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Education news, analysis, and opinion about student sports in and out of schools and its impact on academic outcomes.
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Law & Courts Appeals Court Weighs Idaho Law Barring Transgender Female Students From Girls' Sports
The three-judge federal court panel reviews a lower-court ruling that blocked the controversial statute and said it was likely unconstitutional.
Mark Walsh, May 4, 2021
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In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. In the track-and-field community in Connecticut, the dominance of Miller and Yearwood has stirred resentment among some competitors and their families.
Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet in New Haven, Conn., in February 2019.
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Law & Courts Federal Judge Dismisses Challenge to Transgender-Inclusive Athletics Policy in Connecticut
A federal district court judge said the lawsuit by cisgender female athletes was moot because two transgender track athletes had graduated.
Mark Walsh, April 26, 2021
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Law & Courts Supreme Court Sympathetic to College Athletes' Challenge to NCAA Rules on Education Aid
The justices weighed a case about the definition of amateurism in college athletics that may trickle down to high school and youth sports.
Mark Walsh, March 31, 2021
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Law & Courts High School Sports World Watching U.S. Supreme Court Case on NCAA Compensation Rules
The body that sets high school sports rules worries that any change on amateurism in college athletics would trickle down to K-12.
Mark Walsh, March 26, 2021
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Advocates for transgender people march from the South Dakota governor's mansion to the Capitol in Pierre, S.D., on March 11, 2021, to protest a proposed ban on transgender girls and women from female sports leagues.
Advocates for transgender people march from the South Dakota governor's mansion to the Capitol in Pierre to protest a proposed ban on transgender girls and women from female sports leagues.
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States Two More States Pass Restrictions on Transgender Students. Will Others Follow?
States have considered dozens of bills on the rights of transgender students. They cover everything from sports to pronouns used in schools.
Evie Blad, March 26, 2021
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Law & Courts Appeals Court Again Backs School District Against Football Coach Who Prayed on Field
The federal court at least partially answers a U.S. Supreme Court justice's concerns about the effect of its ruling on educator speech rights.
Mark Walsh, March 18, 2021
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Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn on Feb. 7, 2019. Transgender athletes are getting an ally in the White House next week as they seek to participate as their identified gender in high school and college sports. Attorneys on both sides say they expect President-elect Joe Biden’s Department of Education will switch sides in legal battles that could go a long way in determining whether transgender athletes are treated by the sex on their birth certificates or by how they identify.
Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in an event in New Haven, Conn. The two transgender athletes are at the center of a legal fight in Connecticut over the participation of transgender female athletes in girls' or women's sports.
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Federal Biden Legal Team Steps Back From Trump Stance on Transgender Female Sports Participation
The Education Department's office for civil rights pulls a letter that said Connecticut's transgender-inclusive policy violates Title IX.
Mark Walsh, February 24, 2021
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A supporter for the transgender community holds a trans flag in front of counter-protesters to protect attendees from their insults and obscenities at the city's Gay Pride Festival in Atlanta on Oct. 12, 2019.
A transgender rights supporter holds a flag at Atlanta's Gay Pride Festival in October 2019.
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Law & Courts School Sports a Fresh Front in State Battles Over Transgender Students' Rights
Lawmakers in at least 10 states are pushing legislation that would prohibit transgender students from playing on single-sex sports teams.
Evie Blad, January 28, 2021
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A staff member holds the door open for kids on the first day of school at Goodwin Frazier Elementary School in New Braunfels, Texas on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.
A staff member holds the door open for students on the first day of school at Goodwin Frazier Elementary School in New Braunfels, Texas, last August.
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School & District Management New CDC Research Backs Biden Push for In-Person Schooling
New studies add to evidence that schools can reopen safely, if they follow strong pandemic safety protocols.
Sarah D. Sparks & Mark Lieberman, January 26, 2021
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Laurie Croswhite stands near the Kerry Croswhite Aquatics Center in Chandler, Ariz. Croswhite, a 1st grade teacher and swim coach, lost her husband Kerry, a longtime head coach of Chandler High School’s swimming and diving program, to COVID-19 in July. The aquatics center was renamed in his memory.
Laurie Croswhite stands near the Kerry Croswhite Aquatics Center in Chandler, Ariz. Croswhite, a 1st grade teacher and swim coach, lost her husband Kerry, a longtime head coach of Chandler High School’s swimming and diving program, to COVID-19 in July. The aquatics center was renamed in his memory.<br/>
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Teaching Profession 1 Swim Team, 3 COVID-19 Deaths: A Widow's Story
First coronavirus killed Chandler High's swim team coach. Then it orphaned a team captain. The coach's widow is taking one day at a time.
December 21, 2020
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In this Nov. 5, 2020 photo, The Supreme Court is seen in Washington.
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.
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Law & Courts U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh NCAA Rules on Education-Related Aid for Student-Athletes
Lower courts found the rules covering items such as computers, science equipment, and financial aid for internships violate antitrust law.
Mark Walsh, December 16, 2020
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Student Well-Being Friday Night Football Is Back On, Despite COVID-19
After halting football practices and games this summer, a growing number of high schools are returning to the gridiron, despite the sport’s high risk of infection.
Corey Mitchell, September 25, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Opinion The Case for Continuing School Sports Remotely
Coaches can still help students find the benefits of youth athletics remotely, writes principal Patrick Burke.
Patrick Burke, September 9, 2020
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Student Well-Being Video How Students Find Strength Now | Everybody Needs a Team
Michael Jabour & Grace Johnson discuss how doing athletics remotely during the pandemic helped maintained students' motivation & well-being.
Jaclyn Borowski , September 8, 2020
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