Study: Lack of sleep linked to academic and behavioral problems (The Huffington Post): A new study from the Journal of Adolescent Health surveyed 2,700 middle- and high-school students and found an association between going to bed later and poor academic performance. Researchers also linked later bedtimes with more emotional distress — even during the summer months. Are later high-school start times the answer?
A school district by any other name… (The Washington Post): The Erie School District in northwestern Pennsylvania recently re-branded itself to Erie’s Public Schools, a name intended to make the community feel more ownership toward the local school system. Could an extra apostrophe and ‘s’ help achieve the same goal in Seattle?
Older teens opt out of extended foster care (KUOW/InvestigateWest): KUOW partnered with InvestigateWest to compile an in-depth look at what happens when local foster kids turn 18. Extended foster care programs can help teens transition into college or the workforce, but the investigation found many foster children elect not to participate or do not qualify. The report comes a few days after The New York Times published a story about college programs that help students transition from foster care to campus life.
Microsoft puts professional programmers in schools to enhance tech education: In a Seattle Times guest opinion column, Microsoft manager Lori Forte Harnick writes about how the company’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program is making a difference in local schools. Computer science should be offered in every Washington high school, Harnick argues, yet only a small fraction offer AP classes in the subject.