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5 Reasons to Start College Planning in Middle School

The Huffington Post – Todd VanDuzer

“Your child just stepped through the doors of middle school, and into a land of braces, growth-spurts, and real lockers. You watch them grab their backpack and walk through the door, and dust off your hands, secure in the knowledge that they’ve still got a long way to go before high school–or even college, for that matter. But you start getting emails and seeing headlines. Start Planning for College in Middle School, they say. You want to scream. “No! Why? It’s so soon!” Well, yeah. But here’s the thing. It’s actually pretty sensible…Here are five specific reasons why you should start planning for college now.”(more)

Study links air pollution to children’s low GPAs

EurekAlert! – Staff Writer

“A University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) study on children’s health has found that fourth and fifth graders who are exposed to toxic air pollutants at home are more likely to have lower GPAs. UTEP researchers analyzed academic performance and sociodemographic data for 1,895 fourth and fifth grade children living in El Paso, Texas that were attending the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD)…Children who were exposed to high levels of motor vehicle emissions from cars, trucks and buses on roads and highways were found to have significantly lower GPAs, even when accounting for other factors known to influence school performance.”(more)