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September 17th, 2021 - 11:24 pm § in Schools & Colleges

Update: WSU’s coach problem

Back on August 19, I noted here that Nick Rolovich (photo left, bio here), head football coach at Washington State University, double-talked to reporters when they asked about his vaccination status. He said he’d “follow the governor’s mandate,” but didn’t say he’[...]

September 9th, 2021 - 12:41 pm § in Health, Politics, Schools & Colleges

What jerk sues to make masked kids sit next to unmasked kids?

The governor of Florida, that’s who. His name is Ron DeSantis, he’s a Republican, and he wants to be president. A lot of Republicans support him. DeSantis, as you may know, issued an executive order banning mask mandates in Florida. At first, a couple of school districts defied that orde[...]

September 4th, 2021 - 12:21 pm § in America, Donald Trump, Politics, Schools & Colleges

Toddler tantrums

“The toxic acrimony of national politics is seeping down to the local level — and the consequences look ever more ominous.” This is Niall Stanage (bio here), an Irish journalist looking at America from the outside in, writing for The Hill where he’s an associate editor. Read the [...]

September 4th, 2021 - 11:49 am § in Health, Law and Courts, Schools & Colleges

Parent called cops over school’s mask rule

Like it or not, New York Gov. Hochul has ordered all teachers, staff, and students to wear masks in classrooms. If you don’t like it, you can challenge her mask order in court, and try to persuade a judge that she (1) exceeded her authority, (2) didn’t follow proper procedures, and/or (3[...]

September 3rd, 2021 - 12:55 pm § in Health, Schools & Colleges

CDC data: Kids at much higher risk in low-vax states

Kids in low-vaccination states are much more likely to get Covid-19. That’s a no-brainer. The CDC, based on its latest compilation of data, reports that kids are 3.4 times as likely to visit an ER, and 3.7 times as likely to be hospitalized, in those states (read story here). Coinciding with t[...]

September 2nd, 2021 - 11:59 am § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

Conservatives turn school board meetings into riots

Loudoun County, Virginia, is getting quite a reputation for unruly parents (photo below). But the rightwing-fueled assault on education and safe classrooms is nationwide. Don’t even try to have a rational discussion with these folks; that’s futile. Meanwhile, “critical race theory&[...]

August 19th, 2021 - 6:47 pm § in Health, Schools & Colleges

Anti-vaxxer WSU football coach says he’ll “follow governor’s mandate”

Whatever that means. He double-talked reporters about whether he’ll get the shots, story here. To see how Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Dave Horsey previously savaged him, click here. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

August 11th, 2021 - 6:25 pm § in Health, Schools & Colleges

Choose Covid-19 advice carefully, and pray school officials do the same

It’s a good idea to choose medical advice as carefully as you would buy a car. This is ought to go without saying. But don’t underestimate the power of human nature; people listen to what they want to hear, and shut out what they don’t want to hear. Dan Stock, M.D. (photo, left), s[...]

July 30th, 2021 - 12:39 pm § in Health, Politics, Schools & Colleges

“Governor Death” allows parents to defy school mask rules

Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded his war against public health by declaring “he will sign an executive order to ‘protect the rights of parents’ and allow them to choose whether their children should wear masks even if their school requires them to do so,” The Hill reported on Frid[...]

July 19th, 2021 - 5:32 pm § in Health, Law and Courts, Schools & Colleges

Federal judge refuses to block college’s vaccine policy

A federal judge rejected a lawsuit by students objecting to Indiana University’s fall semester vaccine requirement, AOL News reported on Monday, July 19, 2021 (read story here). The school offers exemptions, but requires exempted individuals to “follow separate COVID-19 mitigation strate[...]