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August, 27th, 2013

As Secretary Duncan has noted, the Department of Education is committed to making sure that all of our young people grow up free of fear, violence, and bullying. Bullying not only threatens a student’s physical and emotional safety at school, but fosters a climate of fear and disrespect, creating conditions that negatively impact learning—undermining students’ ability to achieve to their full potential. Unfortunately, we know that children with disabilities are disproportionately affected by bullying.

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August, 20th, 2013

A detailed agenda for the 2013 NAPT Summit in Grand Rapids, MI, has been posted on our Summit page.

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June 6th, 2013

Three scholarships and one grant opportunity have once again been announce for 2013.

The Linda Bluth/Betsy Eisman Field Trip Scholarship Opportunity will enable NAPT members to help bring learning to life for students in their community and enhance classroom studies in their school program. To read more about this opportunity, click here

The Peter and Linda Lawrence Scholarship for drivers and front-line supervisors will help four (4) school bus driver trainers attend the NAPT Annual Summit this year. To read more about the opportunity, and apply, please click here

Zonar Sytems has a scholarship for ten (10) full conference registrations to the 2013 NAPT Annual Summit in Grand Rapids, MI, October 19-24, 2013. Click here to apply.

Finally, Zonar Sytems has also created a grant opportunity for $50,000 in Zonar Systems products. FInd more info here

March 12th, 2013

Congratulations to the following winners from the TSD Conference in Frisco, TX.

1st place: Myra Walstead/Jesse Hill - Academy School District 20 - Colorado Springs, CO

2nd place: Rhonda Fiddler/Susan Nulph - Cherokee County Schools - Marietta, GA

3rd place: Robelyn Watson/Cynthia Wright - San Diego Unified School District - San Diego, CA

Thank you to all the volunteers and participants!

October 31st, 2012

NAPT is happy to display the winners of the 2012 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest. To see the winning artwork, visit this page. To learn more about National School Bus Safety week, please visit this page.

August 2nd, 2013

The NAPT Election committee has announced elections in 2013 for the following NAPT Board seats: President-Elect, Business Partner Affiliate Member Director, and Director for both Regions 1 and 5.

ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS — Any NAPT member seeking to vote by absentee ballot must send a written request for a ballot to NAPT headquarters. All requests must be received no later than the close of business on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED TO VOTERS — Official absentee ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters no later than Thursday, September 19, 2013.

ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

Election Day is Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Elections will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on the Trade Show floor from 10:00 – 12:00 Noon.

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July 23rd, 2013

The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) has long sought science-based information and definitive recommendations from federal-level experts on the question of how best to make decisions that will definitively improve safety in school transportation.

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August 29th, 2012

You now have until September 15th to submit your nominees for the 2012 NAPT Awards. Know someone deserving? Nominate them today.

    June 1st, 2012

    The 2012 Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Scholarship
    . This award covers the cost of transportation, entry fees, supplies and classroom resource materials so that teachers may continue using the valuable experiential learning gained from math and science, language, social studies and arts-focused field trips.

    2012 Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarship for Driver Trainers & Front Line Supervisors. Peter Lawrence, Director of Transportation for the Fairport (NY) Public Schools, and his wife Linda have created a scholarship that will help four (4) school bus driver trainers attend the NAPT Annual Summit this year.

    NAPT & Zonar Systems Announces $50,000 Grant for School Bus Security, Efficiency Enhacements. NAPT and technology innovator Zonar Systems today announced the 2012 grant for $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. The award will go to the school districts that submit the best proposals for utilizing Zonar’s widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) system.

    Zonar Systems endows 10 scholarships for 2012 NAPT Annual Summit. Zonar Systems has graciously donated ten (10) scholarships for attendance to the 2012 NAPT Annual Summit to be held in Memphis, Tennessee.

    April 10th, 2012

    Good op-ed with a solid "bottom line"

    The yellow school bus may become an endangered species in Illinois considering the 42 percent cut to state funding for public schools transportation in the past three years and the ominous clouds forming over the state’s education budget for next year. No one can argue with the emphasis on maintaining funding for the classroom, but the ability to safely transport children to school remains a basic fundamental of educating students.

    April 6th, 2012

    The Weinstein Company (TWC), aided by the guidance and consultation from attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson, announced today that the MPAA has lowered the R rating, given for some language, for BULLY to a PG-13 in time for the film’s April 13th expansion to 55 markets. The scene that has been at the forefront of the battle with the MPAA, the intense scene in the film that shows teen Alex Libby being bullied and harassed on a bus, has been left fully intact and unedited. BULLY director Lee Hirsch felt editing the scene was not an option, and subsequently refused to do so, since it is too important to the truth and integrity behind the film.

