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Is the NCAA acting like the RC Church and using an abundance of transfers for predators?

Rut row.
An investigation by the USA TODAY Network identified at least 33 current and former athletes since 2014 who transferred to NCAA schools despite being administratively or criminally An investigation by the USA TODAY Network identified at least 33 current and former athletes since 2014 who transferred to NCAA schools despite being administratively or criminally disciplined for a sexual offense at another college. The actual number is likely far higher, as most universities refuse to release records from disciplinary proceedings, even though federal law allows them to do so. proceedings, even though federal law allows them to do so.

Web link:  https://sports.yahoo.com/football-star-expelled-rape-twice-100019737.html

Runaway travel costs for big shots at PPS is a lead story

Published a couple of months ago in Education Malpractice , Pittsburgh , PPS - 0 Comments

Perspectives matter. Travel is awesome. However, this travel is not for the kids. It is travel for the leadership. It would be great to know that the students of PPS were hitting the road and zooming around town, the region, throughout the WPIAL and PIAA.
Travel and transportation are mega issues. But it is often yellow bus woes, not airline tickets for the honors band, national qualifiers nor science fair competitors.

Sue Murray Swim Pool on lower Northside.
Sheridan Swim Pool in Sheridan (just past Langley)
PCA / Greenway field and swim pool across street from Comcast.
Homewood Swim Pool and Homewood Field, not far from Faison.
West Penn Rec Center Swim Pool in Polish Hill
Ammon Swim Pool on Bedford Ave in Hill District
of course the SDA 2015 sites, especially the swim pools:
Brashear / South Hills Middle School,
Then for later August, how about:
Obama field and pool.
South Side’s Oliver Bath House and Cupples Stadium and Armstrong Park and Market House Rec Center.
Oliver HS swim pool and track.
That infrastructure with WIFI would help in countless ways. Some of these spots above are NOT generally on the highest priority lists, but we’re trying to fortify the facilities that get little use.

#VarsityBlues, a take on the college admissions cheaters and bribes revealed with a federal case hitting the news cycle

Published 11 months ago in Education Malpractice , Elsewhere , PPS , Support - 0 Comments

Yes. Athletes get a huge advantage when it comes to gaining admissions to colleges and universities.

Sports presents an important pathway to success when in college and throughout life.

Sadly, these facts are too often ignored by some administrators at Pittsburgh Public Schools and hundreds of students every year suffer greatly because of these shortcomings.

The sum of the benefits to the students and families of the district from the Pittsburgh Promise could be overshadowed by a reformed philosophy and some modest attention put to coaching, programs, sports and a holistic athletic activities.

This goes way, way beyond the Stanford Sailing Team and mega rich children of actors.

Hundreds of PPS kids are getting robbed every year because there are some district administrators who don’t give a darn about providing the students with viable opportunities to improve themselves.

But does this recent scandal highlight the fallibility of this fact?

The recent scandal is like a pimple on the face of a kid among the crew of athletes at the PIAA Swimming & Diving Championships.

You can watch day 2 of the AA meet tonight on Pennsylvania Cable Network too!

Hint: When people watch, they don't even see the pimple.

Re-segregation of our schools and who is to blame

Published 11 months ago in Education Malpractice , PPS - 1 Comment
Snip of article

Interesting article

Globally, I give it nods. The assessment get agreement, but the reasoning, not so much.

With me, and with what I have witnessed at Pittsburgh Public Schools, the issues is not with the students nor with the parents. Rather, incompetent administrators own the blame.

Best practices, ha. That is where the push-back comes. Some administrators are fine with an embrace of “worst practices.”

Some care. I care.

Personally, I don't want anyone to say I didn't try. Plus, I'm still trying, still poking, still asking for sanity and best practices at the swim pools.

Double workouts for Sci-Tech swimmers at their own school’s swim pool — January 2016

Historic day.

The students at Pittsburgh Public Schools Sci Tech, a school for students of grades 6 to 12, had the opportunity to swim two workouts in their own school's swim pool -- January 6, 2016. The athletes are part of the swim team at Obama Academy as per the weird co-op.  The varsity swimmers as per the old-ways, had all of their practices only at Obama's pool. 

I worked to change that for a number of valid reasons. 

PPS Sci Tech has a 3 lane, 25-yard pool that has a great legacy since the era of Coaches Gene Picciafoco and Ms. Borza throughout the years when the school operated as Frick Middle School. Frick was many time Pittsburgh Public School Champions.

That team often had 60+ swimmers, grades 6, 7 and 8, and generally would have won the city championships with a point total and metal haul that exceeded all the others combined. The team dominated. It could have split itself into three units and taken first, second and third -- ahead of the rest of the city.