Oct 2019 IAPSS Newsletter

Posted on November 12, 2019

From the president

As the weather turns cooler, and the leaves fade from vibrant color to dingy gray, a quick glance at the calendar indicates that it is already November. The year is passing quickly. I fondly recall the days gone by. The warm aroma of a roasting turkey stuffed with oyster dressing, laughter of aunts and uncles sitting around the grand table at grandmas, and the cousins playing ball in the yard. Those were good times and ones of which to be thankful. “

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Dr. Phil Downs Spoke on Impacting Education in Indiana

On November 7th in Warsaw, IN, Dr. Phil Downs spoke on several issues impacting education in Indiana. Downs, superintendent of Southwest Allen County Schools and Indiana Superintendent of the Year, spoke on state spending, vouchers, and how public school funding has not kept up with inflation. 19-2020 membership year on Friday, June 7, 2019.

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Cyber Attacks on K-12 Schools Rise

A new report from endpoint resilience firm Absolute found that cyberattacks on K-12 schools saw an unprecedented rise in 2018. These schools, and specifically younger students with devices, are attractive targets because of their large amount of connected devices. This new report is prompting discussions on school digital safety.

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A New Outlet for Teens Trying to Quit Vaping

There may be a new outlet for teens trying to quit vaping. My Life My QUit, a Colorado organization, uses a call line, live chat, and coaching to help teens quit vaping. More than 25% of all high school students reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days according to a federal survey. This problem isn’t going away, and more organizations dedicated to helping teens quit are likely to pop up across the country.

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A New Study About Learning in Poorer Districts

A new study from The Ohio State University suggests that students in poorer districts learn just as much as students in wealthier districts, even though standardized test results might suggest otherwise. This study challenges popular assumptions about achievement gaps and inequality in education.

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