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Goody Blog Daily News RoundupSchools get shortchanged in Federal Impact Aid
When a large military installation takes place, it can put on a huge strain school district that has limited financial resources. Those districts suffer when they don’t get the full amount they’re entitled to under a 60-year-old federal program designed to ease the burden of having military bases or tribal reservations that pay no local property taxes within the districts’ borders, yet send hundreds of students to their schools. The aid goes to school districts to make up for untaxed Indian lands, military installations, public housing and national parks, says John Forkenbrock, executive director of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools. Unfortunatley, Congress hasn’t fully funded the program since 1969. (USA Today)

Early childhood education benefits both kids, taxpayers, study says

Investing in early childhood education can yield impressive economic benefits — both for children and taxpayers, according to a National Institutes of Health study that followed participants until age 26. Each dollar spent on Chicago-based, federally funded Child-Parent Centers generates $4 to $11 in return, both because children finished high school or college, earning more than their peers, and also because participants were less likely to be held back, arrested, depressed, involved with drugs or sick, the study says. (USA Today)

Teenagers, Friends and Bad Decisions
In studies at Temple University, psychologists used functional magnetic resonance imaging scans on 40 teenagers and adults to determine if there are differences in brain activity when adolescents are alone versus with their friends. The findings suggest that teenage peer pressure has a distinct effect on brain signals involving risk and reward, helping to explain why young people are more likely to misbehave and take risks when their friends are watching. (New York Times)

Some Girl Scouts to sit out cookie sale in protest
A Minnesota Girl Scout council’s decision to sell some of its camps has so upset one Scout that she and others in her troop plan to sit out the big annual cookie sale that starts Saturday. The girls were upset by the council’s decision to get rid of four camps in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Many other councils have made similar, difficult decisions about selling camps in recent years, said Michelle Tompkins, national spokeswoman for Girl Scouts of the USA. While that often raises strong emotions, Tompkins said she’s not aware of similar protests elsewhere this year. (MSNBC)

Game-playing kid falls onto subway tracks

A 10-year-old boy who was playing a video game on a Sony PlayStation Portable was so engrossed that he stepped off a subway platform and fell onto the tracks. The incident, which happened in Milan, Italy, was caught on video (shown here). An off-duty policeman jumped onto the tracks to rescue the boy. (MSNBC)

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