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Ed Story Updates: The Science of Sportsmanship, Texas District Gets Helping Hands

A scoring error won’t keep a Las Vegas high school Science Olympiad team from representing Nevada at the national tournament next month in Florida, dashing the hopes of a rival team claiming to be the rightful champions.

Clark High School was told it had won the statewide competition. But 10 days later a scoring error was uncovered that would have given Centennial High School the win. Centennial’s coach asked Clark to step aside, but the coach refused.

Officials from the National Science Olympiad have since announced that Clark will get the berth at the tournament, the Las Vegas Sun reported. The national organization’s policy is that all results are considered final – even if errors are later discovered — 24 hours after a winner is named.

The situation yielded some thoughtful discussion on ethical lessons that might be drawn from the experience. But there were also some heated exchanges among both school’s feuding supporters on social media sites that only inflamed the dispute.

impressively measured and pragmatic view of the the national organization’s  decision to tap Clark for the tournament.

“It’s sad we’re not going to go,” Berkowitz told the Sun. “But everyone keeps telling us this is a good life lesson. Things happen, and you’re not always going to get what you want in life, even if you deserve it.”

The New York Timestook a trip to rural  Premont, Texas and found — as the Associated Press’ Chris Sherman did a few months back — a struggling school district fighting to stave off a threatened state takeover and possible closure.

But the Times’ story also had some hopeful notes that are worth sharing: Neighboring districts are chipping in funds to restore Premont’s science labs, and corporations have also donated cash to support programs and services. The district has also been given an extension on repaying a $400,000 line of credit.

It’s become something of a truism that teachers don’t do the job for the paycheck. But it was still nice to read a story about the “Three Amigos” who stepped forward to claim their share of the record-busting Mega Millions lottery. All three of the winners work in local schools. Two of them are classroom teachers who plan to stay on the job, saying “I can’t give up my kids.”


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