Gimme 5: Stories Parents Should Know

This week, there have been key findings in what makes a child successful – at school or in a homeschool environment. One mom was sent to jail for sending her kids to the wrong school, and the world lost one of its most loved children’s book authors. Scroll down to get the scoop five of the latest stories in education news.

Loved Children’s Book Author Dies

Anna Dewdney, author of the popular Llama Llama series of books passed away in early September. Before becoming a full-time author, she supported herself working several careers including a waitress, a rural mail carrier, and a daycare provider. (Publishers Weekly)

Ohio Mom Jailed for Sending Kids to Better School District

A mother of two in Ohio was sentenced to 10 days in jail after she lied about her residency to get her daughters enrolled in what she believed is a better school district. After her home was broken in to, she used a family’ members address to get her kids into a better school. School officials said the mother was cheating because her daughters received a quality education without paying taxes to fund it. (ABC News)

Clean Clothes Boost Attendance Rates in Schools

While trying to get to the bottom of an attendance problem at her school, a Principal in St. Louis realized that many of the homes of absent children did not have washing machines, and because of this the children did not have clean uniforms. She reached out to a company that donated a few washing machines for students to get clean clothes, but also for parents to come and be more engaged in their children’s school life. (MindShift)diap

Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Will Sell Bipartisan Diapers 

The election season is a time where America becomes more divided. Actress Jessica Alba wants to help put a stop to this by encouraging bipartisanship at a very young age. Her strategy – bipartisan diapers. (

Homeschooling in America is Changing

It might not be news to you that homeschooling is on the rise, but the rate and reasons its growing are surprising. The US is adapting to these changes by rolling out more laws, such as the “Tim Tebow” laws that would allow homeschooled children to play in school sports. (RawStory)

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