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Fighting ‘Fake News’ in the Classroom

During and after the 2016 presidential campaign, questions arose about whether shortcomings in civics instruction had exacerbated polarization in the electorate and influenced the election’s outcome. The questions on civics education were soon accompanied by a related one: What if schools are contributing to a breakdown in democracy by failing to ensure kids are media literate?

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Is the Solar Eclipse Too Risky For Students?

When a total solar eclipse passes over the United States on Monday, the best viewing will be in a handful of states stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. But some school districts are planning to keep students indoors, citing concerns over the potential health risks of viewing the historic event for themselves.

EWA Radio

On the Menu: Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts and School Nutrition
EWA Radio: Episode 135

Tovin Lapan of The Hechinger Report visited Greenville, Miss., to examine how President Trump’s proposed budget cuts could impact rural school communities that depend heavily on federal aid for after-school and student nutrition programs. What does research show about the connections between connecting students’ eating habits and test scores?


Fall 2017 Calendar of Events
Upcoming Seminars

A new school year also means upcoming EWA seminars!

EWA gathers experts who provide diverse perspectives and research to help you cover education. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with other reporters from national and local outlets.

We provide travel and registration scholarships for qualified journalists. These scholarships can cover most, if not all, of your travel expenses.


"Interviewing DREAMers" panel at EWA's 2016 National Seminar in Boston
Blog: Latino Ed Beat

More Efforts Proposed in Congress to Help Undocumented Youth

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — or DACA — continues to make headlines, with several bills introduced in Congress this month aimed at protecting undocumented young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and providing them with a path to citizenship.

DACA provides recipients access to higher education, putting educators on the front lines of the debate over undocumented youth. Many colleges and universities have created special websites or designated personnel to help DACA students navigate college and feel safe on campus.

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A Reality Check on Secretary DeVos’ School Choice Agenda

The Trump administration has big ambitions to ramp up school choice — both public and private — but those desires have quickly bumped up against political reality. Will the president and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos deliver? It remains to be seen, though speakers on a recent EWA panel expressed some skepticism.

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Parent Activists Flex Their Muscles in Education Policy Debates

From room mom to PTA president, parents have long played an important and active part in their children’s schools. But increasingly, parents are taking on a new, potentially powerful, role — activist.

In many states, parent groups have become a political force to be reckoned with — swarming  city halls and state capitols and flooding the phone lines of elected officials to voice their opinions on issues such as the Common Core State Standards, standardized testing, and school choice.

Five Things to Know About Medicaid and Schools
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Five Things to Know About Medicaid and Schools

Despite all of the legislative stops and starts, the Republican-led effort in Congress to overhaul the nation’s health-care system continues.

While it is impossible to predict what shape a “final” health-care bill could ultimately take, nearly every proposal has included a major restructuring of Medicaid — a program that public schools across the country rely on to help provide special education and health services.


Periodismo de la educación de los latinos en la era de Trump
Cuarta Conferencia Anual de la EWA para los miembros de la prensa y los medios de comunicación en español

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10-11 de septiembre | Anaheim, Calif.

Aquí está ​agenda. 

La elección de Donald Trump ha resultado en una avalancha de cambios en el panorama político, y esto tiene grandes implicaciones para la educación de los niños y jóvenes hispanos. ¿Cuáles son los temas y acontecimientos clave que los miembros de la prensa en español en EEUU deben entender y vigilar mientras ayudan a su lectores a entender esta nueva era?

La Education Writers Association te invita a acompañarlos el 10 y 11 de septiembre en Anaheim, California para que asistas a dos días de conferencias hechas a la medida para los miembros de la prensa y los medios de comunicación en español. Tendremos presentaciones de investigadores, expertos en políticas y educadores — y también de compañeros periodistas — y habrá suficiente oportunidad para hacer preguntas.

Los participantes partirán con un entendimiento más profundo de los críticos problemas de la educación y un caudal de ideas para reportajes futuros en sus comunidades.

La EWA tiene becas disponibles para cubrir los gastos de avión u otros tipos de transporte, hotel para una o dos noches, y la inscripción. El evento comenzará inmediatamente después de la conferencia Excellence in Journalism 2017 del 6 al 9 de septiembre auspiciada por la National Association of Hispanic Journalists, la Society of Professional Journalists y la Radio & Television News Directors Association.

Marca tu calendario y solicita una beca hoy. La fecha límite es el 23 de agosto.


EWA Radio

Betsy DeVos: Many Questions, Few Answers
EWA Radio: Episode 133

Lisa Miller, an associate editor at New York magazine, discusses her new profile of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Miller discusses the unwillingness of people close to DeVos to discuss her on the record — including current Department of Education employees  — made this one of the most challenging profiles she’s ever written. What do we know about DeVos’ vision for the nation’s public schools that we didn’t know six months ago?

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Rethinking High School: What Do Students Need?

Students at the MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland don’t sit through lectures all day. They learn through projects, like designing and building above-ground gardens, calculating the powers of a comic book superhero or constructing a recording studio to record a song.

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Trump and DeVos Love School Choice. But Are Vouchers the Way To Go?

Education reporters can expect to hear a lot more about school choice over the next four to eight years. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is a longtime choice advocate and has pledged that the Trump administration will do more to advance this cause than any other presidency.

While specifics are still in short supply on how the Trump administration’s zeal for school choice will translate into new or expanded federal programs, it’s a topic that will be hotly debated at the national, state and local levels.

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Finding — and Keeping — Teachers of Color

The nation’s public schools are serving increasingly diverse populations of students, yet the teachers in those schools are mostly white.

“It is absolutely right — we do not have parity,” said Richard Ingersoll, a professor of education and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, during the Education Writers Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

He and other experts gathered for the EWA panel last month talked about a problem many school districts struggle with: How to recruit and retain teachers of color.

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What Keeps Public School Parents Awake at Night?

When it comes to their children’s education, what are parents’ biggest concerns? Paying for college is No. 1. After that, they worry about their children’s happiness and safety at school.

But academics? Not so much. Parents do care, but as long as their children are perceived to be happy and succeeding — especially if that’s what teachers are telling them – they figure everything is fine in that area.


Race, Ethnicity Seen as Top Priorities for Education Beat Diversity
EWA Members Share Views on Inclusion, Cultural Competencies

In an effort to deepen its understanding of diversity and inclusion issues, the Education Writers Association recently fielded a survey asking journalist members to share their views and experiences. A total of 170 EWA members responded to the survey, although not every respondent answered every question. The findings provide insights into current perceptions and priorities among education reporters, as well as early data to inform discussions by the EWA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.