What I did last summer … • A study conducted by the RAND Corp. and released in June shows that the average student starts school a month behind where they were before summer break. The effects are greater in certain subjects, such as math, and among low-income students. To minimize the “summer slide,” many educators assign summer homework.
Schooled in shopping • This is the eighth year Missouri has held a special holiday in which it withholds the state sales tax of 4.225 percent on certain qualifying back-to-school items. Local municipalities can — and often do — opt out of the holiday, so local taxes may still be collected depending on where you shop. On Friday, many parking lots were more crowded than normal. A line for the Apple store stretched a ways through the St. Louis Galleria in the morning.
Greatest show in Canton • Marshall Faulk was on his best behavior Friday afternoon. And with his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame just a day away, why shouldn’t he be? Nonetheless, when Faulk was asked if he’d started working on his acceptance speech, he looked at the questioner as if he had three heads. “That’s not even a question I can answer,” Faulk said. “If you even know me, that speech has been done a l-o-o-o-ng time ago.”
Nice while it lasted • The Francis Howell School District isn’t having year-round elementary school for the first time since 1969. So, this year’s switch to a modified year-round schedule meant the first day of school was today.