“It just felt like day care,” said one student. By Caroline Preston 11/10/2018 05:00 am ET PHILADELPHIA and GREENVILLE, Pa. — Back when he still lived with his family, when school was across the street from his home in West Philadelphia, Johnathan Hamilton used to plow through reading assignments and research religious questions online. He stumbled over fractions — math was always a struggle — but started getting into philosophy as an early teen. Then, at 15, his relationship with his parents grew violent, and Hamilton went to live in a city shelter for foster youth. When a bed became available at a residential facility in suburban Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, run by the nonprofit Devereux Foundation, Hamilton was sent to live there. For roughly nine months, he went to school on the grounds of the facility — and he says it was mostly lost time. Classes were full of kids of different ages. The material he was assigned seemed many grade … [Read more...] about How Schools For Kids In Foster Care Act As ‘Educational Black Holes’
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POLITICS 11/08/2018 02:59 pm ET Lawyers say that due to the Trump's administration's recent crackdown on sponsors, children are languishing in detention for “egregious” amounts of time. By Angelina Chapin On Tuesday night, lawyers filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven immigrant youth and their families who claim the Trump administration is detaining children for an egregious amount of time. Most of the young plaintiffs, who range from ages 11 to 17, have been stuck in children’s shelters or foster care facilities for between four and six months, despite having family members who have applied to be their sponsors. The lawsuit alleges that thousands of children across the U.S. are languishing in detention for months because of a government crackdown on sponsor vetting. Since June, the Trump administration has required every parent and legal guardian who applies to be a sponsor, as well as members of their household, to be fingerprinted, which has … [Read more...] about Immigrant Children Are Being Detained For Months. Their Families Decided To Sue.
You really want to make a college basketball coach reconsider his career choice?Send him on a recruiting mission where both high school teams refuse to play man-to-man defense.“I hate showing up to a game and both teams play zone,” UNO coach Derrin Hansen said. “I’m just like, seriously? We’re gonna sit here for an hour, and both teams are gonna play zone?” The sport’s governing bodies can’t solve all the big problems in youth basketball, but they’re nibbling around the edges.The NBA and USA Basketball recently teamed up and released a set of recommendations for youth basketball boys and girls. For kids 11 and under, they propose smaller basketballs, shorter baskets and equal playing time. Those are pretty obvious.Three other suggestions were bolder:» No zone defenses for kids 11 and under. (Sorry, coaches, it doesn’t apply to high school teams.)» No 3-point line for kids 11 and under.» A 24-second … [Read more...] about Among coaches’ recommendations for youth basketball: No zone, no 3-pointers, yes shot clock
If there’s one thing that really bothers Sarah Jacques, it’s knowing that some people go to bed hungry at night.When the 16-year-old sophomore isn’t at Western Branch High School attending classes or rehearsing for drama productions, she helps with food drives at Point Harbor Community Church on Taylor Road. That concern for others is her platform while competing in pageants; locally, statewide and for an upcoming Classic American Miss 2019 competition.Sarah was crowned Classic American Miss Virginia Teen 2018 in December 2017, according to her mother, Jennifer Bent. There are many different pageant systems, Bent said; Classic American Miss is based in Kentucky.Now Sarah’s eyes are on winning the national pageant, which will be held in Louisville on Sept. 1 and 2. She’s been busy making appearances throughout Hampton Roads and volunteering in her community. Recently, she had the honor of riding in the inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Smithfield … [Read more...] about Classic American Miss Virginia Teen has a “big heart for helping others,” her mom says
0 View Gallery View Comments A local concrete company on Wednesday made a renewed push to garner support for a controversial project, unveiling plans for a "world class bike park" in one part of the foothills while asking for a new mine in another. Transit Mix Concrete said in a news release the park might eventually be built on the Pikeview Quarry property, a massive scar on a rugged patch of northwest Colorado Springs -- but only if the company can get permits from the state and the county to mine part of the Hitch Rack Ranch south of the city. Dozens of area residents and organizations have opposed the company's plans to build the second quarry off of Colorado 115 near Little Turkey Creek Road, citing concerns that the project could threaten the area's water supply and wildlife. Related: Punches thrown ahead of round two over proposed quarry south of Colorado Springs The company, which owns Pikeview, has said that if it's able to build the new mine, it will close the … [Read more...] about ‘World class bike park’ envisioned for Pikeview Quarry site in Colorado Springs