Televising school sport could put too much focus on performance, a price too high for young athletes

A new deal to televise and live stream more secondary school sports in New Zealand has attracted significant attention and debate.

First XV secondary school rugby in New Zealand has been televised for some time on Sky Sport. The attraction of new revenue for broadcasters and other sporting organisations is clear, but what might the cost be for young athletes?

The new broadcast deal is a collaboration between the New Zealand Sport Collective (created by former Olympic rowing champion Rob Waddell and representing more than 50 sports) and Sky Sport Next, a YouTube channel run by Sky TV.

The deal evolved after consultation with several bodies including the New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council (NZSSSC), which coordinates secondary school sport.

It is easy to understand why some school students would like to be on television. But there are moral and ethical issues that need to be considered by those charged

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The Guardian view on Rishi Sunak’s jobs plan: playing for high stakes



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As soon as Covid-19 cases began to rise again, forcing fresh public health controls and new restrictions on economic activity for another six months, another package of Treasury measures to protect jobs was inevitable. There is nothing unique about this. Similar packages have been introduced across Europe. The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, duly delivered one for Britain on Thursday. It bore little resemblance to the kind of measures he had been hoping to announce in his putative post-pandemic autumn budget. That budget has now been postponed until next year.

Thursday was instead the third Covid emergency budget of Mr Sunak’s dramatic chancellorship. The furlough scheme will close at the end of October. UK unemployment is already rising in anticipation and amid the recession, with Whitbread among the latest to announce big job cuts. So Mr Sunak either had to extend the furlough scheme,

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Sequoyah High School students to protest distance learning

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Students at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah are preparing to protest distance learning.

Asa Robbins wishes she was spending her senior year at Sequoyah High School with her friends. Instead, she’s learning online at home. But, she’s hoping to change that.

“Everyone’s home life is different, and we feel like some students are struggling right now through online school,” Robbins said. “They need that teacher interaction and peer involvement, and we are missing that in virtual learning. And we are struggling and we are failing because of it.”

Thursday, Robbins, who is the student council president, and others are protesting Cherokee Nation, which operates the school. She’s asking to move to a hybrid model so students can learn in-person at least part of the time.

However, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. said positive COVID-19 cases are rising and distance learning is the safest option.

“It’s

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High school equivalency test fees covered by CARES Act funding | Indiana News

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will provide local adult education programs reimbursement for test fees for students who take the high school equivalency through Dec. 30, according to Marilyn Pitzulo, associate chief adult education, of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, in a news release today.

To qualify, students must be Indiana residents, currently enrolled in an adult education program, and have successful scores on a practice exam.

Funding is through the CARES Act and will cover up to $95 for the exam at test centers.

Local adult education personnel believe that additional funding will be a boost. At Indianapolis’ Wayne Township adult education, Christy McIntyre-Gray, program coordinator, is hopeful they will be able to increase the number of high school equivalencies.

“Many of our career training programs require the HSE (high school equivalency) such as medical and dental assisting and sterile processing as well as some CDL and computer training programs,”

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Laguna High School 2020 Grad Competes In Dragon Challenge

LAGUNA BEACH, CA — A class of 2020 Laguna Beach High School graduate has been invited as a finalist to compete for $5,000 at a live virtual event called the Dragon Challenge this Thursday, September 24.

Nathan Solomon and his program partner have spent the last seven months completing the Dragon Kim Fellowship Program to launch their project called “The Hip Hop Workshop.”

The workshop is week-long self-expression and spoken word poetry camp throughout OC. In response to COVID-19, Nathan and his teammate also created an online poetry competition that received hundreds of submissions nationwide.

The Dragon Kim Fellowship Program is a seven-month, hands-on leadership training and mentoring program designed to encourage students to bring out-of-the-box social impact service projects to life from start to finish.

Every Dragon Fellow receives up to $5,000 to launch their project through the Fellowship Program.

