Rise & Shine: IPS rolls out a new bus schedule

For the past two years, I’ve volunteered in the child welfare system as a court appointed special advocate — a role where I am constantly reminded of the terrible toll Indiana’s unrelenting opioid crisis is taking on children. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of Hoosier children entering foster care because of parental drug abuse more than tripled. It’s a trauma that schools deal with every day as they try to educate students who are neglected or have been removed from their homes.

But at the same time that Indianapolis grapples with a catastrophic epidemic, leaders are also thinking about how to reduce addiction in the future. That’s the theory behind a new round of Fairbanks grants that are helping schools roll out evidence-based drug abuse prevention programs.

Read on for the details on who got money and how the grants could help.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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DRUG ABUSE: The Fairbanks Foundation announced today $7.5 million in grants to help schools roll out new substance abuse prevention programs. The money will go to 24 Marion County schools and districts. Chalkbeat

TRAUMA IN SCHOOLS: There’s no debating that childhood trauma seriously impacts how students learn. But how do we teach educators to confront it? Chalkbeat

FIRST DAY: Thousands of students returned to school yesterday, and Indianapolis Public Schools rolled out its new bus schedule. WTHR, CBS4

ADVANCED PLACEMENT: Over the last two decades, a rapidly increasing number of students have taken and passed Advancement Placement exams. But many more students who take those courses are also failing the exams. Chalkbeat