During a meeting at Garfield High School Thursday, it was announced the playoff restriction placed on the Bulldogs football team for the 2011 season has been lifted.
The school asked the KingCo Conference to review self-imposed penalties levied against the program, stemming from the use of ineligible players during a win over Sammamish Sept. 10, 2010.
The other sanctions placed on the program remain in place. Those included the resignation of the head coach Anthony Allen and assistant coach Anthony Kelley.
There is still an ongoing investigation, which could provide more answers than have been given to this point. From the start, there has been more confusion than answers. The other interesting news to come out of last week's meeting was the announcement that the school is expected to name a football coach this week.
Another huge article (with 455 comments already) is the story about UW cutting back on the number of incoming in-state freshman. It is sad on many levels. One issue is that high-achieving students are not getting the best information they should. The story includes an interview with a top student at Chief Sealth who did more academy work than IB work; he was not admitted to UW. I wonder if his counselor warned him about UW becoming very competitive and that he should have done the highest rigor possible.
Soon after the University of Washington's acceptance letters for undergraduate admission went out in the mail last month, the rumors started flying at local high schools.
High-school seniors with top test scores didn't get in.
Students who got into more prestigious schools were wait-listed at the UW.
Valedictorians with straight-A's were denied admission, while out-of-state students with lower grades were accepted.
Turns out all those rumors are true.
There were hundreds fewer spots open to Washington state students than out-of-state residents. It is so desperate that a few Washington parents asked if they could pay out-of-state tuition to allow their student in (the answer is no). A UW spokesperson had this to say:
For Ballinger, who has had to respond to the frustrations of countless families, the challenge has been explaining that if the UW didn't admit more out-of-state and international students, it would have had to cut the number of in-state students even more.
"People think they're taking the place of resident students; they're not," he said. "They're subsidizing resident students ... . I don't think people understand that."
Interesting info here:
Out-of-state students tend to have slightly lower GPAs, but that's because many come from top public and private schools where there's less grade inflation. And their SAT scores are usually higher.
International students often have math SAT scores that outpace all U.S. students — scoring 700 points or more out of 800 — and many get a perfect score.
Do Washington state high schools have a reputation for grade inflation? Notfor the good high schools in Washington state. (UW knows which schools deliver students who are better prepared.)
What about other Washington state schools?
Washington State University boosted the number of in-state freshmen it admitted this year by about 13 percent, expecting to enroll about 400 more freshmen in fall 2011 than it did last year, said John Fraire, vice president of enrollment management.
Western Washington University saw a decrease in the number of students who applied this year, perhaps because the school cut its recruitment efforts as a cost-saving measure. It expects to enroll fewer freshmen as a result.
What can be done?
In Washington, more high-school graduates leave this state for college and other postsecondary study than come here from out-of-state as freshmen, said state Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle.
That net out-migration, as it's termed, is the fifth-highest nationally among the states, and is a concern among policymakers, who fear the state's failure to grow its higher-education system will have long-term economic consequences.
Washington is one of the few states where the Legislature sets tuition, and how high it should go is a matter of debate.
Carlyle is sponsoring a bill, HB 1795, that aims to change the funding equation. It would give the state's four-year schools unlimited tuition-setting authority for four years, encouraging them to set different prices on different degrees.
For example, the UW might charge more for an engineering degree than a history degree because engineering students must take many expensive lab classes and usually earn more when they graduate.
The bill would also raise the level at which a family becomes eligible for financial aid, helping more middle-class families qualify, Carlyle said.