Flashpoint: College athletes and pay, plan for Ben Franklin HS, and living beyond breast cancer

October 13, 2019 - 9:00 am
Representative Melissa Shusterman, John Allgood, and Preston Brown are on the Flashpoint panel, discussing compensation for college athletes.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about compensation for college athletes.

In recent weeks, California passed the Fair Play Act that allows college players to hire agents to secure business deals and sponsorship. Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced a similar bill and other states are following suit.

However, the NCAA has yet to change the rule barring coed players from earning money. There is also major pushback from pundits that say paying athletes change the amateur nature of college sports.  

Pennsylvania Representative Melissa Shusterman of Chester and Montgomery Counties joins John Allgood, academic director of the Executive Masters of Sports Business Program at Temple, and Preston Brown, coach of the Woodrow Wilson High School Football team and former Tulane University football player, for this discussion. 

Representative Melissa Shusterman of Chester and Montgomery Counties;  John Allgood, Academic Director of Temple's Executive Masters of Sports Business Program; and Preston Brown, Woodrow Wilson High School football coach
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The newsmaker of the week is the School District of Philadelphia. This week, town hall meetings got heated over the where to move students from Ben Franklin High School and Science Leadership Academy Charter School. Students have missed 11 days of class after construction delays and asbestos caused the district to close the Ben Franklin school building through the new year. The district has since announced the temporary locations which will house the students so that they can get back to school.  

Superintendent Dr. William Hite discusses the plan moving forward, changes made and the district's effort to regain community trust. 

School District of Philadelphia superintendent Dr. William Hite
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The changemaker of the week is Living Beyond Breast Cancer. The non-profit empowers those impacted by breast cancer by connecting them to trusted information and support. Every Wednesday, during October—Breast Cancer Awareness Month—the organization holds donation-based yoga sessions.

Board member Lu Ann Cahn discusses the effort, as well as the organization's initiatives year round.

Lu Ann Cahn, board member of Living Beyond Breast Cancer
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