With no high school football, a frustrated trainer staged his own game, violating Washington's COVID-19 protocols
SEATTLE — Tracy Ford doesn’t mince words explaining his motivations for lobbying to get high school football players back on the field.“These kids need to be seen,” said the man behind the Ford Sports Performance center in Bellevue, which trains professional and up-and-coming amateur players. “They need to be seen and they need to be evaluated.”And when Gov. Jay Inslee’s office declined to recommend that the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) resume fall sports after a meeting last month involving the WIAA, the governor’s office, Ford and student athletes, the trainer too...
The Seattle Times
Florida principal who made Holocaust comments may be rehired this week
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A former Boca Raton principal could be rehired this week after a judge concluded he shouldn’t have been fired over remarks about the Holocaust that drew national attention.William Latson was fired from his position at Spanish River High School in October 2019, and the Palm Beach County School Board on Wednesday will vote whether to reinstate him and if he’s eligible for back pay.It was not immediately clear if Latson would return to his original post, but Florida Administrative Judge Robert S. Cohen ruled the School Board should place him in a position that lines up wit...
Appeals court rules against Minnesota school district in 'landmark' bias case
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that a transgender student at Coon Rapids High School had a right to use the boys’ locker room.Instead, the Anoka-Hennepin School District had directed the student, N.H., to use an “enhanced privacy” bathroom separate from the boys’ locker room in violation of the state’s human rights act, the court said in a decision filed Monday.The state Department of Human Rights called it a landmark ruling.“This decision means that schools are now safer and more welcoming for transgender and gender nonconforming students across Minnesota,” Human...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Parkland families will have to share no more than $300,000 in mass shooting lawsuit against school district, court rules
The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the school district where the Parkland mass shooting took place more than two years ago does not have to pay more than $300,000 in combined damages to the victims’ families.Attorneys for survivors and families of the 17 students and staff killed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018 had asked the court to consider each gunshot as a separate incident, arguing that each plaintiff was entitled to receive $200,000, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.But the limit under Florida state law is $300,000, which the court said shou...
New York Daily News
Kansas, UNC, others pursuing California sophomore power forward
Jalen Lewis, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound sophomore power forward from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif., who received a scholarship offer from Kansas in April, tells Stockrisers.com he continues to hear from numerous college basketball programs.“My recruitment has been really good so far. I feel like I’ve definitely gotten my name out there from last season. I currently earned offers from Cal, UC-Davis, Kansas, Arkansas, Michigan, Georgetown, USC and Stanford,” Lewis informed the recruiting website.Lewis — he is the No. 2-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2023 by ESPN.com — also ha...
The Kansas City Star
Harp society teaches students via Zoom in pandemic
PHILADELPHIA — Elizabeth Steiner watched closely on a laptop as Chanah Nielson positioned her fingers on the strings of a six-foot-tall concert grand harp. The Philadelphia High School for Girls junior was about to play Two Guitars, a piece by the esteemed harpists Linda Wood Rollo and Susann McDonald.“Your hands look very good,” Steiner said. “But your audio is a little low for some reason.”Welcome to another live, screen-mediated, analog-digital mashup of the sort that have become an essential part of music education in the pandemic era. This 30-minute session in August was conducted via Zoo...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
In Philadelphia's white suburbs, Black Lives Matter protests both denounced and exposed racism. Will it make a difference?
PHILADELPHIA — For 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the same amount of time that a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on the neck of a Black man named George Floyd, hundreds of people dropped to a knee in a Kennett Square intersection.Naomi Simonson, who organized the event, looked around and wept.She had grown up in Kennett, attended high school steps away, and in her 20 years never knew whether her mostly white neighbors and friends cared about the struggles of Black people like her. The sight of the crowd felt like an answer, she said.“I was looking around to see people I grew up with and thei...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Florida universities under pressure to drop ACT and SAT scores in admission decisions
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida now stands nearly alone in its refusal to drop the requirement that high school seniors submit an ACT or SAT score as part of their state university applications.Most other states have adopted test-optional policies for their universities this year because the coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of many ACT and SAT test sessions. That has limited the ability of high school students to sit for the exams.Florida and Wyoming are the only two that have not, according to FairTest: The National Center for Fair & Open Testing.Across Florida, counselors, pa...
Army sergeant major who rescued hostages in Iraq receives Medal of Honor
The United States’ newest recipient of the Medal of Honor, the country’s highest recognition of military bravery, was a high school senior in South Carolina the day the World Trade Center fell under attack.Thomas “Patrick” Payne enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after graduating from Batesburg-Leesville High School in 2002 and, 13 years later, he liberated dozens of hostages from Islamic State captors during a rescue mission in Iraq.For his “conspicuous gallantry” in the mission, a part of Operation Inherent Resolve, Sgt. Maj. Payne, 36, received the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump ...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
From 'Clueless' to 'Sixteen Candles,' check out the best back-to-school films
Thinking about back-to-school season, I compiled a list of favorite classroom movies and realized that almost all of them have female protagonists.That could be a symptom of Hollywood misogyny — money men have always been willing to toss aside women of experience for new blood. But an unintended benefit is that the movies have given us a lot of compelling female students (along with a few dandy male ones, such as “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” hero Greg Heffley). Just as girls mature faster than boys, maybe there are more good high school movies featuring girls because girls get better faster.The genr...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)