After seven months, three projects advance to the Dragon

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TBOE approves new charter high school in Antioch despite Metro’s disapproval

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Tennessee Board of Education approved plans for a new charter school in the fastest growing area of Nashville, Antioch, despite opposition from the Metro Nashville Board of Public Education and the superintendent of schools.

“We have development going up everywhere, and of course, it makes you a little nervous as a school board member when you see more construction and less schools,” Anitioch-area school board member Fran Bush told News 2.

Both Antioch High School and Cane Ridge High School are currently at capacity.

“I have to make a decision because I’m growing so fast and unfortunately, MNPS is not building schools fast enough for me,” Bush explained.

Bush said that’s why she lobbied for the approval of a new charter school, KIPP Antioch College Prep High School. KIPP already has several schools in Nashville and one K-8 school in Antioch with more than 650

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Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes high school sports attendance bill, setting up possible override vote in General Assembly

Gov. Tom Wolf, as promised, vetoed a bipartisan-backed bill on Monday that would have given local officials’ authority this year to decide whether to hold K-12 sports and activities and set crowd limits at events.

This action shows his determination to urge Pennsylvanians to adhere to his 25-person limit for indoor events and 250 for outdoor contests to control the spread of COVID-19, even though a federal judge has declared those limits along with other pandemic-related restrictions the governor ordered as unconstitutional. The Wolf Administration has requested a stay on that order while appealing U.S. Western District Court Judge William Stickman IV’s ruling.

In his veto message, the governor said, “We have been confronting extraordinary challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue the fight against COVID-19, we need to continue to prioritize the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians and minimize public health risks. However, this bill does nothing to

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Small Oregon school district in county with high COVID-19 rate sues state for barring in-person education

The school board of the tiny Adrian school district near the Idaho border has filed a lawsuit against some Oregon leaders, demanding it be permitted to educate students in person during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The board filed the complaint Thursday against Colt Gill, director of the Oregon Department of Education, and Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Adrian is located in Malheur County, which has by far the highest rates of COVID-19 infections in Oregon. It shares a border with Idaho, which has higher case rates and fewer coronavirus restrictions than Oregon.

The state has told schools they can’t operate in person, with some exceptions, unless the county’s positive test rate stays at 5% or lower for three weeks in a row. In Malheur, the positive test rate has ranged from 36% to 41% in the three most recent weeks.

The school board’s complaint claims “if the children

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These Marketers Reveal How They’ve Aimed High and Supercharged Their Careers

After a riveting four days of online learning and chatroom schmoozing, Brandweek attendees tuned into “Dream Big” on Friday, a midday workshop moderated by the former head of Uber, Taj Alavi, and Rachel Webber, CMO and president, corporate strategy, of Playboy. The two marketing mavens shared how vision boards, victories against impostor syndrome and self-acceptance have allowed them to steer their careers in the direction of their dreams.

Alavi is one of the 230-plus marketing leaders serving as mentors in Adweek’s Executive Mentorship Program and a current adviser on the board of Plenty, an indoor vertical farming startup based in San Francisco. As of last month, she was the senior director of global brand marketing at Uber, before stepping down from her role. Prior to working at Uber, Alavi was the head of global brand marketing at Instagram from 2015 to 2018. She shared during the workshop that she still

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a socially distanced way to enjoy Lancaster County high school football

A lot of people have been waiting for some Friday night high school football, but because of COVID-19 restrictions, many fans are not allowed to physically be at the games. 

A night at the drive-ins: a socially distanced way to enjoy Lancaster County high school football

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One local theater decided to get creative.

The event was walk-up only, no vehicles.

Whether they were there for the Blue Streaks or the Explorers, everyone was there for one thing.

“We’re here to watch some football,” Becky Casey, a fan, exclaimed.

Manheim Township had the home field advantage over La Salle College High School. But their fans were not quite on the sidelines.

“I am watching my daughter cheerlead on the side of a building,” Jill Kling, a parent, said. “My daughter is a cheer captain this year and I promised not to miss a game so I’m

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