureaucracy and unsettled the nation.
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Greater penalties approved for passing stopped school buses
Elkin Tribune
Motorists now face stricter penalties for passing a stopped school bus. In July, Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a new school bus safety law which requires higher fines for violations and the possibility of license loss for repeat offenders. The law is named for a Hasani Wesley, a Forsyth County sixth-grader who was killed while trying to cross the street to his bus. Despite campaigns such as the National School Bus Safety Week each October in North Carolina to raise awareness of the dangers of passing stopped school buses, children continue to be killed at bus stops.
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A blueprint for bringing digital tools into schools
Education Week
A professional association of district technology leaders is offering advice to school officials on how they can transform schools using digital tools — by sharpening their focus on everything from teachers' professional development to community engagement. "Seven Keys to Unlocking School Transformation With Digital Media," published by the Consortium for School Networking, is meant to help district officials avoid the stumbles that can prevent technology from being used effectively. The consortium drew ideas from a group of school district leaders around the country, who are contributing authors to the document.
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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 Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.


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