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Ohio school district to retire ‘Redskins’ name for sports teams

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An Ohio school district has decided that its high school sports teams should no longer be known as the Redskins.

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The Forest Hills Board of Education voted 4-1 on Thursday to “retire” the name and mascot at Anderson High School. A new name has not been chosen, and officials plan to soon announce a timeline and process for how a new name and mascot will be selected.

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The Redskins logo will be phased out in stages beginning in the 2020-21 school year, officials said. Anderson Township is an eastern Cincinnati suburb.

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Board members had discussed the name change at length during a meeting on Tuesday, with some noting they had resisted efforts to change the name in recent years but now felt it had become too divisive.

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Board member Patty Taylor cast the lone vote against the motion, saying it should be postponed because there has been little public discussion on the matter outside of emails.

Taylor said the decision should go to a public vote and also voiced concerns about the cost of removing imagery from the school.

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Amid the national reckoning with racial injustice, pressure has been mounting on schools to abandon the name called a “dictionary-defined racial slur” by experts and advocates.

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Birmingham school forced to close after 'child tests positive for coronavirus'

A school in Birmingham has been forced to close after a child tested positive for coronavirus, revealed an email sent to staff.

Paganel Primary School, in Selly Oak, closed temporarily on Tuesday following the positive test result of a Year 1 pupil last Thursday, the leaked internal email said.

A staff member is also awaiting test results amid concerns they may have been infected. It is not believed parents have been told of the positive Covid-19 result nor suspected case, reports Birmingham Live.

The school said in the email that it would likely remain closed until the end of this week, while a ‘year one bubble’ will not be allowed back in until July 9 in order to allow pupils to isolate for two weeks.

In the email, Headteacher Mrs Bethan Gingell, wrote: ‘By now you will have all received the group call that the school will be closed until further notice.

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‘This decision has been made following information that a year one child has tested positively for Covid-19 and a staff member has a suspected case of Covid-19.

‘The Chair of Governors and myself have made the decision to close the school to everyone until we have the test result from the staff member. This as the letter states is a precaution to protect us all.

‘As soon as we have the test result I will be in touch. it is highly likely that school will remain closed this week. The year 1 bubble will remain closed until the 9th July.’

In a subsequent email, from the deputy head Vicki Shuter, the school said it was working alongside Public Health England to manage the situation.

Metro.co.uk has contacted the school, Birmingham City Council and Public Health England for comment.

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Parents will be fined! Williamson says children MUST go to school in September

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Councils can impose fines of £60 for non-attendance – which doubles if it is not paid within 21 days. According to government figures, the number of children who have returned to school stood at about 1½ million last week. Mr Williamson told LBC: “It is going to be compulsory for children to return back to school unless there’s a very good reason, or a local spike where there have had to be local lockdowns. We do have to get back into compulsory education as part of that, obviously, fines sit alongside that.

“Unless there is a good reason for the absence then we will be looking at the fact that we would be imposing fines on families if they are not sending their children back.”

But head teachers said fining parents was not the “right approach” at first.

“There will be many frightened and anxious parents out there,” said Geoff Barton, the leader of the ASCL head teachers’ union.

Mr Williamson also indicated that the return to school in the autumn would not rely on social distancing.

“It’s not about 1 metre, it’s not about 2 metres,” he told BBC Breakfast, saying that safety would be based on “reducing the number of transmission points” within schools.

The government’s plans for reopening of schools is due to be published later this week.

Downing Street defended the approach to schools reopening in September.

We want all children back in school for September because that’s the best place for them to learn,” the spokesman said.

In response to the prospect of headteachers refusing to comply with implementing the order, the spokesman said: “As the Education Secretary said it is vital that we get back to compulsory education and it is a long-standing matter of fact that parents can be fined if they fail to send their children to school.”

But Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused the government of being “asleep at the wheel” in terms of planning for children to return and said a dedicated taskforce should have been set up “two to three months ago”.

He told Sky News: “There has been a total lack of planning. From the day the schools were shut down, it was obvious what needed to happen to get them back open again.

“You needed a risk assessment, and you needed to look at the space. I’ve talked to loads of headteachers, and the points they have made to me were obvious and practical and could have been overcome.”

It comes as Boris Johnson promised a multi-year school building programme, to start from September next year.

Some £1billion in fresh money will be put towards 50 projects – some of which will break ground in September 2021.

A further £560m will be made available for school repairs this year.

And £200m will be available for repairs to FE colleges – money which had already been announced in the last Budget.

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Boris Johnson school boost: £1.7BN pledged for rebuilding in major construction boom

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And his cash injection will be the first in a barrage of measures to help Britain “build, build, build” its way out of the downturn caused by the coronavirus lockdown. Mr Johnson said: “All children deserve the best possible start in life – regardless of their background or where they live. As we bounce back from the pandemic, it’s important we lay the foundations for a country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, with our younger generations front and centre of this mission

“This major new investment will make sure our schools and colleges are fit for the future, with better facilities and brand new buildings so that every child gets a world-class education.”

Key spending commitments to be announced today include £560million for urgent repairs to school buildings to be carried out this year.

A further £200million of spending on upgrades to further education colleges announced in the Spring Budget will also be rushed forward to start as soon as possible.

And a further £1billion will be earmarked for 50 major school rebuilding projects to begin in September next year.

Whitehall insiders expect much of the cash to be spent in the North of England and the Midlands, where the Tories made spectacular gains from Labour at last year’s general election.

One Government source said: “These plans are a clear step forward in delivering on the Prime Minister’s agenda to get building and level-up the country.”

Full details of the proposals are to be announced in a Treasury spending review expected this autumn.

