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For Members: School transportation: A time to act

Improving the safety and security of schools is currently high on the national agenda. While Congress is considering options, some states and communities are already engaged on their own. Since "all politics is local" actions taken will reflect local sensibilities and practical realities — we are not a one-size-fits-all country.

If your community is discussing this topic, and with the possibility that federal funding may be appropriated to help states address school security concerns, it's important for our industry to be active players — not bystanders. We urge you not to wait to be called. We are a critical part of the educational system, and whatever is done affects us. We recommend you initiate involvement on your own — don't wait for a call that might not come. Act now, grab a seat at the table and let your voice be heard.

By the same token, as we mentioned in January, NAPT has assembled a Steering Committee to develop school bus safety and security resources for members. The committee has met regularly since then and is engaged in developing a survey to ascertain current marketplace practices and needs. Committee members are: David Anderson, Adams 12 Five Star Schools; Denny Coughlin, President, School Bus Training Company; Charlie Hood, Florida State Director, Kathy Furneaux, Executive Director, PTSI; and Gail Hyser, President, Wilson's Bus Service, Inc. Look for updates coming soon in the NAPT Multiview. more

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