October 2011 Archives

Billionaire Donates $18M to Andre Agassi's Charter School

Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian's gift marks the largest donation in the 16-year history of the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, which has raised over $150 million in total.

High School Football Coach Wins Milestone 500th Game

J.T. Curtis Jr., head coach at John Curtis (La.) Christian School, scored his 500th win a 49-6 win over Clark (New Orleans) High School.

How to Teach Students Math With Fantasy Football

The New York Times created a lesson plan tailored for the common-core standards centered around teaching math with fantasy football.

NCAA Raises Minimum GPA for Incoming Student-Athletes

The Division I board of directors approved a package of proposals on Thursday that will boost academic standards for student-athletes and improve their welfare on campus.

Principal Stresses Value of Recess for Student Achievement

EdWeek blogger Peter DeWitt believes that students are being robbed of their childhood when schools scrap recess for more class time.

NCAA Athletes Petition for Cut of Media Revenues

The players asked the NCAA to set aside an unspecified amount of money from new TV revenues each year and put it into an "educational lockbox" for football and men's basketball players.

NCAA Mulling Academic Changes That Would Affect High Schoolers

Minimum GPA for incoming student-athletes could be on the rise under a proposal being considered by the NCAA Division I board of directors this week.

Senators Question Validity of Football Helmet Safety Claims

Senators and medical witnesses grilled youth sports equipment makers for potentially misleading advertising.

Illinois Elementary School Earns Gold Medal for Fighting Childhood Obesity

The school, about 150 miles south of Chicago, added an extra 50 minutes of physical education per week, improved the quality of school meals, and created an employee wellness program over the past few years.

Texas Reducing Two-a-Day Workouts for Football Players

Starting next year, Texas high school football players will likely be facing much fewer two-a-day practices, thanks to rule changes approved Monday by the Texas University Interscholastic League's legislative council.

Study: Impact Tends to Be Lower for Youth Football Players

Researchers from Virginia Tech University released initial results from the first-ever study of the protective capabilities of child football helmets today, although the researchers will continue to collect data.

High School Football Player Dies From Head Injury in N.Y.

A seemingly routine play turned quickly tragic on Friday night in Phoenix, New York, as a student-athlete was declared dead roughly two hours after sustaining a head injury during a high school football game.

Study: Knee Injuries Dramatically Rising in Youth Athletes

Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia discovered more than a 400 percent increase in the number of sports-related anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus tears in youths over the past decade.

NFL's Josh Freeman Helps Fla. Roll Out 'Financial Football'

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman helped roll out a statewide initiative in Florida earlier this week to improve students' financial literacy, in the form of an NFL-themed computer game.

Tailoring School Phys. Ed. for Students With Disabilities

The U.S. Education Department recently released guidance for meeting the challenge of providing physical education for students with disabilities.

Few Schools Have Comprehensive Physical Activity Programs, Survey Finds

Less than 20 percent of K-12 schools provide their students with before-, during-, and after-school opportunities to engage in physical activity, according to an American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance survey.

Michelle Obama Recruits Kids for Jumping Jacks Record

Mrs. Obama needs more than 20,425 people to do jumping jacks for one minute to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most number of people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour timeframe.

Feds Drop Title IX Case Against 60 Oregon Districts

The complaint, filed in April, alleged that the accused schools were providing more athletic opportunities for males than females, a clear violation of Title IX, if true.

Calif. Governor Vetoes Bill Banning Pay-to-Play Sports Fees

California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill this past Saturday that would have banned public schools from charging students fees to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities, saying the bill went "too far."

Crying Found to Give College Football Players a 'Mental Edge'

College football players who felt comfortable displaying emotion—both positive (happiness) and negative (sadness)—were found to have higher self-esteem than those who shunned emotion, according to three new studies.

CDC Finds 60 Percent Increase in Youth-Athlete Head Injuries

Over the past eight years, reported traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in youth athletes rose by nearly 100,000, according to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Prevention Control on Thursday.

Former NFL QB Fran Tarkenton on Teacher Tenure

Teacher tenure gives employees no incentive to exceed expectations and perform better, former NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton argues in a recent Wall Street Journal editorial.

Surfing to Become Official School Sport in Hawaii

Hawaii public high schools will begin offering surfing as an official school-sanctioned sport as early as the spring of 2013, Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Monday.

NYC Comptroller: City's 'D.O.E. Is Failing Gym'

Auditors visited 31 New York City elementary schools during the 2010-11 school year and found not a single one in full compliance with the state's physical education standards.

Schools Celebrating International Walk to School Day Today

Over 3,700 schools in all 50 states were taking part in the initiative, connected with the federal Safe Routes to School program.

Homecoming Queen Transforms Into Football Hero

Shortly after being named homecoming queen, 18-year-old Brianna Amat booted home a game-winning 31-yard field goal for her high school football team.

Roger Goodell Wants Youth-Concussion Laws in Every State

In front of an audience of over 2,000 neurosurgeons at the 2011 Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Goodell spoke about how concussions have affected his league and the sport of football in general.

Montana Foundation Looks to Fight Youth Obesity Statewide

A Blue Cross Blue Shield-controlled foundation announced last week that it would be funding proposals to battle the childhood obesity epidemic at the statewide level.

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