Ross Perot

The Texas billionaire and former presidential candidate, who died Tuesday at 89 (obituary on page A7), had a profound impact on high school sports with his then-controversial “No Pass, No Play” initiative. In 1983, Perot was appointed by Texas Gov. Mark White to help improve public education. The result: proposals to reduce class size, teacher merit pay raises and a high school basic-skills graduation test. And, fiercely opposed by coaches in the land of “Friday Night Lights”: If students can’t pass class, they can’t play. “If the people of Texas want Friday night entertainment instead of education, let’s find out about it,” Perot said at one public hearing. The rule survived legal challenges and led to improved student-athlete grades.

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Chuck Schumer

The Senate Democratic Leader says U.S. Women’s World Cup team captain Megan Rapinoe has accepted an invitation for the team to celebrate its championship with a visit to Congress. The New York senator said Tuesday, the day before the team is honored at a ticker-tape parade in New York City, that he looks forward to scheduling a time when “these inspiring women can come to the nation’s capital.” Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others in Congress invited the team to visit after Rapinoe said she’s not interested in celebrating at the White House.

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