Education: Blowing the Whistle on Johnny

If he can't read, says a Texan, why let him play ball?

The $6.1 million football stadium in Odessa, Texas, rises Mecca-like above the flatlands. It has seating for 19,032 people, parking for 4,756 cars, and boasts a press box and a booth for coaches. The playing field, 18 ft. below ground level, is topped with AstroTurf. This stadium was not designed for the Cowboys or the Oilers. It is for two high school teams: the Permian Panthers and their crosstown rivals, the Odessa Bronchos. The head coach at Permian earns $43,000 a year, a whole lot more than the average Permian...

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