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College Football Championship

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Grey and Scarlet versus Yellow and Green. Midwest versus West Coast. Buckeyes versus Ducks.

Diehard fans of Ohio State and Oregon converged on North Texas for the College Football Championship game at AT&T stadium.

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Backers boast that tonight’s College Football Championship game in Arlington will bring in as much as half a billion dollars to North Texas. We heard similar numbers about last April’s Final Four. And four years ago, the impact of the Super Bowl was estimated as high as $611 million. But are those sky-high estimates grounded in reality?

About 1,000 educators will descend on Dallas this weekend to attend the Extra Yard for Teachers summit.  The event is organized by the College Football Playoff Foundation as a way to boost education in advance of Monday night’s championship game. For this week’s Friday Conversation, Google education evangelist Jaime Casap sat down with KERA’s Stella Chavez to talk about his role in the summit and in classrooms.

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The College Football Championship in Arlington next week will also include a bit of philanthropy. The group started a program called Extra Yard for Teachers, to boost education in the cities where the playoffs are hosted. Two teachers from Dallas will have a big role.