Mr Johnson is also set to pledge billions more for investing in building new hospitals and other large-scale infrastructure projects in a keynote policy speech tomorrow.

He will also set up an Infrastructure Delivery Taskforce – dubbed “Project Speed” – headed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to clear out any bureaucratic obstacles threatening to delay the construction surge.

Mr Johnson’s address tomorrow will chart the way forward for the country as it emerges from the coronavirus crisis with the threat of a recession and soaring unemployment looming.

He will say the UK “has a proud heritage in building outstanding infrastructure – from the Victorians pioneering railways, to the Thames Barrier that protects millions of Londoners from flooding”.

In a newspaper interview published yesterday, the Prime Minister promised the Government will invest to ensure the economy rapidly recovers from the lockdown without a return to the austerity of the David Cameron era.

“This has been a huge, huge shock to the country but we’re going to bounce back very well. We want to build our way back to health,” he said.

“If Covid was a lightning flash, we’re about to have the thunderclap of the economic consequences. We’re going to be ready.

“The lesson is to act fast and we’re going to make sure that we have plans to help people whose old jobs are not there anymore to get the opportunities they need. We are absolutely not going back to the austerity of ten years ago.”

The Education rebuilding projects will be designed to make schools “greener” to meet Government targets to cut carbon emissions.

Ministers will be ordered to ensure the construction projects use the latest construction methods to create high-skilled jobs and boost the building industry.

The Association of Colleges, which represents the further education sector, last night welcomed the building pledge

David Hughes, the association’s chief executive, said: “This is a good first step by the Government to support colleges to be central players in the country’s recovery.

“After being excluded from the catch-up funding, colleges needed some good news this week to boost morale.”

Over the weekend, senior Cabinet minister Michael Gove signalled plans for a major overhaul of the Civil Service to better serve towns and cities outside of London and the South East of England.

In a speech to the Ditchley Foundation think tank on Saturday, the Cabinet Office minister suggested many Whitehall officials could be moved out of the capital to put them more in touch with country’s regions.

“Westminster and Whitehall can become a looking-glass world. Government departments recruit in their own image, are influenced by the think tanks and lobbyists who breathe the same London air and are socially rooted in assumptions which are inescapably metropolitan,” Mr Gove said.

“We can, literally, reduce the distance between Government and people by relocating Government decision-making centres to different parts of our United Kingdom.

“And in doing so we should be striving to reflect the full diversity of our United Kingdom.”

He added: “We need to be more ambitious for Newcastle, for Teesside and Teesdale, for North Wales, for the North-East of Scotland, for East Lancashire, for West Bromwich.”

Paul Whiteman, the general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “We welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement that the future generation will benefit from investment to rebuild the dilapidated school estate.

“The funding increase promised to schools at the last general election, the £1billion catch-up fund announced last week, and the additional capital spending announced today now show that after a decade of under investment, the government is beginning to acknowledge that state education needs proper funding.

“Whilst we await the precise detail that will follow in the next spending review one thing is for sure – education must never be allowed to fall into such a perilous state again.”

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Noah Donohoe: School principal pays tribute to teenager after police find body

A missing teenager from Belfast believed to have been found dead in a storm drain has been described as a “natural leader” with a “caring nature” by the principal of his school.

Paul McBride, of Saint Malachy’s College, said the school was “deeply saddened” by the death of Noah Donohoe, whose body is thought to have been discovered by police on Saturday.

The 14-year-old, who had not been seen since Sunday 21 June, had a “caring nature, calm demeanour and big smile”, Mr McBride said in a statement on the Belfast school’s website.

“The whole college family mourns the tragic loss of our young Malachian, Noah Donohoe,” he said.

“Noah embraced fully all aspects of school life.

“He was an active and prominent member of the Music Department, and as a talented young cellist, Noah was able to enhance the lives of his fellow performers and also many an audience.

“He was a natural leader who led by example.

“His caring nature, calm demeanour and big smile were some of his great gifts that helped others do their best.

“He was also a keen basketball and rugby player both in and out of school.”

Mr McBride continued: “He has been described as the perfect gentleman who was also able to show a genuine competitive spirit on the court.

“One of his teachers and coach said that Noah had a heart of a lion being able to express himself on the pitch, shouting, laughing and having fun with his friends whilst in class he was normally measured and modest.”

Police have not yet formally identified the body found in the North Belfast area at just before 9.45am on Saturday, however officers believe it is Noah.

Superintendent Muir Clark said there is no evidence to suggest foul play, and appealed to the public to refrain from posting rumours about the teenager online.

“It is disappointing that I again need to call on people circulating a number of rumours about Noah’s disappearance, which are completely without foundation,” he said.

“This type of commentary and rumour is distressing for Noah’s family and is extremely unhelpful.”

Police found the body after discovering a bag containing the boy’s laptop on Friday, which is being examined by specialist officers.

The search for Noah had gone on all week, and police believe he may have fallen from his bicycle and hurt his head.

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Top 20 Colorado high school sports venues

20. Pepsi Center

19. Gates Tennis Center

18. Stutler Bowl

17. Trinidad’s Central Park

16. Thornton Fieldhouse

15. Howelsen Ice Arena

14. Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center

13. Tom McCollum Field

12. Lakewood Memorial Field

11. Recht Field

10. Runyon Fields Pueblo

9. The Pit in Yuma

8. The Denver Coliseum

7. All-City Field

6. Aurora Sports Park

5. Double Angel Ballpark

4. Sam Suplizio / Stocker Stadium

3. Thunderdome at Manual

2. Jeffco Stadium

1. Dutch Clark Stadium

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