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NAPT Developing New Event Focused on Data Driven Decision-making
As we announced last month, NAPT is putting together a unique, new, invitation-only event designed to bring a small group of industry thought leaders together with product/service providers for two days of discussion in an intimate, educational setting. The discussion will be led by an "expert in residence" handpicked by NAPT. The event will explore the foundations and parameters of data driven decision-making with the goal of enhancing communications among the network of school systems and their service providers that utilize Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to evaluate and improve performance.

Additional details will be available in the very near future. In the meantime, enroll for this opportunity by visiting NAPT's new 3D website. There you can enter data about your operation and immediately receive 5 free KPIs that give you instant feedback on your current performance.

Please Note: This event is NOT "The School Bus Summit," which should not be confused with NAPT's Annual Summit held each Fall. The 2015 NAPT Summit is scheduled from November 7-10 in Richmond, VA.

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In the spirit of gift-giving, be sure to keep your career in mind! Take your leadership capabilities to the next level through NAPT's 2015 LED webinar series. Join world-renowned George Pitagorsky and industry colleagues for a series of 6 webinars covering Project Management and Long-Term Process Initiatives, with a focus on behavior skills. Online registration is open!

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2014 NAPT Award Recipient Spotlight: Heroism Award, Sponsored by Blue Bird
In March 2014 a Galway CSD (NY) bus driver pulled a young father from a burning pickup truck, after it slammed into his bus. During this year's Summit, NAPT was pleased to recognize Casimir "Chuck" Dziegiel with the 2014 Heroism Award, sponsored by Blue Bird.

Chuck is a local hero and is credited with saving the life of a young father, who along with his infant son, was trapped inside their burning pickup truck after it slammed head on into the bus.

The driver of the truck had his seven month old infant son secured in the back seat. New York State Police say the driver may have fallen asleep while driving.

Having just dropped off his last student minutes earlier, timing was everything for Chuck. He remained calm and was able to call in the accident to his dispatcher, but his thoughts quickly turned to the pickup truck.

Thanks to the assistance of a driver of another car, the infant was pulled from the flames first. Noticing the driver of the truck was unable to move due to a broken leg, Chuck pulled him from the vehicle. Both father and son survived the accident.

Chuck Dziegiel is hailed a hero because of his actions, but he credits the training he and other Galway drivers have received.

Congratulations Chuck, and thank you for all you do!

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Fair fees? Facing cuts, more schools charge for busing
USA Today
As school districts across the country continue to face budget cuts, the practice of charging parents a fee to let their kids ride the bus is becoming more common. "We've been looking at this trend of more schools charging for transportation since '08," Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, said. "Districts that have been dealing with the recession by making cut after cut in programs are left with the unfortunate option of charging to transport kids to schools." Many of these districts with pay-to-ride bus services face allegations that they equate to charging tuition for a supposedly free public education.
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Protecting data privacy at school and at play
The New York Times
Like many parents, Michelle Finneran Dennedy, who lives with her family in the Bay Area, likes to keep tabs on what her children and their friends are doing online. She intervened, for instance, when she overheard a conversation in the back of her car between her daughter and a friend about Instagram, the photo-sharing site. While Ms. Dennedy has told her daughter not to accept online friend or follower requests from strangers, the other girl, who frequently posted images of herself on Instagram, declared that she had more than 2,000 followers.
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School bus safety: Could seatbelts make a difference?
A Knoxville, Tenn., community is in mourning after two school buses collide, killing two students and a teacher's aid. Federal and state regulations don't require buses to be equipped with seat belts. NewsChannel9 spoke to parents about school bus safety in our area. Hamilton County Transportation Supervisor, Ben Coulter tells NewsChannel9 because of the bus' design, seatbelts aren't necessary. But former NTSB Chairman, Jim Hall says he's been fighting this issue for more than a decade. Hall says the number one cause of death in bus crashes is ejections, an issue that he says can only be remedied by seatbelts.
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New policy nixes school bus transportation during extreme cold
There is a new school bus policy in place for cold winter temperatures in the city. If the temperature reaches -37 C at 5 a.m., without the windchill, school bus transportation will be cancelled for the day, said David Carroll, consortium manager for Student Transportation Services in Thunder Bay. The reasoning is all about safety, said Carroll. "When you get that cold of a temperature the motor vehicles or the school buses run into difficulty and we had some breakdowns. As far as safety is concerned, we don't want to have a student waiting for a bus that's not going to show up and especially when it's -40 C or -37 C," he said.
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AUTO-JET MUFFLER Corporation has been manufacturing school bus exhaust systems since 1959. There have been many additions to bring it to its current size of about 65,000 square feet. Terry has also built a muffler manufacturing business that manufactures heavy duty all welded mufflers, United Muffler in London Ontario, Canada to compliment the tube bending business.

Should schools provide child care for low-income parents?
National Journal
With a major winter storm bearing down on Kalamazoo in mid-November, the administrators of Communities in Schools had a dilemma. Should they cancel scheduled after-school programs because they didn't want school buses to be out on the roads after 6:30 p.m., when the storm was worsening? Or should they stay open because they knew their students' parents couldn't leave work, which meant children would likely end up at home unsupervised?
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Schools 'ruled' by mean boys, not mean girls
Medical News Today
Debunking the myth of the "mean girl," new research from the University of Georgia has found that boys use relational aggression — malicious rumors, social exclusion and rejection — to harm or manipulate others more often than girls. The longitudinal study, published online in the journal Aggressive Behavior, followed a cohort of students from middle to high school and found that, at every grade level, boys engaged in relationally aggressive behavior more often than girls.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    As winter approaches, virtual school replaces snow days in some districts (The Hechinger Report)
Indiana city's school bus question heard in state Supreme Court (WISH-TV)
Caution urged on personalized learning with ed-tech (Education Week)
Bipartisan push needed to protect children in North Carolina (Winston-Salem Journal)
Could Michigan lawmakers trade education funding for roads? (Michigan Radio)

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What every school can learn from preschools
Listening. Sharing. Following directions. Making friends. Managing big emotions. Planning for the future. A high-quality preschool program helps children develop in all these ways. But, a new report argues, such matters of the heart shouldn't be left behind just as students are learning to tie their shoes. Melissa Tooley and Laura Bornfreund of the New America Foundation write that schools should focus on these same skills, habits, attitudes, and mindsets with older kids. They say research shows they're just as important as academics.
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Report: Denver parents feel informed about school choice options, want better transportation
Chalkbeat Colorado
Parents in Denver are more optimistic about the direction of the school system and feel positive about the information they have about school choice than parents in other cities — but equity issues and challenges in providing transportation as more students leave their neighborhood schools remain. Those are some of the findings from a new report from the Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington, which polled parents and guardians about their experiences with school choice in Denver and seven other cities with more developed school choice systems.
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Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition, by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $19.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $29.99, plus shipping.

To order your copy, please email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at today! To learn more about the new Certification in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) click here.

Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition contains new and updated information, including 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.


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