    April 6th, 2012

    The Weinstein Company (TWC), aided by the guidance and consultation from attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson, announced today that the MPAA has lowered the R rating, given for some language, for BULLY to a PG-13 in time for the film’s April 13th expansion to 55 markets. The scene that has been at the forefront of the battle with the MPAA, the intense scene in the film that shows teen Alex Libby being bullied and harassed on a bus, has been left fully intact and unedited. BULLY director Lee Hirsch felt editing the scene was not an option, and subsequently refused to do so, since it is too important to the truth and integrity behind the film.

    March 23rd, 2012

    The project has been designed by DoSomething.org to promote and support the March 30th release of a documentary film called “Bully,” which captures in graphic detail the significance and implications of bullying. A preview and other details about this film can be found at http://www.thebullyproject.com.

    Their activities surrounding the release of “Bully” are likely to create heightened local interest about bullying and bullying prevention, particularly in school transportation.

    Please help prevent bullying, particularly in school transportation. Your interest in the myriad, complex issues and your support of the national student transportation community’s efforts to eradicate bullying will ensure the yellow school bus remains the most effective and efficient way for kids to travel to and from school each day and the bus ride itself is time when ALL students – as well as their parents or other caregivers – are confident they will be treated with courtesy, dignity and respect.

    For a variety of free tools on bullying prevention, visit the US DOE Anti-Bullying Training Page

    March 20th, 2012

    "This new app gives Americans the information they need to make smart safety decisions when they book their next bus trip," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "As college students, families and tour groups start thinking about spring and summer travel, we encourage everyone to use the SaferBus app to look before you book your next bus trip."

    Read the rest here!

    February 23rd, 2012

    "Love the Bus" celebrations are a terrific opportunity for teachers, school administrators, parents, and students to say a heartfelt "Thank you" to the people who get 26 million kids safely to and from schools in America each day. In fact, of the many ways students get to class across the country--walking, biking, riding in a parent's car, etc.--the familiar yellow school bus is the safest.

    That's why it's so important to take a moment to express our respect for the terrific job our school bus companies and mechanics and drivers do.

    Read the rest here!

    February 8th, 2012

    The NAPT Board of Directors is happy to announce several changes to our membership options. They include:
    New State Affiliate Membership Program
    New Group Membership discounts for Individual Members
    New Education Partner pricing for State Affiliates (previously State Association Partners)

    December 20th, 2011

    Smith has become a hit with students, thanks in part to a song he performs on the bus to tell them what to do in case of an emergency. Smith wrote the song to keep children interested while he gave his safety talk.

    “My wife sent me a video of a Southwest Airlines steward named David Holmes, and he did it for the airline passengers,” Smith said. “When I watched it, it was funny and it was cute, but what struck me was, when the camera panned down to the aisle, everyone was paying attention.” That’s not normally the case with safety drills, in a school bus loaded with children wearing headphones and iPods. Smith, a onetime glazer and book salesman, wrote the lyrics to a song of his own, OK’d it with his supervisor, and then showed it to the children.


    Read the full story here.
    September 30th, 2011

    The winners of the 2011 America's Best Tech/Inspect Competition are:

    Technician:
    1st - Alan Fidler, IN
    2nd - Ralph Trango, NC
    3rd - Chris Hodges, UT

    Inspector:
    1st - Jack Defibaugh, WV
    2nd - Jeff Pihl, CO
    3rd - Scott Bettinger, TX

    NAPT's 8th annual nationwide search to find America's Best School Bus Technician and School Bus Inspector is now over!

    This unique contest features a variety of workshops for both Technicians and Inspectors related to components and systems on school buses.

    The competition and training workshop was limited to one Inspector and one Technician per state. The participants for the technician portion consisted of employees working in positions that require the regular maintenance or repair of school buses. While all inspector participants had to be currently employeed in a position requiring the regular/frequent inspection of school buses.

    NAPT's Annual America's Best Competition is co-sponsored by Hydrotex, Bus Parts Warehouse, Zonar Systems, and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The winners of the "Americas' Best" competition have won scholarships to attend the 2011 NAPT Summit, where America's Best Technician and America's Best Inspector will be honored during an awards ceremony.

