Dr. Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D.
Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services
Dr. Linda Fran Bluth has more than 50 years of experience as a Special Educator including 35 years in special needs transportation. Her past experience includes work at the United States Department of Education (USDE); University Professor; School System Administrator; and Policy Specialist in the Maryland Governor’s Office for Children Youth and Families. She is currently employed at the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.
Dr. Bluth is the Past-President, National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT), as well as the recipient of the NAPT Distinguished Service Award (2000). She previously served as the NAPT Director at Large (1995–1998) and Special Needs Committee Chairperson. She has authored five editions of Transporting Students with Disabilities. In addition, she has over 120 publications in the field of school transportation and numerous education publications. In 2015 Dr. Bluth was appointed to the NAPT Foundation Board of Trustees and the Linwood Center Board for individuals living with autism and related developmental disabilities.
Dr Bluth has presented on a variety of transportation topics in 44 States and Canada since 1981. She currently served as a tenured emeritus faculty member at the Edupro National Conference and Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers. Her expertise is in the area of special needs transportation policies and procedures. She has served as both Chairperson and Co-Chairperson of the Infants, Toddlers and Preschool Writing Committee (1995, 2000, and 2005 & 2010) at the 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th National Conference on School Transportation and serves on conference planning committees across the country. She contributed to the 16th National Congress on School Transportation as a writer for the Infants, Toddlers and Preschool Writing Committee.
She received her Doctoral Degree in Special Education from the University of Illinois (1972) and was awarded the College of Education, Education Alumni Association, Distinguished Alumni Award (1999) for her work in Transportation for Students with Disabilities. Dr. Bluth is also the recipient of the 2013 Emporia State University (ESU) Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is the highest honor that can be granted by the Alumni Association. In 2013 she was also the recipient of the Sure-Lok Special Needs Transportation Award for excellence in transporting students with special needs.
Dr. Bluth holds current Maryland Certification in Elementary Education l-6 and Middle School; Elementary-Middle School Principal/Supervisor; Special Education Kindergarten-12; Special Education Principal; Superintendent; Supervisor of School Transportation; and Supervisor of Special Education.
Dr. Bluth continues to be actively employed in matters related to special education and transportation. She remains a frequent speaker at International, National and State meetings.