It's hard to believe the Summit has passed and we're staring down the barrel of old man winter once again. The cold white stuff has already fallen in Albany, N.Y., reminding us it's time to brush the cobwebs off the snow blowers and snow shovels. It is with warm greetings, however, that we wish to say thank you to all who attended the 2011 Summit & Trade Show this year in Cincinnati.
As you know, we don't produce the Summit alone. There are many people, groups of people, in fact, working together to bring about an event of this magnitude. It is with great appreciation, therefore, that we wish to acknowledge the following without whose help, we couldn't have delivered this year's Summit:
Thank you to our sponsors
Thomas Built Buses
School Bus Fleet
School Transportation News
Bus Parts Warehouse
Thank you to our keynote speakers
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman
Leah Walton from NHTSA
Thank you to all of our panelists, moderators, workshop presenters and professional development series instructors. Special thanks to Terry Elfers, Mike Dresch and Carmen Burks from Cincinnati Public Schools for their assistance as speakers, and with conference logistics and ideas.
Most important of all, we'd like to say THANK YOU to our delegates, who in some cases had their own challenges just getting their districts to allow them to attend. It was great to see you and we hope you enjoyed the entire event. Please take a moment to tell us about your experiences and save the date for next year: Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 20-25, 2012.
Summit presentations will be posted on our homepage in the coming days. You will receive notification via email.
2011 Election Results
NAPT members selected the following individuals to fill roles on the NAPT Board of Directors:
Don Carnahan has been elected President-Elect
Barry Sudduth has been elected Region 2 Director
Ken Mulder has been elected Region 4 Director
Dave MacDonald was chosen as Affiliate Member Director
Congrats to all!
NAPT Professional Growth Policy update
The NAPT Board approved at its meeting on Oct. 21 extensive changes to the association's Professional Development Series and the association's Professional Certification Program. The changes, which take effect today, are explained in a PPT presentation that is posted on the NAPT website. Please visit www.napt.org or call us at 800-989-NAPT for additional information.
NTSB study shows rapid growth of curbside carriers poses challenges for effective safety oversight
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National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman was recently joined by U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez to release the results of a six-month study on curbside motorcoach safety initiated following a series of accidents in this rapidly growing industry. The study requested by Sen. Schumer and Rep. Velázquez following the March 12, bus crash in the Bronx that killed 15 and injured 18 more highlights key safety issues related to this fast-growing segment of the transportation industry. More
Saluting school bus safety
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National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman writes, "Here's a measure of school bus safety: Among student fatalities during normal school hours, more than half were traveling with a teen driver, under one-fourth with an adult driver and just 1 percent were traveling by school bus. In addition to transporting our children safely, there's another big benefit to the big yellow bus. It would take 36 cars to carry the students who travel on one school bus. On a yearly basis, school buses keep an estimated 17.3 million cars off the roads surrounding our schools." More
2011 Operation Safe Driver week asks all drivers to safely share the road
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Each year, nearly 4,000 people are killed in crashes that involve a large truck or bus. And nearly 90 percent of those crashes have driver-related causes. As Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Executive Director Stephen Keppler said, "These deaths are the direct result of unsafe and aggressive driving practices by both passenger and commercial vehicle drivers." Every year, law enforcement officers across North America actively target these drivers during Operation Safe Driver week, a program sponsored by CVSA and DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. More
US road travel falls to lowest levels since 2003
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The Department of Transportation reports that travel on U.S. roadways through the first eight months of this year is down 1.3 percent from a year ago or 26 billion vehicle miles and has reached the lowest levels since 2003. More
Districts preparing for new anti-bullying laws to protect students
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On July 1, 2012, the official start of the next school year, New York's anti-bullying legislation — called the Dignity for All Students Act — will go into effect. This year, area districts are preparing for the new law by training their staffs to identify the signs of bullying and to set up an environment in schools that prevents bullying. More
Wagner bill to augment school bus safety laws
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Assemblywoman Connie Wagner, D-N.J., is pushing legislation that would augment criminal background checks for school bus personnel to include all adults given responsibility for the safety of school children, closing a loophole that has left bus aides free from scrutiny. "This is about protecting our kids and reducing the liability on school districts. If bus drivers must be subjected to criminal background checks, so should the personnel riding on the bus and interacting with our children," said Wagner. More
Forecast: Travel prices set to rise in 2012
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Higher demand and a reduced number of available seats will lead to higher airline ticket prices next year, even in a slow-growing economy, according to the recently released American Express Global Business Travel Forecast. However, prices won't jump as much as they did between 2010 and 2011, the forecast said. Business class airfares are expected to rise the most. More
Policy Options for Reducing Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from US Transportation
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TRB Special Report 307: Policy Options for Reducing Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Transportation examines the potential for policies to yield major changes in transportation energy use and emissions trends by policy measures targeting cars and light trucks, medium and heavy trucks, and commercial airliners. These three modes are by far the largest users of energy by U.S. transportation because they account for the vast majority of passenger trips and freight. More
Inspections take unsafe bus drivers, vehicles off the road
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A statewide crackdown on unsafe bus companies in New York resulted in the removal of more than 200 buses and their drivers from the road, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced. The two-week initiative involved the roadside inspection of 1,185 buses. The latest crackdown is part of a bus safety campaign Cuomo announced in March. 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.
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