Editorial: It’s Florida’s politicians, not teachers, who are trying to indoctrinate schoolchildren
Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans are about to pull off a whitewash for the ages. They are poised to implement a new rule this week that they say is designed to keep teachers from “indoctrinating” students. In other words, teachers are the enemy. “You have to police them on a daily basis” to prevent this insidious conspiracy, Florida Secretary of Education Richard Corcoran said with a straight face during a speech last month at a conservative college in Michigan. That’s the stunning level of disrespect — and intimidation — of teachers to which Florida has sunk. What Corcoran is referri...
Justin Fields helped lead effort to save 2020 Big Ten football season. It paid off in Bears QB's development.
CHICAGO — The tweet went out on a Sunday morning in August. Justin Fields had no intention of letting Ohio State’s 2020 football season disappear without a fight. Five days earlier, amid the growing intensity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Big Ten announced it was postponing fall sports for health and safety reasons and discussing the possibility of moving football to the spring. That announcement, a rare decision in big-time college athletics rooted in extreme caution rather than financial incentive, set off a wave of intense debate — particularly as the SEC, ACC and Big 12 vowed to push forwa...
Kansas universities asked to compile list of courses that teach critical race theory
TOPEKA, Kansas — The Kansas Board of Regents, in response to a question from a state senator, is asking its universities to produce a list of courses that include critical race theory, an academic concept that has become a target of Republicans across the country. The request went to all six universities — including the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Wichita State University — but became public after screenshots of an email seeking the information at Pittsburg State University were posted online. The request was made by Sen. Brenda Dietrich, a Topeka Republican, said Matt Ke...
The Kansas City Star
Students, faculty at Seattle universities join national push for change at campus police departments
SEATTLE — Stacey Hines, a junior at the University of Washington, never considered himself an activist until last summer’s George Floyd protests in Seattle and nationwide led him to think more deeply about his involvement in social justice issues. “Seeing the demands (Seattle protesters) posted over the summer and seeing the work being done on campus really inspired me to be a part of that,” he said. Hines is one of thousands of college students throughout the United States and Canada who have joined a widespread, university-based coalition that’s pushing for lasting change within all police f...
The Seattle Times
What does hotly debated new Florida elections law do? Here’s what it actually says
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida’s new election law was fiercely debated from the moment it was introduced. But what will it actually change for voters and the people who run state elections? The GOP-pushed bill went through several revisions before being signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 6, and some of the more controversial measures were watered down. But voters can still expect major changes in how they vote and how county elections supervisors operate. “Confusion and inconvenience,” said Mary Jane Arrington, the Democratic Osceola elections supervisor, when asked to sum up the new law. Republican ...
Nearly 400 protest Northwestern’s hiring of athletic director Mike Polisky, march to university President Morton Schapiro’s home
EVANSTON, Ill. — Nearly 400 Northwestern students, faculty and community members marched Friday afternoon from campus to university President Morton Schapiro’s home to protest the hiring of Mike Polisky as athletic director. Protest leaders called for a more thorough investigation of Polisky’s appointment, and some said he should be forced to step down. Polisky, whose hire was announced Monday, is one of four defendants along with the university in a sexual harassment lawsuit that says the former deputy athletic director ignored complaints of cheerleaders being sexually exploited and accused a...
Goodwill shoppers and donors help students earn diplomas, degrees — and a fresh start
PHILADELPHIA — Shawn Smith got a full-time helper’s job with an electrical contractor in Philadelphia and is continuing his education at Delaware County Community College. Lauren Pelley went to work at a mental health center in Cherry Hill and is set to begin training to become a Certified Recovery Support Practitioner. As for Tamico Flack? “I wrote a self-help book,” she said. “The title is 'Becoming the Real You.'” Each of these recent graduates of the Helms Academy didn’t finish at their respective high schools in Philadelphia; Buena, New Jersey; and Trenton. None of them had sat in a class...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Nedra Rhone: At what age do you really become an adult?
Since the 1950s, five milestones identified by sociologists have been considered the markers of adulthood: finishing school, leaving home, becoming financially independent, marrying and having a child. These milestones were supposed to be completed by the time you reached your 30s and anyone who didn't check off those boxes could kiss their adulting card goodbye. I graduated from college in 1992 during the recession-that-time-forgot, which meant that instead of scoring a corporate job, I ended up living at home while working as an aerobics instructor by day and data entry clerk at night in the...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mike Jensen: NCAA transfer portal plus pandemic fallout wreaking havoc on basketball recruiting
PHILADELPHIA — When Denzel Atkinson-Boyer was a Media, Pa., Penncrest High junior, his college recruiting hit a point where he didn’t know where he would be playing college ball, just that he could be confident of it happening. Then the pandemic hit, with all that entailed. And NCAA transfer changes were announced, immediate eligibility becoming the new norm. His own senior season got abbreviated, no college coaches in the gym. Atkinson-Boyer could sense the change in his recruiting. It wasn’t subtle. “I had coaches — they just stopped talking to me,” Atkinson-Boyer said. “I have a 6-[foot]-7 ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mark Zeigler: Soccer's Super League may be dead, but the concept lives on in college football
SAN DIEGO — The tombstone for The Super League, capital T, the breakaway soccer competition by Europe's biggest clubs that threatened to radically reshape the sport's global landscape, would look something like this: R.I.P., April 18, 2021 - April 20, 2021 It was extinguished as quickly as it was ignited, the brainchild of Real Madrid President Florentino Perez and a trio of American owners of storied English Premier League clubs with the $5 billion backing of U.S. investment bank JPMorgan Chase. The idea breathlessly unveiled Sunday was to permanently take Europe's top 15 clubs so they wouldn...
The San Diego Union-Tribune