Thursday, August 16, 2007

AUGUST 16, 2007

We're getting ready for the Back To School Jam on Monday, but some states and cities have already been back to school for some weeks... Year round school isn't done in Bakersfield, but would you want it to?

We heard from parents and teachers this morning who would be in favor of it... They cited day care costs, and being able to get kids back up to speed in the classroom faster after a shorter layoff.

But the comments weren't all positive. Some teachers (like my wife) enjoy their vacation just the way it is, and another educator pointed out that a study found that kids in "year-round" U.S. schools don't learn more than kids in nine-month schools. The study author said some districts adopt year-round schedules to help alleviate overcrowding or increase achievement among the students, but the study didn't find an academic advantage.

Massachusetts-based Ian's Natural Foods is recalling almost 13-thousand pounds of turkey corn dogs. According to the U-S Department of Agriculture, the frozen turkey products contain non-fat milk --which is an allergen-- and it's not listed on the package. The recall affects varieties of 8-ounce packages of frozen turkey corn dogs. Each box contains the establishment code P-19011 inside the USDA mark of inspection, and the packaging dates 07099, 07114, 07120, or 07173. FYI: The recalled corn dogs were sent to distribution centers in AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, MA, MN, NH, TX and WA. For more information you can call Ian's at 978-989-0601.

You may want to think about picking up one of those at-home lead testing kits. More lead has reportedly been found in products being used by your kids. This time it's vinyl baby bibs sold at Toys R Us. According to the NY Times, studies showed bibs being sold under the brands Especially For Baby and Koala Baby could have lead levels as much as three times the legal limit. But Toys R Us says their independent study showed the lead levels were safe. The U-S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also found safe levels of lead in the bibs and says parents don't need to throw them away unless they are ripped or torn. No recalls have been made, but advocacy groups are suggesting parents stop buying the bibs.

12% of people have admitted doing this in church... check their email!