Tuition rises, fewer Catholic students, and more attraction of magnet and charter schools are reasons why the rate of Catholic school enrollment has declined significantly over the past years. In the past decade, attendance rate dropped 22%. Some city schools have managed to keep their numbers steady or even slightly higher, however, thanks to aggressive work on their parts.
For a quick refresher: magnet schools are defined as public schools offering specialized courses not available in regular public schools; most magnet schools concentrate on a particular discipline, while some, like the International Baccalaureate schools, have more general areas of study. Charter schools receive public money, are subject to some of the rules that apply to other public schools, and are expected to produce results set forth in the school’s charter. They usually have greater flexibility than normal public schools, and in return for that, charter schools receive less funding than traditional public schools in that zone.
Yes, it’s now possible to taste a chocolate-flavored stamp! These are available in Belgium, which shouldn’t be a surprise given the country’s fondness for the confection. Belgian non-residents can also sample the stamps by e-mailing the address in this article here.
For those born in the early ’80s, this list of spot-on nostalgia will be particularly appealing!
The FDA has approved the first bionic eye in the U.S.; the implantable device will help those with a blindness called retinitis pigmentosa detect light and dark.
No more letter deliveries from the Post Office on Saturday. Packages will be delivered, however.
An update: the Postal Service’s package delivery volume is growing from all those Internet purchases people make, and the Postal Service is looking to speed up its package delivery service.
Update: the ban has been delayed…
New information and tips regarding the unsettling increase in “food fraud” (“the adulteration, dilution, or mislabeling of goods,” according to the FDA)…
Although one type of full-body scanner is being removed from airports, a second type will replace it. The differences? The replacement supposedly will produce quicker scans (thus leading to faster lanes), and won’t “produce revealing images.”