Lara Spencer Mocks Prince George’s Interest in Ballet on GMA
ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-anchor Lara Spencer apologized Friday after outrage erupted on social media when she mocked and laughed at the inclusion of ballet in 6-year-old Prince George’s upcoming school year curriculum.
During a Thursday “Hot News” segment on the morning show, Spencer listed off what the royal prince would be studying when he goes back to school in the fall.
“In addition to the usual first or second grade things, like math, science and history, the future King of England will be putting down the Play-Doh to take on religious studies, computer programming, poetry and ballet, among other things,” she said.
Her emphasis on the word “ballet” was met with raucous laughter from the studio audience, NBC News reported.
“You couldn’t contain … oh, he looks so happy about the ballet class,” Spencer said laughing, as a picture of Prince George smiling ear-to-ear in while wearing a soccer jersey appeared on screen.
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House hearing Thursday to focus on how parents are exploiting financial aid loophole
Two Illinois House committees will hold a joint hearing today in Chicago on the subject of wealthy parents who put their teenage children into guardianship to qualify for financial aid. It remains to be seen whether any of the attorneys or parents involved in that practice will show up to testify.
But even if they don’t, Rep. LaShawn Ford, a Chicago Democrat who chairs the House committee that deals with funding higher education, said he hopes the hearing itself will deter other parents from trying to exploit the system.
“Bringing awareness to the issue should deter it in a big way,” Ford said Wednesday.
The issue came to light in a story published July 29 by the nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica Illinois.
Reporters had found dozens of cases of parents in Lake County who had petitioned a court to place their children in the custody of guardians — often a family friend or relative — so their children could declare themselves financially independent and thereby qualify for student financial aid, including grants from the state’s Monetary Award Program grants.
Ford said he and other lawmakers had consulted with attorneys who advised them there was nothing illegal about the practice. But he said it raises a number of “moral” issues because the MAP program has limited funding available, and typically as many as 80,000 applicants per year are denied grants because there is not enough funding to go around.
“I think the families may not understand the harm that they’re doing,” Ford said. “I don’t know if they morally knew that they were robbing another student of the opportunity to go to college.”
Ford’s committee will meet jointly with the House Higher Education Committee in a hearing set to begin at 10 a.m. in the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago.
According to an agenda that Ford provided, the hearing will involve four panels representing the University of Illinois, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, other public universities and the Partnership for College Completion.
Ford said the committees had considered issuing subpoenas for representatives from law firms involved in the guardianship arrangements, as well as parents who had taken advantage of the process. But he said that process would have taken considerable time, so the committees instead invited those people to testify. As of Wednesday afternoon, he said, none had said they would attend.
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‘Feeding frenzy’ makes Illinois fair favorites affordable
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Fair will offer daily discounts on fair-food favorites this year with its “feeding frenzy.”
Dozens of food vendors will participate by dropping prices on vinegar fries, cheese curds, lemon shake-up drinks and more from 2 to 5 p.m. each day of the fair.
The state fair runs from Aug. 8-18.
Kevin Gordon is Illinois State Fair manager. He says the fair should be “affordable and accessible to everyone.” He says the promotion should alleviate costs for customers and increase business for vendors.
Fairgoers will be alerted to the day’s feeding frenzy 15 minutes before it starts with the theme from the hit 1970s shark-attack movie “Jaws” playing over the loud speaker.
Face-stuffing time will end 15 minutes after the theme song plays again.