At the Iowa Department of Education, Christensen has streamlined driver training. His involvement in professional organizations has also enhanced pupil transportation safety.
As projects and concepts for autonomous school vehicles move forward, they gather data on use and performance. Pupil transportation leaders see a long road with some hurdles, but remain open to potential benefits.
As the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018, here’s a look back at past and present state directors.
The association, which turns 50 in November, connects state directors with federal regulators, school bus manufacturers, suppliers, and other industry groups.
Over 108,000 school bus drivers participated in this year’s one-day count, conducted by NASDPTS.
Operators and associations offer a range of reactions to Tuesday’s school bus meeting of the National Transportation Safety Board.
The state directors’ organization details requirements and outlines the history of standards created for driver training. NASDPTS also notes its involvement in initiatives that impact school bus drivers.
After Ohio and Iowa launched “Flashing Red — Stop Ahead” specialty plates, NASDPTS aims to help other states create similar plates to promote stopping for school buses.
The DERA rebates will be used to replace or retrofit 452 school buses in 32 states.
The state directors’ organization releases recommendations on using school buses instead of full-size vans and maintaining safety compliance of school bus components.
The state directors’ annual gathering also addresses the use of tablets and GPS units for school bus drivers.
Check out our pics from inside and outside of the convention center during the 2017 NAPT and NASDPTS gatherings in Ohio.
The state pupil transportation directors’ event will also address driver tablets, education reform, and federal agency developments.