    September 21st, 2011

    The Stop Bullying: Speak Up app is now live on Facebook. Go to www.facebook.com/StopBullyingSpeakUp to take the pledge, share the pledge with others, and download the widget to add the pledge app to your website. The app is brought to you by Time Warner, Cartoon Network and Facebook.

    Click here to view

    August 24th, 2011

    The U.S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration denied a petition from safety groups, consumer advocates and doctors to require seat belts in school buses, saying the vehicles are "already very safe."

    Requiring seat belts may force school districts to reduce bus service and lead to more students walking or riding in cars, both of which are more dangerous than riding a bus, the agency said.

    Read the FULL story here

    August 9th, 2011

    Here it is, the 2011 NAPT Summit Agenda

    Get it HERE

    June 23rd, 2011

    NAPT and Zonar Systems, Inc are pleased to announce and jointly offer a $50,000 grant to provide state of the art, best practice, fleet management technology to a school system whose transportation director is a member of NAPT.

    The Grant includes $50,000 worth of Zonar's patented Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR) system, including asset and zone tags to verify the completion of pre-trip, post-trip, child check and security sweep inspections, as well as Zonar's V2J High-Definition GPS system, Zonar’s V2J High-Definition GPS/vehicle diagnostics and Zonar’s ZPass student ridership tracking system.

    Find it HERE

    June 17th, 2011

    Two training modules were jointly created by NAPT, the Education Department’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center.

    The second module, "Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying, focuses on building mutual respect on the school bus. The training will encourage drivers to consider what a supportive bus climate looks like and how it prevents bullying; and learn and commit to perform simple, concrete strategies to build positive relationships on the school bus.

    Find it HERE

    June 15th, 2011

    Two training modules were jointly created by NAPT, the Education Department’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center.

    The first module, titled "See Something. Do Something: Intervening in Bullying Behavior," will teach drivers what does and does not constitute bullying, how to respond to the behavior on or around the bus, and specific strategies for addressing and reporting bullying as it occurs.

    Find it HERE

    May 31st, 2011

    NAPT is pleased to announce the following 2011 scholarship opportunities:

    2011 Bluth Eisman Scholarship Press Release
    Bluth Eisman Application

    2011 Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarship Press Release
    Lawrence Application

    2011 Zonar Systems Ten Scholarship Application
    Zonar Application

    May 31st, 2011

    We have many new courses available.

    Including, PDS 101 - Student Transportation Orientation.

    Click HERE for more details!

    May 31st, 2011

    We have many new courses available.

    Including, PDS 101 - Student Transportation Orientation.

    Click HERE for more details!

    March 31st, 2011

    Bullying, particularly among school-age children, is a public health problem both domestically and internationally. In a 2009 nationally representative sample of youth in grades 9–12, 20% reported being bullied at school in the previous year.

    The CDC has announced the release of: Measuring Bullying Victimization, Perpetration, and Bystander Experiences: A Compendium of Assessment Tools.Find it here.

    March 29th, 2011

    Jodee Blanco, known as “The voice of America’s bullied students”, has agreed to partner with NAPT and make a keynote presentation at the 37th Annual NAPT Summit later this year.

    Click here to read the full story

    Janurary 14th, 2011

    For information on the 2011 NAPT Elections, please follow this link.

    December 22nd, 2010

    A recent Quinnipiac University poll reported that American voters, by a margin of 63-34 percent, support a federal ban on cell phone use while driving, even while using a ‘hands-free’ device.

    Read the release here.

    December 16th. 2010

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today 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.

    Click here for a direct link to the technical assistance memo.

    September 23rd. 2010 - (Rev. 9/24/10)

    The playground bully has been around as long as children have been going to school. But as society has changed, and some would argue has become ill-mannered , bullying has become worse, in some cases involving serious threats and physical assaults. Regardless of severity, it causes emotional harm to victims and cannot be tolerated. It occurs so frequently because those who bully know that the chance of any serious consequence is small. That needs to change.

    November 16th. 2010

    Visit this page to get copies of many of the NAPT workshop presentations. Use this link to see Summit photos!

    March 3rd, 2011
    What Can You Learn About School Bus Transportation From Other Countries? Lots!

    Watch the recorded webinar where Peter and Dick share what they found while visiting Instanbul, Turkey and their school transportation system.

    Click here to view.
  • NAPT Releases PDS Online
  • February 25th, 2011

    Four additional classes have been added to our online catalog. PDS202 - Presentation Skills, PDS204 - Team Communication Strategies, PDS205 - Managing the Media and PDS606 - Risk Management and Emergency Planning. You can sign up for any of those classes in addition to PDS402 - Managing Human Resources: Employee Relations by clicking here.

