Metea (9-7): Ethan Helwig 35 points; first player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.,Aurora’s Meija Rabi (women’s basketball) was chosen NACC Player of the Week.

He wants them to get paid more and be treated better.But Merwinn, whose big brown eyes peek out from behind an overgrown bowl haircut, is concerned about what will happen to him and his mother if about 31,000 United Teachers Los Angeles union members go on strike.Across the vast Los Angeles Unified School District, which encompasses some 900 schools and 500,000 students, families are beginning to consider all the ways that a teacher walkout would affect their daily lives.,Teachers serve not only as educators but as guidance counselors, mentors and confidants for students going through a crisis or learning to break out of their shells.With extra-curricular activities at school canceled Monday, Merwinn Rojas, 11, sits idle at home, in Los Angeles.The growing likelihood of a strike has parents like Merwinns mother, Angelica Valdovinos, 33, worrying whether their kids could regress academically and socially, and whether theyd be safe at school without the adults theyve learned to respect and depend upon.Apart from robotics, Merwinn gets after-school tutoring and takes Saturday morning classes through a college-prep program at USC, just a few blocks east of Foshay.,The district is preparing to bring in highly paid substitutes, move students into large spaces such as auditoriums, where they can be more efficiently supervised, and ease background checks for parent volunteers.District officials have said all schools would remain open during a strike and that students would be fed and able to attend some after-school programs, though not all extracurricular activities and sports would continue.,Because she gets home from work at 5 a.m., that would mean sleeping just a couple of hours before waking up Merwinn in time for the 7:50 a.m. start.My son is my priority, she said.Jasper Anderson, 15, at baseball practice at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 8, 2019.,They should unite and go as allies to push the county so the county will push the governor to send funds to Los Angeles.At nearby Crenshaw High School, Isreal Lee picked up her son Jasper Anderson after heavy rains forced his coach to cancel what could be one of his teams final baseball practices before the strike.

Larry Langford, who scratched his way out of the poverty and violence of a Birmingham housing project to become a charismatic politician who won the highest elective offices in Birmingham and Jefferson County only to lose it all when convicted of public corruption, is dead.,In October of 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrongdoing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.,Yet, that self-declaration of honesty beaten into Langford as a boy flies in the face of the description of the man that a federal jury found accepted almost a quarter of a million dollars in cash and luxury items in exchange for using his office to guide millions of dollars in Jefferson County bond business to old friends.,Larry Langford found guilty on all 60 counts The irony of Langford’s life is, that for a man who reached the heights of politics in Alabama’s largest city and county, his fall fulfilled his greatest fear as a kid growing up in the projects.,In October 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrong doing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.

COLUMBUS (AP) — How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school girls basketball teams in the Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Akr.,Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Granville 42.,Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Worthington Christian 36.,Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, New Bremen 36.,Quakers losing their grip in the Eastern Buckeye Conference SALEM — The second half of the Eastern Buckeye Conference season didn’t go exactly how the Salem Quakers boys ... From Staff Reports WHEELING, W.Va. read more

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Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, claims that most believe external rewards like money are what motivate people, but his research found that this is an outdated notion.,He concluded that true motivation for the more complex thinking that most jobs now require is driven by three elements: autonomy, mastery and purpose.,He recommended reinforcing the importance of the process rather than the product for students and teachers and warned that data-driven, evidence-based practices in the realm of motivation are unlikely to work.,Extrinsic motivation can undermine intrinsic motivation because extrinsic motivators like incentives, can crumble intrinsic motivators such as the joy of learning.,Pink recommends that teachers focus on creating the conditions where self-directed students can flip on their own switch to learning.

Waterford — Frank and Sheila Beneski are the first family of high school basketball in Connecticut, the husband-wife duo who sees hundreds of games every season and whose presence fortified the big-game feel last weekend at the Francis X. Sweeney Fieldhouse.,As in: There are an appreciable number of kids throughout the state that decided to forgo the remainder of high school careers to attend a prep school somewhere.,Sad that those kids and their families can't experience what the folks inside the "X" did Saturday: high school sports the way they were intended to be played and portrayed.,I get that kids attend prep school — and forgo high school — for reasons beyond sports.,And the idea that it dupes parents and robs kids of the high school sports experience?

Waterford — Frank and Sheila Beneski are the first family of high school basketball in Connecticut, the husband-wife duo who sees hundreds of games every season and whose presence fortified the big-game feel last weekend at the Francis X. Sweeney Fieldhouse.,As in: There are an appreciable number of kids throughout the state that decided to forgo the remainder of high school careers to attend a prep school somewhere.,Sad that those kids and their families can't experience what the folks inside the "X" did Saturday: high school sports the way they were intended to be played and portrayed.,I get that kids attend prep school — and forgo high school — for reasons beyond sports.,And the idea that it dupes parents and robs kids of the high school sports experience?

With more than 30,000 teachers union members ready to strike Thursday, the Los Angeles Unified School District is preparing to bring in highly paid substitutes, supervise students in large spaces such as auditoriums and ease background checks for parent volunteers, according to records obtained by The Times.The school system probably will also use online instruction in an effort to continue to provide education.United Teachers Los Angeles, which has scheduled the strike, also represents substitute teachers.,Contracts were signed with at least five agencies.A spokeswoman said this month the district would bring in about 400 substitutes if there was a strike, and that about 2,000 district employees who have teaching credentials but are not in the teachers union have been assigned to work in specific schools or areas.We have a duty to provide an education to our students, and we will take appropriate measures to do so, a district spokeswoman said in a statement.The union has said it will fight the district on outside hiring for temporary positions and is exploring all options to consider legal action to protect the work of UTLA substitutes, according to a statement last month.The districts current plans would put schools at about 8% of regular staffing by teachers union members.But the October contracts with agencies, including the Charter Substitute Teacher Network and Maxim Healthcare Services Inc., allow for more than 4,400 substitutes to be brought in.,But with the regular teachers gone and substitute staffing thin, its hard to know what that instruction will look like.According to the strike planning documents obtained by The Times, each school principal was asked to fill out a Pre-Work Stoppage Worksheet listing the number of large spaces on campus, such as gyms, auditoriums, multipurpose rooms and cafeterias, and how many students each of these spaces would hold.A work stoppage worksheet for Colfax Elementary School from September 2018.,But workers in some of the five other employee unions in L.A. Unified may choose not to cross the picket line.The unions have different stances on the issue.SEIU Local 99, which represents close to 30,000 service employees including teacher assistants, bus drivers, food service workers, gardeners and custodians, has warned members that their jobs may be at risk if they choose to strike, but is asking members at schools to let the union know if at least 80% on a given campus plan to join a sympathy strike.We are still assessing how many school sites will participate in sympathy strikes, SEIU 99 spokeswoman Blanca Gallegos said in an email Thursday.,We are using the 80% threshold as a way to ensure that workers are protected through strength in numbers.The California School Employees Assn. represents about 4,000 clerical, technical and business service employees in the district and is asking its members to inform their supervisors if they plan to strike, said Local 500 president Letetsia Fox.We are allowing our members to make that decision, Fox said.Fox, a senior finance manager at Dorsey High School, said she will not cross the picket line.I stand in solidarity with my brothers and sisters of UTLA in their quest to receive more resources for their students, she said.The only non-teaching members of employee unions certain not to participate in a sympathy strike are school police, who are legally barred from doing so.

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