Member Stories

January 21-28
Featuring some of this week's best stories by EWA members

Too Little, Too Late

Jenny Brundin of Colorado Public Radio discusses a series of reports that found far more could have been done to prevent the killing of two students in a 2013 shooting at Arapahoe High School. 

 

New Boss in Town

Howard Blume of the Los Angeles Times takes a closer look at Michelle King, the new superintendent of the “huge and troubled” Los Angeles Unified School District, and explores whether she’s really the best person for the job.

 

A Prom to Remember

Songa Isger of The Palm Beach Post writes that two seniors from Florida’s rural Pahokee High School are heading to the Sundance Film Festival, where a 12-minute documentary about the town’s prom has made it into the competition. 

 

We’re Hiring: Experience Not Required

Lynn Arditi of the Providence Journal writes that the Community College of Rhode Island’s newest vice president has no experience in higher education. While at least five years in college administration was previously a prerequisite for the position, it was removed from the requirements in the jobs posting based on “new priorities.”   

 

Reporter Digs Deep

Justin Murphy of the Democrat and Chronicle reports that a months-long investigation into the Rochester, N.Y.-based Education Success Network highlighted the lack of oversight and the difficulty in tracking charter school spending. 

 

‘Families in Limbo’

Ian Whitaker of the Las Vegas Sun reports that more than 4,000 families who applied for Nevada’s new education savings account program are waiting on the results of a legal battle to know whether their children will have a state-funded alternative to struggling public schools. 

 

UT Houston – Coming Soon?

Ben Wermund of the Houston Chronicle writes that The University of Texas has its work cut out to convince locals it wants to “play nice” with Houston University as it eyes 300 acres of land in the city. 

 

Will it Pay Off? 

Molly Bloom of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution takes a closer look at a superintendent’s gamble to fix a dysfunctional high school by merging it with one of the city’s best.

 

A ‘Coveted Job’

Miriam Hall of the Teacher Project writes for Slate that a $9 hourly wage for a teaching assistant position in an impoverished Mississippi community is an enviable situation in a place that offers few economic opportunities, especially for mothers of color.

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