    Our nationally renowned professional development doesn’t get much easier or more cost-effective than this! For just $40 for members and $100 for non-members you can buy it, learn it and print the course completion certificate to prove you know it - whenever you want.

    Click HERE to begin!

    Janurary 5th, 2011

    February is Love The Bus Month, click here for more information.

    December 14th. 2010

    David Strickland, NHTSA administrator, and Anne S. Ferro, FMCSA administrator, sent a letter to state motor vehicle administrators reminding them that pre-primary, elementary and secondary schools should not use 12- or 15-passenger vans to transport children because they do not provide the same level of safety as school buses. They also remind DMV commissioners that federal law prohibits the sale or lease of a new 12- or 15-passenger van if it will be used to transport students.

    Strickland and Ferro request that the commissioners send a NHTSA consumer advisory to every registered owner of a 9- 12- and 15-passenger van in their states, along with a letter that explains what owners of these vans should do to improve their safety and stability.

    To read Strickland’s and Ferro’s other requests to DMV commissioners, click here.

    November 29th. 2010

    Thirty-five years ago today, President Gerald Ford signed into law what is now known as the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, which opened public school doors for millions of children with disabilities and laid the foundation of the country’s commitment to ensuring that children with disabilities have opportunities to develop their talents, share their gifts, and contribute to their communities. Learn more about the history and accomplishments of this landmark civil rights measure by visiting this link.

    September 20th. 2010

    Unites States Congressman Baron Hill (D-IN) is preparing to introduce a proclamation that would permanently designate the third full week in October every year as National School Bus Safety Week. If passed out of the House, the proclamation would go to the White House for President Obama's review and likely approval.

  • 2010 NAPT Summit Scholarships!
  • June 10th. 2010

    NAPT is pleased to announce that Zonar Systems has graciously donated ten (10) scholarships for attendance to the 2010 NAPT Annual Summit to be held in Portland, OR, on October 30–November 4, 2010.

    The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) is pleased to announce that Peter Lawrence, Director of Transportation for the Fairport (NY) Public Schools, and his wife Linda have created a scholarship that will help four (4) school bus driver trainers attend an industry training event this year. Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarship

     

    October 5th. 2010

    Host - Teri Yanovitch. Description: The delivery of excellent service should be viewed as a way of life within an organization. Great customer service doesn't just happen, it must be planned and managed if it is to be delivered consistently. This means ingraining it into the fabric of the organization so that it becomes known that service excellence is "how we do business".

    July 9th. 2010

    Albany, NY—The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and technology innovator Zonar Systems today once again announced the second annual grant of $50,000 for the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment.

    September 8th. 2010

    With schools back in session, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urges parents and students to be safety conscious and consider greener alternatives for getting to and from school, such as riding the school bus, walking or biking.

    September 9th. 2010

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released on 9/9/10, updated 2009 fatality and injury data showing that highway deaths fell to 33,808 for the year, the lowest number since 1950. The record-breaking decline in traffic fatalities occurred even while estimated vehicle miles traveled in 2009 increased by 0.2 percent over 2008 levels.

    June 15th, 2010
    Leading from Behind…it’s not about ME.

    Successful leaders have found that leading from behind is a key strategy to successful leadership. They must be “bridge builders” for the organizations that they lead. There is more to leadership than getting your staff or employees to follow you. There must also be a “buy in” to the “dream” they are following. This session will focus on strategies to lead from behind, empowering your staff and giving them a greater sense of value to the mission of the organization.

    An experienced educator, John Musso brings over 30 years of experience to his current position of Executive Director for ASBO International.

    • New NAPT Website

      May 1st, 2010

      The new NAPT website is up and running, but still under construction.

      Please report any errors to the site admin.
    • NAPT Free Webinar Series

      May 10th, 2010
      How America’s Public Schools Continue to Feel the Impact of the Economic Downturn: The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) conducted a study in March 2010 that confirmed something everyone in school transportation already knew: school budget cuts are noticeably more significant for 2010-11 than they were in 2008-09 or 2009-10. Dr. Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director of AASA, will explain the results of the survey, which was the seventh in a series of studies by AASA examining the impact of the economic downturn on schools, and discuss the implications derived from this research.

    • New Episode of NAPTV

      April 28th, 2010

      Watch Mike talk about two new studies, one from the AASA in regards to how the state of the economy is impacting public schools, and the other from SafeRoutes showing how the travel to school has changed in the last 40 years.

 










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