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Separating fact from fiction “The overwhelming majority

hair-raising findings: 93 percent of

knew that simply looking at one

of young people are unable to sift

college students tested were unable

photo online is not enough research

through online information and

to flag a lobbyist’s website as a biased

to gauge if something is really hap-

separate fact, fiction and opinion,

source of information. Younger stu-

pening. And among middle school

according to a new study from

dents fared poorly, too. Fewer than

students, 80 percent did not under-

Stanford University. … Among the

20 percent of high school students

stand that ‘sponsored content’ on a news organization’s website is paid advertising.” — “A shocking number of young people can’t separate fact from fiction online,” Nichole Dobo, The Hechinger Report, November 30, 2016. OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Roger L. Eddy, Executive Director Benjamin S. Schwarm, Deputy Executive Director Meetings Management Carla S. Bolt, Director Office of General Counsel Kimberly Small, General Counsel Maryam Brotine, Assistant General Counsel Executive Searches Thomas Leahy, Director Jim Helton, Consultant Dave Love, Consultant Alan Molby, Consultant ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES Jennifer Feld, Associate Executive Director/ Chief Financial Officer ADVOCACY/GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS Benjamin S. Schwarm, Deputy Executive Director Deanna L. Sullivan, Director Susan Hilton, Director Zach Messersmith, Assistant Director Advocacy Cynthia Woods, Director IASB OFFICES 2921 Baker Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62703-5929 217/528-9688 Fax 217/528-2831 One Imperial Place, 1 East 22nd Street, Suite 20 Lombard, Illinois 60148-6120 630/629-3776 Fax 630/629-3940


“Educators who promote the use BOARD DEVELOPMENT/TAG Dean Langdon, Associate Executive Director

of education technology are work-

Board Development Sandra Kwasa, Director Nesa Brauer, Trainer Angie Peifer, Consultant

parents about the impact of digital

Targeting Achievement through Governance (TAG) Steve Clark, Consultant

patterns. … A recent meta-analysis

COMMUNICATIONS/ PRODUCTION SERVICES James Russell, Associate Executive Director Gary W. Adkins, Director/Editorial Services Jennifer Nelson, Director/Information Services Theresa Kelly Gegen, Director/Editorial Services Heath Hendren, Assistant Director/Communications Kara Kienzler, Director/Production Services FIELD SERVICES/POLICY SERVICES Cathy A. Talbert, Associate Executive Director Field Services Larry Dirks, Director Perry Hill IV, Director Laura Martinez, Director Reatha Owen, Director Patrick Rice, Director Barbara B. Toney, Director Policy Services Shanell Bowden, Consultant Angie Powell, Consultant Brian Zumpf, Consultant

ing harder to caution students and devices and the ‘blue light’ they emit, which can disrupt student sleep by British researchers has brought renewed attention to the issue, calling increased use of mobile devices at bedtime a ‘major public-health concern’ for children and teenagers.” — “Warning Sounded on Tech Disrupting Student Sleep,” Benjamin Herold and Michelle R. Davis, Education Week, November 29, 2016

“Without a nationwide commitment to the principles of fair school funding and the implementation of progressive finance systems, education policies that seek to improve overall achievement, while also reducing gaps between the lowest‐ and highest‐ performing students, will ultimately fail.” — Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card, Fifth Edition (March 2016), Bruce Baker, Danielle Farrie, Theresa Luhm, and David G. Sciarra, Education Law Center and Rutgers Graduate School of Education


The Illinois School Board Journal, January/February 2017  

A bimonthly magazine for public school board members and administrators highlighting issues in education.

The Illinois School Board Journal, January/February 2017  

A bimonthly magazine for public school board members and administrators highlighting issues in education.