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New online PDS courses now available:

605 — School Transportation Contract Management
What is the difference between a bid and request for proposal? What needs to be included in the document and how do I draft a bid or request for proposal? Obtain the answers to these questions dealing with this complex process, as well as tips on effective monitoring contractor performance.

More courses are on the way!

Already 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 303 — Procurement and Budget Management
PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources
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 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 non-members for $100.

Or visit our website, for more information.

To find out more about our partner in this endeavor, School Training Solutions, please visit



Join us Oct. 22-27 in Cincinnati for an action-packed event featuring workshops, professional growth opportunities, an unparalleled trade show and much more!

We will provide frequent updates about program content. In the meantime, feel free to register and reserve your hotel room.

For all summit-related information, please visit and click on the "Annual Summit" tab.

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Bullying Prevention for School Bus Drivers

Brand new course. Solely aimed at training school bus drivers how to identify and deal with bullying and teasing. Already receiving rave reviews. Request free demo DVD or call 1 866 275 7272.


Survey confirms number of illegal passes of school buses is 'alarming'
National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At the opening session of the Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference, NASDPTS president Mike Simmons released the results of the state directors' national survey on illegal passing of school buses. In 28 states, school bus drivers recorded in a one-day snapshot how many times other motorists passed their school buses illegally while the buses were stopped displaying their flashing red lights and stop arms. More

Study: No evidence cellphone bans reduce crashes
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A comprehensive study on distracted driving has found there is no conclusive evidence that hands-free cellphone use while driving is any less risky than hand-held cellphone use. The study, which was commissioned by the nonprofit Governors Highway Safety Association, and funded by State Farm Insurance, also found that there is no evidence that cellphone or texting bans have reduced crashes. More

The environmental case for transportation investment
NationalJournal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently made two separate announcements about providing funds for transportation projects that cited environmental benefits as their main selling point. The Department of Transportation announced that 27 transit projects will receive $1.58 billion "that will improve public transportation access for millions of Americans while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and curbing air pollution." The DOT also announced a $101.4 million competitive grant for transit providers, proposing "projects that create 'green' jobs promote the use of clean fuels and cut our nation's dependence on oil." More

QR codes aim to curb drunken driving in Texas
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As Super Bowl XLV neared, the Texas Department of Transportation had more on its mind than which team would win the big game. TxDOT partnered with businesses to display posters with black-and-white quick-response codes, which have matrix-shaped surfaces that can be scanned with a smartphone. When Texans photographed the QR codes with their phones, they were directed to a mobile site called Choose Your Ride that gives multiple transportation options in a simple, clickable format. More

At 75, America's air traffic control system keeps getting better
Department of Transportation Fastlane    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When you look at the Federal Aviation Administration's highly developed air traffic control organization, it's difficult to imagine a time when there were only 15 controllers at three centers. But, 75 years ago, that's exactly what we had. More

How dirty is the yellow school bus?
Chemical & Engineering News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As iconic yellow buses transport children to and from school, their diesel engines deliver big doses of air pollutants. In response, school districts have started retrofitting their buses to cut tailpipe emissions. But a new study shows that while these measures may help clean outdoor air, they have virtually no impact on the air inside bus cabins. More

More teens asking: College? Who needs it?
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He calls it the UnCollege movement: 19-year-old Dale Stephens is urging his peers to rethink the need for college, arguing that they can get more out of pursuing real-world skills than completing homework assignments and studying for exams. Stephens is part of a small but growing chorus of entrepreneurs, free thinkers and former students who are questioning the value of higher education. More

Key to green trucks will be operational savings over time
Fleet Owner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two new studies conclude that adoption rates for alternative-fueled vehicles will significantly climb among consumers and commercial users alike if specific "compensation" targets are achieved. In other words, the higher purchase price for AFVs — regardless of all-electric, hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell or natural gas power — must be balanced by operational savings over time. More

Survey: Bullying a top concern among Virginia public school students
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Bullying remains the top safety concern among Virginia's public school students, according to a statewide survey of principals and superintendents. The Virginia School Safety Survey found that among the 737 elementary, middle and high schools that gave students anonymous safety surveys, bullying emerged as students' main concern at all grade levels in 2009-2010, the most recent data available. More

Fiery words over GOP proposal to cut transportation funds
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As congressional leaders from both parties recently traveled up Pennsylvania Avenue for a White House meeting on finances, open hostilities broke out on the traditionally bipartisan House transportation committee over a GOP proposal to cut spending by about $15 billion a year. More

Electric, hybrid cars to be required to sound pedestrian alerts
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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will propose a rule requiring electric and hybrid vehicles to sound an alert under certain conditions to alert pedestrians to their presence. The rule will require all such vehicles to come equipped with a pedestrian safety sound system, the agency said in a notice published on its website today. The regulation will cover light and low-speed vehicles, motorcycles, buses and heavy-duty trucks. More

No higher gas tax? Then prepare for a transportation-funding meltdown
The Infrastructurist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The bizarre debt-ceiling debate in Washington may well affect what kind of traffic jams you'll idle in and what kind of bus service — if any — you'll get. If budget-cutting fanatics win on the debt ceiling, look for big cuts in transit service and fare hikes. Gas taxes probably won't go up, but a third of planned road projects may go on hold. 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 non-member 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 e-mail 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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