News: Swine Flu Parties, Bake Sale Ban, Cheap Philharmonic Tickets, More

I can't believe it's October already. The first month of school went by so fast and we've been so busy. Meanwhile the DOE has been busy too: a new rule prohibits bake sales in schools. On the flip side, the junk food industry has launched a campaign to fight City Hall's attempts to fight the obesity epidemic. A study shows that Charter Schools perform better and Bloomberg asks to lift the cap on them. And Obama wants to keep kids in school longer while some kids may be missing school after going to swine flu parties. Lastly, we learn about the silver lining of recessions and how you can see the philharmonic for just $16.

New Policy Outlaws Bake Sales in City Schools
In an effort to limit how much sugar and fat students put in their bellies at school, the DOE has effectively banned most bake sales, the lucrative if not quite healthy fund-raising tool for generations of teams and clubs... [NY Times]

Junk Food Industry Fights Back Against NYC Nanny State
Unhealthy food purveyors are fed up with what they see as City Hall's scaremongering about their products, so they've gone on the offensive with a $1 million nationwide ad campaign... [Gothamist]

Study Shows Better Scores for Charter School Students
Students who entered lotteries and won spots in New York City charter schools performed better on state exams than students who entered the same lotteries but did not secure charter school seats, according to a study by a Stanford University economist being released Tuesday...And Mayor Again Calls for Lifting Cap on Charter Schools... [NY Times]
Swine Flu Parties?
Have you heard of “swine flu parties” within your child’s circle of friends? If invited, would you go?... [NY Times]

$16 open rehearsals at NY Philharmonic all season
The New York Philharmonic opens its doors on select weekday mornings to let an audience watch its open rehearsals at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center...[NewYorkology]

President Obama wants to keep kids in school longer
Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe...[NY Daily News]

The Upside of Recessions
Researchers have found that, historically, Americans were healthier during the Great Depression and other economic downturns than they were during periods of prosperity...[Science Magazine]