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School Sports in the News
Meryl Ain, Ed.D. argues for fairer sports in schools, including teams available the disabled such as specialized teams and leagues for those students.
"Offering students the chance to participate does not mean the rules of the sport will be changed, or that every student who tries out for a particular team will be accepted," she writes. "But the guidance document notes that schools should create additional opportunities for students with disabilities to play a particular sport if they cannot accommodate them with the offerings they have."
Would You Accept a Mets Player That Was Gay?
Daily Stache blogger Matthew Falkenbury asks one of the tougher questions in professional sports – would players, and the fans, accept an openly gay player on the New York Mets?
"The sexual orientation that they choose or that they are born with, depending on which side of that argument you fall on, should not be any of our concern," Falkenbury writes. "It won’t affect how they perform, train, work at getting better at what they do and it shouldn’t affect their performance on the field, court, ice or diamond."
Parents for Megan's Law Not Qualified to Administer Suffolk County's New Sex Offender Law
Shana Rowan writes in about the recent $2.7 million sex offender management contract to be awarded to Parents for Megan's Law, an organization with little previous management activity.
"To sole-source such an important and costly contract without even considering truly qualified parties - such as the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, who are mental health professionals and sex offender policy researchers - that the vote last night by the Suffolk County Board of Legislators was a political attempt to purchase Laura Ahearn's support for the controversial proposal at great cost to the taxpayer," Rowan writes.