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2011 National School Bus Safety Week poster winners
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Congratulations to the 2011 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Winners!

Division I
1st place — Odette Padron, Oak Hill School, High Point, N.C.
2nd place — Josie McCall, Central School, Lafayette, Tenn.
3rd place — Jennifer Russell, Cypress Creek Elementary School, Port Orange, Fla.

Division II
1st place and overall winner — Samantha Bussell, Lafayette Elementary, Lafayette, Tenn.
2nd place — Jennifer Sieredzki, Riverwood Elementary, Clayton, N.C.B
3rd place — Louisa Nikolova, Dayton Elementary, Coon Rapids, Minn.

Division III
1st place — Kelly Guo, Kapolei Middle School, Kapolei, Hawaii.
2nd place — Elina Gouw, Stoller Middle School, Portland, Ore.
3rd place — Victoria Tu, Wood Oaks Jr. High, Northbrook, Ill.

Division IV
1st place — Patricia Kontomichalos, Nassau BOCES, West Hempstead, N.Y.
2nd place — Ricardo Aguilar, North Andrews Garden Elem. School of the Arts, Oakland Park, Fla.
3rd place — James Hundl, Dickinson ISD, Dickinson, Texas.

CAD Division
1st place — Marley Robb, Baker High School, Baker City, Ore.
2nd place — Myles Williams, Jenkins Middle School, Colorado Springs, Colo.
3rd place — Micah Weis, Mullens Elementary, Mullens, W. Va.

1st place — Hinane Murata, Sollars ES, Japan


Fight against bullying moves to Congress
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Nearly every state has its own laws addressing bullying, but now federal lawmakers are weighing legislation to protect students from bullying and harassment that would apply to every school and district in the country and could also add an explicit layer of protection for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. More

Transportation groups want to increase gas tax
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For the first time in two decades, major transportation groups have banded together and made a request that, in other circumstances, would be considered crazy — "Tax us...NOW." But the answer from Congress and the White House has been a resounding "No!" More

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

A school bus driver's lessons on life
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Charles Schrader writes, "For about the 100th time, it's occurred to me that I've found a strange way of easing into retirement: wheeling a 29,000-pound school bus around the streets of Minnetonka, shepherding elementary and middle-school kids to and from school. But having spent the past 10 years or so before retirement as a family counselor in a clinic north of the Twin Cities, I figured that driving a school bus would give me a chance to reconnect with young people, and get me out of the house more often." More

Bachmann: To fight school bullying, eliminate US Department of Education
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Speaking at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., responded to an audience member's question about what she would do about teen bullying in schools by reiterating her oft-repeated call for abolishing the U.S. Department of Education. "I think that this is an issue that needs to be handled at the local level," Bachmann said. "I don't like to have the federal government involved in telling the local schools what to do. For one thing, there was no federal Department of Education until the late 1970s. So, I don't want the federal government involved. I actually want to end the federal Department of Education." More

Best practices: Improving rural road intersection safety
Transportation Issues Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In 2007 rural fatalities accounted for 57 percent of all traffic fatalities, although only 23 percent of the U.S. population lived in rural areas. In an effort to continue improving rural traffic safety, USDOT's Federal Highways Office of Safety is offering a webinar to help local, rural and tribal transportation agencies improve intersection safety. More

Ohio school bus driver honored by district
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Proactive measures can go a long way. Solon, Ohio, bus driver Sheena Howell demonstrated this to a group of elementary students and their parents Oct. 20, when a motorist failed to stop as students were approaching to board her bus. More

Thanksgiving air travel forecast: Full flights despite expected 2 percent drop in travelers
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Passengers may have to compete with slightly fewer people getting to the airport this Thanksgiving, but flights will be as full as ever, airline industry officials said. The Air Transport Association's annual Thanksgiving travel forecast predicts 37,000 fewer passengers per day — about a 2 percent drop — over the holiday period compared to last year. But U.S. carriers have reduced capacity to match demand and offset higher costs, the association said. That means few empty seats. More

Diesel up nearly 7 cents in 7 days
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The average price for diesel fuel in the U.S. shot up nearly 7 cents over recently, climbing to $3.892/gal. from $3.852 during the week of Oct. 24, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration. Altogether, diesel prices in the U.S. are up some 17 cents per gallon over the last three weeks, despite a decline in oil prices, largely due to tight global diesel supplies and increased production of home heating oil in the U.S., which is made from the same base oil stock as diesel fuel. More

Texting while driving poses real dangers
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When it comes to street safety, there's some good news and some bad news. The good news is that nationwide drunk driving rates are dropping significantly. Though, drunk driving crashes still cause about one-third of all motor vehicle deaths, a recent Center for Disease Control study reports that adults report drinking a driving at the lowest rate since 1993. The bad news is that distracted driving research is far less promising. More

AAA: Fatal motor vehicle crash costs $6 million
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The emotional toll for Americans who lose a friend or loved one in a motor vehicle crash has a steep financial counterpart — an average $6 million per fatal accident, according to auto club AAA. In a new report comparing the cost to the nation of motor vehicle crashes with that of traffic congestion, AAA analyzed the financial damage of traffic crashes in 99 urban areas. It concluded that the cost of crashes in those cities was more than three times that of congestion: $299.5 billion compared with $97.7 billion. The congestion costs include the price of gas wasted idling in traffic and loss of motorists' time. More

Schools, libraries still living in dial-up age
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Remember the agony of waiting for a website to load, before broadband was widely available? According to a recent survey, a lot of American schools and libraries are still living in that era. 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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