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2011 to Feature NAPT PDS Online
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As we announced at the NAPT Summit this year in Portland, Ore., we have partnered with Advanced Systems Technology, Inc. (you may know them better as School Training Solutions) to convert each of the NAPT Professional Development Series (PDS) classes to Interactive Multimedia Instruction (IMI) delivered as web-based training (WBT). We are excited to tell you we are in the final stages of testing the prototype and expect the first course — PDS # 402 — Managing Human Resources: Employee Relations — to be online in early January!

In fact, we expect to have all of our courseware available online within the next year so NAPT members will have the option to learn at a self-directed pace, stop and start at will and even print a course completion certificate when you are finished! Our goal is to bring you training more easily, effectively and efficiently than ever before.

NAPT members will receive discount pricing and priority scheduling so if you are not a member, NOW is the time to join NAPT.

Key policy letters from the education secretary and deputy secretary    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recent incidents of bullying have demonstrated its potentially devastating effects on students, schools, and communities and have spurred a sense of urgency among State and local educators and policymakers to take action to combat bullying. The U.S. Department of Education shares this sense of urgency and is taking steps to help school officials effectively reduce bullying in our Nation’s schools. Bullying can be extremely damaging to students, can disrupt an environment conducive to learning, and should not be tolerated in our schools. More

DOT proposes rule to ban hand-held cellphone use for commercial truck and bus drivers
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The US Dept. of Transportation will be issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, that would restrict commercial truck and bus drivers from using handheld cell phones. The proposed Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule would prohibit commercial drivers from reaching for, holding or dialing a cell phone while operating a commercial motor vehicle. Penalties would include driver disqualification sanctions and federal fines against both drivers and employers (up to $2,750 and $11,000 respectively) for each offense. More

State Association Events

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OPTA-South Willamette Chapter — 2011 Winter Workshop
Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011
West Albany High School, Albany, Ore.
The title of this one-day workshop is "Bullying — What Are You Going To Do?"
For more information, please visit the web link below:


US education secretary highlights best practices of bullying policies
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In response to requests for assistance from state and local officials across the country following a rash of bullying-related suicides, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently distributed a memo to state leaders outlining key components of strong state bullying laws and policies. The technical assistance memo is intended to serve as a reference for state and local officials developing or revising anti-bullying legislation or policies. "We need the commitment from everyone at the federal, state and local level to put an end to bullying," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "I hope that highlighting these best practices will help policymakers as they work to keep our children safe and learning." More

Cook-Illinois Corporation Among Greenest in Country
Cook-Illinois Corporation was the first in Illinois to switch to biodiesel fuel, create a clean air museum for kids and purchase a hybrid school bus. Check us out at: MORE

CTA bus driver models customer service
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The Chicago Transit Authority manages millions of dollars worth of buses, trains and other financial assets, but there's no way to put a price tag on the value of customer service. There is also no way not to feel your mood brighten when greeted by Darlene Coleman, a CTA bus driver who describes herself as having "a big personality and big hair." Coleman is right in both cases. The part-time driver, on the job less than 2½ years after working in an office for 18 years, says she loves the CTA. "Where else can you work and get paid to tour our wonderful city and meet new people?" she said. More

Confidence at US small companies increases to 3 year high
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Confidence among U.S. small businesses rose in November to the highest level since the recession began three years ago as more companies projected the economy and sales will improve, a private survey found. More

Puzzled over School Bus Telematics?

With the market's proliferation of vehicle telematics solutions, selecting the right one can seem like a daunting task as there are many "pieces of the puzzle" which create value beyond that of simple GPS / AVL. Let Matrix help you sort out the pieces to deliver the right value at the right price.

US may consider requiring child restraints on airplanes
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The Federal Aviation Administration chief said recently he may look into whether to require child restraints on commercial airplanes as his agency moves to improve overall airline safety. Child seat restraints have been recommended by safety advocates and government transportation-safety investigators to reduce in-flight hazards involving children younger than age 2. More

15-passenger vans, improperly inflated tires and no seat belts, a deadly combination
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The use of 15-passenger vans by churches, colleges, school systems, day cares, and other community organizations is common. Although convenient, these vans pose a great risk to passengers when proper safety precautions are not followed. Recently, two tragic crashes of 15-passenger vans in Georgia and New York have left 10 dead and 23 injured. The contributing factors in both cases were tire failure on the vans and the lack of seat belt use by passengers. More

Winter brings new school bus safety concerns
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It's always a good idea to be cautious when approaching a school bus, but that's especially true during winter weather. Weather conditions during the coming months increase the chances of accidents and injury for both motorists and bus riders. Christopher Coyle, contract manager for First Student, the bus service used by School District 204 and a portion of District 203, said people sometimes forget they can't drive in winter the same way they do during warmer months. More

DOT's 'Buy America' website: Helping keep American companies healthy and American workers on the job
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Recently Secretary of Transportation LaHood introduced the new Department of Transportation "Buy America" website. This new tool will help American businesses rebuild its infrastructure and create jobs at the same time. The Obama Administration's "Buy America" commitment ensures that American transportation projects are built by American hands using American-made products. It maximizes our bang for the buck by making sure that transportation money flows all the way through the supply chain. More

Walmart donation keeps school buses running
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The Walmart Foundation is donating $8,500 for a community bus service for students living in Pinedale, Calif. who attend Clovis West High School and Kastner Intermediate School. The foundation's grant will allow students to continue riding school buses each day for the remainder of the school year. It marks the first time the district has received funding from a private, nonschool-affiliated organization to help pay for a community bus service, said Kelly Avants, school district spokeswoman. More

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Commutes in Dallas-Fort Worth are worst in US, study says
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It costs more to drive back and forth to work in Texas' biggest cities than just about anywhere, according to a new analysis of spending habits and government commuting data. That's especially true in the Dallas area, which ranked dead last among the 90 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. in an analysis of commuting costs and other factors. The analysis of commuting, population and spending data released this week by Bundle .com and reporters at follows a stream of rankings in recent years that have consistently placed Dallas and Houston as home to some of America's worst traffic jams. But this study is the first to say Dallas-area drivers have it worse than anyone in the country. More

Safe Kids USA's Countdown2Drive: A smart idea for young teens
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Countdown2Drive is a smart idea — it's a program to educate young teens and their parents about safe driving well before the teen is ready to drive legally. With easy-to-use online materials, it is designed to help teens learn safe driving habits as they prepare for the day when they get behind the wheel. As John Formisano, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide said, "Teen pre-drivers are eager to learn, and they are focused on the freedom a driver's license and access to a car can provide. By preparing them to be good passengers, Countdown2Drive can help decrease the number of crashes and injuries that occur during their first and most dangerous year of driving." More

Smart phone apps help stop distracted driving
U.S.News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's been worrisome enough that the drivers around you might be applying makeup, eating, talking on the phone, or texting. Now the guy in the next lane could be reading Zagat restaurant reviews on his GPS or, soon, updating his Facebook status. Carmakers continue to stuff new models with distracting devices; Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently wrote in his Fast Lane blog that new infotainment technology "just leaves me shaking my head." More

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