Your January 28, 2010 EWA Newsletter
A New Direction for EWA
The EWA Board of Directors has announced it will shift from a traditional membership organization to an open community, embracing a wider net of people concerned about the quality of education information. In addition, EWA seeks a new executive director as current director Lisa Walker prepares to leave after 24 years. You can hear about all the changes happening at EWA by listening to our podcast. Also read what Poynter reported about EWA.
Miles to Go
Join EWA in Washington DC, Feb. 19-20 for our higher ed seminar
exploring the proposed changes to the student loan program and other measures to make college more affordable. Scholarships are available for
reporters. Contact EWA seminars coordinator Raven Hill at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
EWA and the University of California hosted a webinar on StatFinder and you can now view the taped webinar and powerpoint presentation at http://www.ewa.org/site/R?i=nQhH0CNaOwORqE_V76MyuA.. .
EWA Research and Statistics Bootcamp
EWA has selected 20 journalists to attend its sixth annual research
and statistics training program at Arizona State University in
See You in San Francisco!
"Examining the Evidence" is the theme and the Hotel Kabuki in Japantown
is the place for EWA's 63rd annual meeting in San Francisco May 13-15,
2010. The conference will dig into research supporting the US
Department of Education's "Race to the Top," as well as focus on
how colleges take responsibility for student success. http://www.ewa.org/site/R?i=BhKaAwXoGqhbiWmGoA8L3Q..
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Press Release Center
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events or major reports on EWA's website. The cost is $50 to post
items. Just go to our home page and visit the press release center to
get your message out today!
The Public Editor
Don't forget to read the Public Editor's Linda Perlstein's blog, The
Educated Reporter, for her thoughts on what's happening in education.
Tracking Stimulus Spending
If the federal government gave your school (or school district) a lot
of money with few strings to help it through the bad economy, would
you want to know how that money was spent? EdMoney,
a new project of EWA, tracks spending in public schools across the country to help reporters find answers to their questions. Let us know what you've
found by uploading your stories, tips and commenting on the EdMoney
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Former EWA board president Richard Whitmire appeared on "Good
Morning America" to discuss his new book "Why Boys Fail," which
examines the gap between the education of boys and girls.
You can read an excerpt of his book on the "GMA" website
and watch his interview. You can also listen to Whitmire's interview on
KGO News Talk Radio in San Francisco.
EWA public editor Linda Perlstein's The Educated Reporter blog was selected as a top education blog by the Washington Post. Perlstein, a former Post ed reporter, started her blog last October. EWA member Alexander Russo's This Week in Education also made the list.
Don't Miss These Reports:
The National Council on Teacher Quality will release the 2009 State
Teacher Policy Yearbook today. Keep up to date by
visiting NCTQ's website. http://www.ewa.org/site/R?i=ujgwAGu6O4x-VI28KhDgdA..
State of Education Spending
In his State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to pass a bill that would revitalize the nation's community colleges and to make college more affordable by offering a $10,000 tax credit to families. In addition, Obama proposed a debt forgiveness program for people who have been repaying their college student loans for at least 20 years. Earlier this week it was announced that the U.S.Department of Education would get a 6.2 percent increase in its budget. Secretary Arne Duncan tells Politico.com that he is not worried about the president's plan to freeze discretionary spending because education is a central priority to the administration.
Race to the Top
The competition is heating up as 40 states and the District of
Columbia have submitted applications for Race to the Top funds. Many
states, including Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana Michigan,
Missouri, Florida and Ohio, have put their applications online and EWA has posted the live links at its Ed Money website.
More men are enrolling in college and earning a bachelor's degree,
stabilizing a 30-year trend of young women outnumbering males on
campus, according to a report released by the American Council on
Education. However, ACE finds the gender gap among female and male
Hispanic students has not stabilized.
Tweens & Teens Heart Cell Phones
Teens and tweens are spending more time consuming electronic media,
according to a report released by the Kaiser Foundation. The report
finds that teens spend 53 hours a week texting, listening to music,
using social networking sites and playing video games.
Retaining First Year Students
A report released by Jobs for the Future and the Delta Project on Post Secondary Costs Productivity and Accountability examines the effectiveness of first-year
programs on college retention rates.
Flagship Universities Stray from Their Public Mission
The Education Trust finds as more low-income and minority students
turn to college, many top public universities are turning away from
Stemming the Tide
A report released by the USC Rossier School of Education examines the
best practices for increasing the number of Latino students who
receive bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM). "Benchmarking the Success of Latina and
Latino Students in STEM to Achieve National Graduation Goals" is
the first in a series of reports.
A Lesson on High School Dropouts
The Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization, released
"Test, Punish, and Push Out: How Zero Tolerance and High-Stakes
Testing Funnel Youth into the School to Prison Pipeline," a report
that finds zero tolerance and high-stakes testing have turned schools
into hostile and alienating environments for many youth.
EWA seeks a new executive director who will help complete the
strategic planning process, redefine EWA's service mix for those
who write and shape opinion about education, and increase the
fundraising profile of the organization. Send application materials to
Whitney Kent at Lipman Hearne, Inc.; email@example.com.
The Center on Education Policy, a private non profit organization is
seeking a new president/chief executive officer. If interested, send
resume materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit
CommunicationWorks, L.L.C., is seeking a manager of online and
interactive media. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter
to Susan Ruberry by email at email@example.com. For more
information on CommunicationWorks, please visit
Deadlines are approaching for these prestigious programs:
* Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, Spencer
Fellowship for Education Reporting at Columbia University- Jan.
*John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists at
Stanford University, Knight Wallace Fellows at the University of
Michigan - Feb. 1
From the Beat
Philadelphia mayor to focus on increasing college admissions
Susan Snyder and Kristen A. Graham
In the year ahead, Mayor Nutter's administration will open an office
to help more Philadelphia residents to and through college, and seek
from area universities up to 100 new scholarships for city students.
Seeding Success in Charter Schools (editorial)
Tom Toch, Phi Delta Kappan It's hard to overstate the hopefulness the nation brings to the
challenge of educating students living in the debilitating grasp of
urban poverty. To Oprah Winfrey, the SEED School of Washington, D.C.,
a 320-student public charter boarding school for 6th through 12th
graders that sends most of its graduates to college, is "a dream
come true." President Barack Obama called SEED "a true
success story" when he signed public service legislation before
an audience of dignitaries gathered at the campus last spring.
Please send your best stories and member news to Mesha Williams at
Dale Mezzacappa, president, Public School Notebook; Tanya Schevitz,
vp/actives, free lance reporter; Marie Groark, vp/associates, Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation; Stephanie Banchero, secretary, Chicago
Tribune; Richard Whitmire, immediate past president, freelancer;
Kathryn Baron, George Lucas Educational Foundation; John Merrow,
Learning Matters, Inc.; Linda Lenz, Catalyst; Rodney Ferguson, Lipman
Hearne, Inc.; Cornelia Grumman, First Five Years Fund; Elizabeth
Green, Gotham Schools.org; Scott Elliott, Dayton (Ohio) Daily News;
Kent Fischer, GMMB.