March 2012 Archives

Court Dismisses Lawsuit on Title IX Application to High Schools

The ASC's lawsuit boiled down to this fundamental argument: All interpretations of Title IX and any related regulations specifically say they were designed for intercollegiate athletics, not high school sports.

Phys. Ed. Advocates Take to Capitol Hill for NASPE Speak Out! Day

Phys. ed. advocates descended upon Capitol Hill today to push for more federal support, fresh off the release of the Government Accountability Office's report on K-12 sports and phys. ed. opportunities

How Will SAT and ACT Security Changes Affect Student-Athletes?

Students will now be required to submit a current photo (digital or print) when registering for the tests, which will appear on the admissions ticket for the testing site.

Datedness of Data Casts Doubts on GAO Sports Report, Expert Says

In this week's issue of Education Week, we dive into some skepticism about the GAO sports report, which largely drew upon data from the early-to-mid-2000s.

Texas Catholic Conference Calls for Youth-Sports Review

A Texas youth sports organization's unwillingness to adjust their schedule based on a team's observance of the Jewish Sabbath conflicts with the tenets of the Catholic faith, the Texas Catholic Conference said last week.

Students' Basketball-Playing Robots Face Off at Rebound Rumble

Ever since January, teams of high school students and volunteer engineers have gathered together to design robots created entirely to shoot basketballs into hoops.

LeBron James, Miami Heat Show Support for Trayvon Martin

Right before 1:30 p.m. ET Friday, James tweeted out a picture of he and his teammates draped on hoodies in honor of Martin, who was wearing a hoodie when he was shot on Feb. 26.

Louisville Basketball Players Equip Helmets for Concussion Protection

In an attempt to prevent multiple concussions, a number of Louisville men's basketball players have been wearing mixed-martial-arts helmets in practice this year.

Georgia Adopts New Heat-Acclimatization Rules for Youth Athletes

The Georgia High School Association revised its rules regarding sports practices in heat and humidity on Monday, limiting the amount of time that coaches can expose youth athletes to extreme conditions.

Is Play on the Decline at Your School?

"Too much of what we do in education revolves around reproducing and reiterating, rather than playful creation," says EdWeekTeacher blogger Nancy Flanagan.

More Research Needed Before Linking Soccer 'Headers' to Concussions, Doctors Say

Before declaring soccer 'headers' to be enemies in the ongoing battle against youth concussions, New York-based pediatrician Dr. Ann R. Punnoose urges caution when interpreting a recent study.

School Sports Opportunities Generally on the Rise, GAO Finds

The percentage of schools that offer students regular physical education declined over the past decade, but school sports opportunities appear to be increasing nationwide, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Most College Presidents Believe Sports Scandals Taint Higher Ed.

Nearly 70 percent of college and university presidents believe that recent athletic scandals at the college level have hurt all of higher education, according to a recent survey.

Judge Upholds Punishment for Student's Online Rap About Coaches

A federal district judge upheld a seven-day suspension today for a Mississippi high school student who rapped about two of his school's coaches, accusing them of improper conduct with female students.

Youth-Concussion Law Update: Idaho, Wisconsin Advancing Bills

The Wisconsin Senate sent a youth-concussion bill to Gov. Scott Walker, while the Idaho House approved a bill strengthening the youth-concussion law the state already has.

NCAA Teams Will "Rise to Challenge" of Higher Academic Standards, Arne Duncan Says

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan praised the NCAA today for raising their minimum academic standards during a press call to discuss the academic progress of participants in the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments.

2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, By the Academic Numbers

The University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports released on Monday its annual report analyzing NCAA men's basketball tournament teams based on their academic performance.

Pa. Schools Double National Average of Athletic-Trainer Coverage

In Pennsylvania, during the ongoing 2011-12 school year, 86 percent of high schools reported having access to an AT, according to a study from the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society.

Middle Schoolers Rank Phys. Ed. as Favorite Subject in Survey

When a national sample of 1,000 U.S. middle school students (ages 10-14) were asked to name their favorite subject in school, physical education came in first place, with 18 percent of the total vote, according to a new survey.

Parent Facing Charges After Shining Laser at Youth Hockey Goalie

The father of a high school girls' hockey player in Winthrop, Mass., was charged Tuesday with disturbing the peace after allegedly shining a laser pointer in the eyes of an opposing goalie during a recent game.

Doctor: 'Time to Start Paying Attention' to Youth-Sports Concussions

There's a real need for more high-quality research on youth concussions, writes Dr. Frederick P. Rivara, professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington, in an editorial.

Increase of Childhood Obesity Slowing in Calif., Study Suggests

Between 2003 and 2008, California students were still gradually growing more obese, but the rate of increase had slowed from years prior, according to a new study based out of the University of California, Davis.

Coach Who Chased Ohio School Shooter Recognized as Hero

The shooting that occurred Monday at Chardon High School in Ohio, which left three students dead and two others injured, could have been even more tragic if not for the actions of assistant football coach Frank Hall, according to witness accounts.

State Semifinal Rescheduled for Jewish Team's Sabbath

The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) was served a Temporary Restraining Order that requires them to include the Robert M. Beren Academy in the semifinals of their state basketball tournament this coming weekend.

Va. Senate Committee Kills 'Tebow Bill' for Homeschooled Athletes

On a largely party line vote, the Virginia Senate and Health Committee voted down a bill which would have allowed homeschooled high school athletes to participate in public school sports.

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