As universities reopen, no one has more uncertainty than this year's freshman class
There’s the adventure of going off to college for the first time, that big, nerve-wracking step toward adulthood that some students have been preparing for their entire high school careers. And then there’s going off to college for the first time in 2020.That is, if this year’s freshman class of students are even going off somewhere at all.As universities in the Chicago area and around the country scramble to resume classes during the COVID-19 pandemic — be that with online coursework, students in class or a hybrid of both — they acknowledge they must plan in particular for this year’s freshma...
Editorial: If college football goes on, players' health concerns must be met
Another week brings another momentous coronavirus decision. Should the college football season be canceled?It’s not quite as important as whether to reopen businesses or schools. Those are essential parts of a functioning society.College football isn’t. Just don’t tell that to millions of fans in Florida and across the U.S.They are nervously hoping schools like UCF, Florida and Florida State don’t follow the path taken Tuesday by the Big Ten and Pac-12, both of which announced they would delay the season until spring.The Southeastern, Atlantic Coast and American Athletic conferences are expect...
Coronavirus school reopening complicates life for students with special needs
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Everything Denise Jolly is struggling from, thousands of other South Carolinians have been struggling with amid the coronavirus pandemic.But very few of them are struggling with it all at once.Jolly is a cancer patient and the mother of two boys, one of whom is in gifted classes, and the other is on the autism spectrum.“Our situation is more extreme than most are facing, but I know there are a lot of special needs parents in Columbia,” Jolly told The State.Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the disadvantages special needs students face on a normal basis have been magnified, ...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Principal who made Holocaust comments should not have been fired, judge rules
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The former Boca Raton principal who generated a national uproar for his comments about the Holocaust should not have been fired, a judge ruled Thursday.The Palm Beach County School District should have given William Latson, former principal of Spanish River High, a reprimand or reassigned him to another job, according to the ruling by Judge Robert S. Cohen.The school district “failed to prove that (Latson) engaged in misconduct in office, incompetence, or gross insubordination by a preponderance of the evidence. No just cause for his suspension or termination exists, bu...
Mary Schmich: Four years after he was shot, Tavon Tanner's family is grateful for his life — and for the two detectives helping him get to high school
CHICAGO — In this violent pandemic summer, Tavon Tanner has spent many days at home with his twin sister and mother watching the Chicago news. Shooting after shooting, death after death, child after child.A 3-year-old killed. A 7-year-old. A baby who wasn’t quite 2. Children memorialized by the age at which they died. Sitting in front of the TV, watching the parade of grief, Tavon and his family feel both sad and lucky.“It’s sad,” says Tavon, “because they ain’t giving those kids a chance to live.”“The one that really set me off,” says his mother, Mellanie Washington, “was the 9-year-old. That...
Mike Jensen: College sports right now isn't a competition so much as a science fair
So the winner of Wednesday’s 2020 college football quote that would have made no sense in 2019 contest goes to Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, for reasonably suggesting how “if all your quarterbacks are living together and they get infected, it may be tough” to play a game.That’s where we are. College sports right now isn’t a competition so much as a science fair.Can the Big 12, Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conferences make it to an opening kickoff without shutting down? If yes … did the Big Ten and Pac-12 shut down too quickly? And who had Temple still trying to play football a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pac-12 football in the spring: It can work (if coronavirus is under control), and we have a plan
A spring football season is like so much else in the Covid-19 era — it’s like wearing masks and infection danger and the idea of playing college football this fall.The only consensus is the conflicting viewpoints.“It makes zero sense,” a longtime college football administrator said. “If you can’t play in the fall, then let’s get through the virus, come back in January and have a full offseason.”“Of course you can play in the spring,” a current athletic director said. “It’s a matter of if you want to play in the spring.”We’re not sure of the Pac-12’s collective desire to play in the spring, esp...
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Georgia high school that drew national attention over masks will reopen part timeATLANTA — Students at the Paulding County high school that drew attention nationwide after leaked photographs showed crowded hallways and few masks will return to campus part time under a new plan to control the spread of the coronavirus.North Paulding High School, among the earliest schools to open its doors in the nation, was closed last week as a half dozen students and three staffers tested positive for COVID-19.The disease has spread since then, with at least 35 confirmed cases now reported in the school of 2...
Tribune News Service
Georgia high school that drew national attention over masks will reopen part time
ATLANTA — Students at the Paulding County high school that drew national attention after leaked photographs showed crowded hallways and few masks will return to campus part time under a new plan to control the spread of the coronavirus.North Paulding High School, among the earliest schools to open its doors in the nation, was closed last week as a half dozen students and three staffers tested positive for COVID-19.The disease has spread since then, with at least 35 confirmed cases now reported in the school of 2,000 students, the Paulding County School District said Wednesday.The school distri...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Balancing Act: Congrats on becoming a centibillionaire, Mark Zuckerberg! How about buying a computer for every American school kid who needs one?
Mark Zuckerberg became a centibillionaire last week, joining just two other people in the world worth more than $100 billion: Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos.The pandemic hasn’t been bad for all businesses.“The founders of America’s largest technology companies have enjoyed a mind-boggling accumulation of wealth this year as the coronavirus pandemic drives more people online, despite the U.S. economy contracting at its fastest pace on record,” Bloomberg reports. “Zuckerberg has gained about $22 billion this year, while Bezos is up more than $75 billion.”How nice for them. I have an idea.Zuckerberg i...