Member Stories

December 18-January 7
Here's what we're reading by EWA members.

Student Refugees in Toronto

“I made a friend,” said a Syrian child, one of the 25,000 refugees entering Canada by the end of February. Toronto Star reporter Louise Brown writes a sensitive story about the education needs of refugee students.

Card Companies in Trouble

Debit card issuers that charged students fees are on the hook for tens of millions of dollars after still more penalties from the Federal Reserve, reports Michael Vasquez of The Miami Herald.

Too Much Discipline?

Punishment awaits young students who aren’t as quiet as a mouse or don’t walk in single file at this Florida school, drawing complaints from parents who say the sanctions are extreme, reports Annie Martin for The Orlando Sentinel.

A New Business Strategy for For-Profits

A new crop of for-profit providers are eschewing the old model of creating standalone colleges and are instead providing online services to traditional schools, writes Goldie Blumenstyk of The Chronicle of Higher Education. These new players are fast becoming the “darling of the venture-capital crowd” and have “attracted billions in financial backing.” Article link

Free Boarding School for Needy Kids

A free public boarding school for emotionally troubled youth is gaining attention for its bold plan to improve the mental and academic wellbeing of its students, reports Erin Einhorn for The Hechinger Report.

When High School Hazing Becomes Rape

A vicious rape allegedly carried out by three high school male athletes has forced a community to re-examine its attitudes on masculinity and hazing, but researchers say school leaders have much to learn from the crime, reports Kendi Anderson of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A High School Diploma Doesn’t Cut It in College

Nearly four in 10 Oklahoma college freshmen are told they need to repeat a high school-level course to continue their postsecondary education, a figure that leads the nation, Nate Robson of Oklahoma Watch reports. This despite the state’s roughly 90 percent high school  graduation rate.

New Parents Seek a New Kind of Pre-K

Lillian Mongeau pens a feature both delightful and probing in its examination of why some millennial parents are sending their kids to preschools where much of the learning happens outdoors.

Small Colleges Struggle to Stay Solvent

In the past decade, roughly five small liberal arts colleges closed each year, underscoring the portentous times for small schools whose academic values may not match what students are willing to pay, reports Amy Scott of Marketplace.

When Acting Up May Cost Too Much

BONUS: Force a disturbance, and pay a galactic sum. A district in North Carolina seeks to charge students the cost of evacuations due to violent acts or threats, reports T. Keung Hui of The News & Observer.

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