Study: When it comes to Halloween candy, less is more (NPR): A Dartmouth study shows kids are happier if they receive one good treat instead of one good treat followed by a less-desirable one. More reason to limit the classroom supply?
A better way to fund PTSAs?: Seattle Times editorial columnist Jonathan Martin argues that PTSA fundraising helps fuel schools’ financial inequity. Would adding a few district-wide fundraising events into the mix help shrink the gap?
School buses provide stability for homeless students (KPLU): The number of homeless students in Washington state has grown from 18,670 in 2007-08 to 27,390 during the last school year. KPLU looks at how a federal mandate requiring school districts to transport homeless students to their school of origin helps provide some stability.
Study highlights early promise of Success for All (Education Week): Kindergarten students at schools participating in the nationwide, literacy-based school improvement program significantly outperformed their peers in a standardized phonics test, according to a new study from the research group MDRC.
CDC issues food allergy guidelines for schools (AP): The voluntary guidelines call for schools to restrict foods that kids are commonly allergic to and keep EpiPens and other emergency meds on hand.
Finding success with tablets in the classroom (The Hechinger Report): Amid the backlash over LA’s chaotic iPad program, a Chicago teacher talks about how the devices have helped enrich her fourth- and fifth-grade class.
Colleges reach out to youth in foster care (The New York Times): Colleges and universities around the country are reaching out to students from foster homes and offering support in the form of year-round housing, counseling, campus jobs and health care coverage.