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Free shipping on your holiday gift purchase at NAPT
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Here's a great holiday gift idea from your friends at NAPT — we are offering free shipping with a $10 purchase of our 13-Month NSBSW Poster Calendar.

These National School Bus Safety Week Poster calendars will make your holiday shopping a little easier this year. Now everyone can stay organized and enjoy award-winning student artwork from across the country. This colorful, easy-to-write-on calendar features state and national conference dates so you can keep track of important industry events. Office mates and relatives alike are sure to appreciate the safety messages and enjoy the talent exhibited in this calendar. (Dimension — closed: 10.5" W x 8" L)

Student artwork is created each year to celebrate National School Bus Safety Week. The NSBSW POSTER theme for 2012 is "Stand Back from the Yellow and Black." Students may draw the theme from Sept 2011 to September 2012. School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 22-26, 2012.

To order please go to our website at and click on the Online Store tab or email

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Another NAPT Professional Development Series online course has just been released!

701 — Introduction to Leadership and Management
This course presents an introduction to leadership and management, defining the role of leadership for both experienced and novice managers. This course discusses different leadership models and explains how different models must be used with different individuals and in different circumstances. This course also details strategies for developing a work force into a committed team that has the preparation to get the job done right and the creativity to find even better ways to function.

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

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"In Case You Missed It..."
We now have more than a dozen NAPT Summit presentations available for you to see. View our most popular workshops and some of your favorite speakers including Peggy Burns, Linda Bluth and more. Also included are NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman and Mike Martin's closing keynote. Click here to start browsing.


Virtual schools are multiplying, but some question their educational value
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A Virginia company leading a national movement to replace classrooms with computers — in which children as young as 5 can learn at home at taxpayer expense — is facing a backlash from critics who are questioning its funding, quality and oversight. K12 Inc. of Herndon has become the country's largest provider of full-time public virtual schools, upending the traditional American notion that learning occurs in a schoolhouse where students share the experience. In K12's virtual schools, learning is largely solitary, with lessons delivered online to a child who progresses at her own pace. More

Airport security complaints near all-time low
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Traveler complaints against the U.S. Transportation Security Administration are near an all-time low, even as House transportation committee Chairman John Mica derides the agency as resembling the Marx Brothers comedy team. The Bgov Barometer shows that consumer complaints about the TSA last month were down 59 percent from a May 2004 peak. More

MADD's 'Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving' marks 5 years of results
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Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood writes, "While we have made great strides over the last 30 years, drunk driving is still the deadliest epidemic on our roads, killing 11,000 people each year. And we at DOT remain committed to ending this dangerous and deadly behavior. One of DOT's key partners in this fight has been Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and earlier this month I was pleased to join National President Jan Withers and other MADD officials to celebrate the fifth anniversary of their Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving." More

Florida school district reaffirms wireless ban on buses even as it encourages iPad fever
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They do it all the time anyway: They text, they listen to music, they watch last night's clips from the Daily Show and quite possibly less tasteful hilarities, they make calls, they play games, they take snapshots and video clips, they update their Facebook status. In short, students on school buses do whatever their smart phones are programmed to let them do, even though it's against the rules. More

Remote-controlled helicopter helping drivers navigate new intersection
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VideoBriefWe have seen the impact of unmanned, or drone, aircraft in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the Utah Department of Transportation is tapping the same technology to better analyze traffic at a troublesome intersection in Draper. Recently, the intersection of 12300 South and Minuteman Drive reopened as a ThruTurn intersection. Left-hand turns have been eliminated, so there's an adjustment period for motorists. But an eye in the sky helped create an educational video that shows us how it works. More

Anti-bully bill debate heats up in Michigan legislature
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After more than 10 years of debate in the Legislature, Michigan is close to having a school anti-bullying bill. But some see it as only a partial victory. It's been a long and bitter battle for Kevin Epling of East Lansing, who has campaigned for an anti-bullying law since his 14-year-old son, Matt, took his own life after a bullying incident by high school upperclassmen in 2002. "We're losing kids," a frustrated Epling said earlier this month. "Every year I've been doing this, I'm introduced to a new family who's lost a kid." More

High-tech clicks — but only for some schools
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When even the most innovative classrooms lag behind what's possible, it's almost unfair asking the school tech guy: What's next? The truth is that the possibilities in education are bounding ahead daily. And here's the more alarming truth: American schools aren't keeping up. More

Over stuffed buses
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VideoBrief Parents count on buses to get their children to and from school safe, but one district in Michigan is facing a big challenge — crowding. There are so many kids on the buses that one mother says kids are being forced to sit on the floor. More

For downtown cyclists, this green also means go
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The latest bicycle lane in Los Angeles has an interesting twist: It is bright green. The color is aimed at reducing collisions and to help cyclists feel safer on their north-south commute on Spring Street through bustling downtown, where two-wheeled travel is on the rise. 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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