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NAPT member completes Special Needs Transportation program
Congratulations to Erick Osborn (Franklin Township Community School Corporation, IN)

By successfully completing this rigorous curriculum geared toward transportation personnel serving students with disabilities, Erick Osborn demonstrated his commitment to the profession, district, and students. NAPT’s Special Needs Transportation program consists of a series of traditional classroom and hands-on training specifically designed to test the skills and enhance the knowledge of those working with students with disabilities.

Originally started to provide access to tailored educational opportunities at both local and national conferences, the program currently includes a core curriculum consisting of special needs courses in a variety of different settings. The SNT syllabus is intended to increase an individual's specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.

Congratulations Erick!

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School district to purchase propane-fueled buses
The Patriot-News
The Derry Township School District in Pennsylvania will be buying three propane-fueled school buses in time for the next school year, saving money on fuel and maintenance. Transportation director Dave Yarian told the school board Monday night that the buses will cost an extra $5,300 over the diesel equivalent, or $94,925. Yarian said he was expecting the buses to cost $7,000 to $8,000 more, but bids came in less than expected.
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High transportation costs, low tax revenues creating school funding inequity
Mason City Globe Gazette
Disproportionately high transportation costs and low property tax revenues are creating funding inequities among Iowa school districts, state lawmakers acknowledged. Yet the message that came from school officials was far simpler: Whatever the funding level, it must dispensed in a more timely manner. Legislators metto discuss the state's per-pupil school funding formula, a mandatory exercise once every five years.
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What happens when kids don't have Internet at home?
The Atlantic
As students stream off the schools buses here, the typical end-of-day scene unfolds with a twist. Thrown over the kids' shoulders are sleek black laptop bags with the name of their district emblazoned on them. As part of an effort to bridge the so-called digital divide — the gap between rich and poor when it comes to access to technology — the Kent School District has for six years given every student a laptop, beginning in seventh grade.
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Rural schools hit hard by budget cuts
District Administration Magazine
Funding cuts since the recession have drained the accounts of rural districts, which cannot rely on a resurgence in property tax revenues as heavily as urban school systems can. Some 9.7 million students are enrolled in rural districts, representing more than 20 percent of all U.S. public school students. And rural enrollment continues to rise, increasing by nearly 137,000 students from 2008-09 to 2009-10, according to the report "Why Rural Matters 2013-2014" from the nonprofit Rural School and Community Trust. "Many rural students are largely invisible to state policymakers because they live in states where education policy is dominated by highly visible urban problems," the report states.
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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.

The fuel economy of big rigs and school buses
The Daily Journal
The 100 trucks that make up Hoekstra Transportation, LLC, of St. Anne, burn through about 1.5 million gallons of diesel gasoline each year. With gas prices plummeting, transportation companies like Hoekstra are in for a windfall, but company officials say everyone will share in the bounty — including their customers and the consumers who buy the goods they deliver.
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K-12 students on technology in schools: More, please
THE Journal
Half of middle and high school students judge the amount of technology use in their schools as "moderate." A third of them consider that just fine; but 55 percent would rather see more technology in use (boys more so than girls). Six out of 10 teachers expect technology to become "very important" two years from now, whereas 41 percent consider it very important today. Another 47 percent consider it simply "important."
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School bus ads promise revenue stream for district
Edison/Metuchen Sentinel
With about 100 school buses traveling in and around Woodbridge's 27 square miles on school days, the Board of Education has seized the opportunity to market the vehicles as mobile billboards. "We want to be the first district," school district Business Administrator Dennis De- Marino said of using school bus advertising. DeMarino and David Yeidele, the district's assistant secretary for purchasing, researched the concept after Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation in 2012 to allow advertising on the sides of school buses.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Attorney General's office rules town can't require seat belts in school buses (The Patriot Ledger)
Spending bill would fund preschool grants, but not Race to the Top (Education Week)
The billion dollar potential of the ordinary American school bus (AutoBlog)
Magnet schools lead the list of top US public schools (By: Archita Datta Majumdar)
Westport, Conn., receives second exemption for after school bus program (The Daily Voice)

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Why the demise of field trips is bad news
The Atlantic
In Watertown, New York, the local school district recently debated scaling back field trips for students, with administrators citing the cost of providing transportation and chaperones — money that instead needs to be devoted to more purely academic endeavors. "The issue right now for us, mostly, is the fact that we don't really pay for field trips unless they're very, very tied into the curriculum," Superintendent Terry Fralick said at an October meeting of the Watertown school board.
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Ann Arbor, Mich., schools seeks transportation proposals
The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education is seeking bids from contractors for busing its students. This month, the district issued a request for proposals from transportation companies with a goal of making a decision in January. For the past five years, Ann Arbor schools, which enrolls 16,815 students, has contracted with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District for transportation.
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Schools' discipline for girls differs by race and hue
The New York Times
To hear Mikia Hutchings speak, one must lean in close, as her voice barely rises above a whisper. In report cards, her teachers describe her as "very focused," someone who follows the rules and stays on task. So it was a surprise for her grandmother when Mikia, 12, and a friend got into trouble for writing graffiti on the walls of a gym bathroom at Dutchtown Middle School in Henry County last year.
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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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