The Case For Summer Vacation

Put down those popsicles. No more sleeping in. Beach time is over. Economists have long hated summer vacation. All those wasted school facilities! All that educational backsliding! Kids are getting dumber! The conventional wisdom is that summer vacation is a relic of agricultural times, when kids had to help out their parents on the farm. But the economist William Fischel says that story is completely wrong. “When the U.S. was a farming country, in the Read More

900 New York City Classrooms Test Positive for Lead

MORE THAN 900¬†classrooms in New York City public schools tested positive for lead in recent months, according to data released by the city’s Department of Education. The presence of lead-based paint and visible deterioration was found in 938 classrooms, according to the inspection by the city of more than 5,400 classrooms in nearly 800 schools built before 1985. Officials found deteriorating lead paint in 302 of the schools and deteriorating paint in 2,245 classrooms. The Read More