Member Stories

February 18-25
Highlighting some of our favorite stories of the week by EWA members

Linda Conner Lambeck and Silvia Foster-Frau of the Connecticut Post collect reactions to reports of a “ghetto-themed” party by Fairfield University students in off-campus housing. Students reportedly wore costumes to the party, which administrators have said “perpetuated racial stereotypes.”

 

Eva-Marie Ayala of the Dallas Morning News writes about a new University of Texas report that reveals two-thirds of community college students need at least one remedial class. 

 

Jessica Huseman and Laura Moser of Slate debunk Donald Trump’s recent claims that he could abolish the Common Core if he is elected president. “Common Core has almost nothing to do with the office of the chief executive or those faceless ‘bureaucrats in Washington,’” they write.

 

Ben Wermund of the Houston Chronicle reports that professors at the University of Houston are weighing the impact of a new Texas law that allows licensed individuals to carry concealed handguns on campus. Should they avoid class discussions on sensitive topics that could spark anger? 

 

Charles Lussier of The Advocate goes inside a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, charter school, where middle schoolers are required to take a course in computer coding. 

 

Kim Kilbride of the South Bend Tribune describes an elementary school classroom, where students are free to move about and ”work on what they want, where they want, when they want — as long as they stay on task.” This type of informal setting has led to higher engagement among the students, as well as fewer discipline problems, she reports.

 

Jackie Zubrzycki of Education Week writes about a lawsuit in Charles County, Virginia, in which a father claims a high school’s lesson on Islam violated his daughter’s constitutional rights. She writes, “The incident is the latest in a series of high-profile incidents involving teaching about Islam in public schools.” 

 

Sarah Brown of The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the University of Tennessee at Knoxville — and other state schools — could lose funding for diversity initiatives as the Tennessee House of Representatives prepares to investigate how colleges spend funds earmarked for diversity. 

 

Timothy Chipp of the Abilene Reporter News writes that parents are protesting changes to the Abilene Independent School District calendar that would add 30 extra minutes to the school day. 

 

Shannon Gilchrist of The Columbus Dispatch examines how high schools in central Ohio calculate student GPAs. They don’t all do it the same way, she finds, which could potentially impact students when they apply for college.

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