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A collection of the most recent education journalism, curated by EWA staff. 

A collection of the most recent education journalism, curated by EWA staff. 

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Harvard Trial Is About More Than Affirmative Action

Samantha remembers her high-school days more as a trial version of college. She seems part amused, part ashamed as she recalls the hours she dedicated to reworking her résumé—or the hours on top of that spent plowing through SAT exercises in the home of her one-on-one college-application coach, even though she had already achieved near-perfect scores on practice tests. On any given weeknight in high school, she says, she was likely up until 3 or 4 a.m., studying in her twin bed, then waking up at 7 to go to school.

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K-12 Education and the Battle for the U.S. Senate

It looks like the U.S. House of Representatives stands a good chance of flipping to Democratic control in the fall, but the Senate is much more likely to stay in Republican hands.

Still, there are nine Senate match-ups currently rated as “Toss-Ups” by the Cook Political Report, which tracks congressional races. Five of those are in seats currently held by Democrats, and four by Republicans. The GOP has a one vote edge in the Senate right now, 51 to 49, but that could tick up after the election if many of the toss-ups go GOP.

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Seattle Property-Tax Levy to Test Voters’ Generosity Toward Education

Supporters of the $600 million-plus city education levy on Seattle’s Nov. 6 ballot have reason to be confident. For the most part.

They have raised nearly $300,000, have no organized opposition and have seen voters approve similar measures four times before. This Election Day’s edition includes programs for people all the way from preschool tots through K-12 students to adults in community college.

But the proponents of Seattle Proposition No. 1 also have some cause to be wary.

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Analysis: In Testy State Superintendent’s Debate, Narratives Come Into Sharp Focus

If Sherri Ybarra and Cindy Wilson had their last big face-to-face showdown Friday night, it showed.

The two state schools superintendent’s candidates took turns going on the offensive during a debate, aired statewide on Idaho Public Television. Ybarra repeatedly touted her experience and tried to paint her opponent as uninformed. Vowing repeatedly to “show up” for kids, Wilson painted the incumbent as out of touch, and accused Ybarra of misrepresenting the record on her school safety plan.


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Both Evers and Walker Are Hitting Education Hard in Their Ads

If you watch the campaign ads for governor in Wisconsin, you see both sides talking past each other much of the time.

Democrats have been talking about roads and health care. Republicans have been talking about taxes and public safety.  

There is only one issue that both sides are hammering away at in their broadcast TV ads, and that is education.

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Louisville School Board Weighs In On High Number Elementary Suspensions

At least two members of the Jefferson County Board of Education say they want the state’s largest school district to discuss limiting or banning suspensions of some of its youngest students after a Courier Journal investigation found suspensions of elementary children had skyrocketed.

Board member Chris Kolb, who has long been critical of the number of suspensions in Jefferson County Public Schools, said he is going to “push really hard” to have a moratorium on elementary and preschool suspensions, with a few exceptions.

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Louisville Elementary School Student Suspensions Are Soaring

The littlest learners in Jefferson County Public Schools were suspended more than 7,600 days last year — the equivalent of 21 years — as the district’s use of its harshest punishment on elementary students skyrocketed.

JCPS is doling out suspensions at a higher rate — in one case, at roughly five times the rate — than its peer districts across the country, a Courier Journal investigation has found. 

Member Stories

Oct. 5 – Oct. 11
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For a growing number of students and teachers, the weekend starts on Thursday, reports Tawnell Hobbs of The Wall Street Journal.

What happens when a school’s student body is constantly changing? Erin Richards dives into the issue of student mobility for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

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How Berea College Makes Tuition Free with its Endowment

Berea College isn’t like most other colleges. It was founded in 1855 by a Presbyterian minister who was an abolitionist. It was the first integrated, co-educational college in the south. And it has not charged students tuition since 1892. Every student on campus works, and its labor program is like work-study on steroids. The work includes everyday tasks such as janitorial services, but older students are often assigned jobs aligned to their academic program, and work on things such as web production or managing volunteer programs.

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High Student Mobility in Milwaukee Stalls Achievement, Despite Well-Planned School Reforms

A sense of unwavering optimism fills Angie Kaper’s classroom at Carver Academy. 

The veteran sixth-grade teacher trains her “honey bunnies” to welcome visitors with a basket of crackers and candy. She coaxes students to try harder at math by insisting her memory is bad and she needs their help. She prods and celebrates and coddles and charms them — and many quickly improve their skills from fall to spring.

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A Special Ed Partnership Makes Texas History

Every school system has students whose disabilities, mental health needs, or behavioral issues are intense or unique enough that they need to attend school in a segregated facility. Often, this is to ensure the student’s safety — and sometimes to safeguard others.

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Federal Officials Withhold Grant Money From Chicago Public Schools, Citing Failure to Protect Students from Sexual Abuse

Federal officials are withholding millions of dollars in grant money from Chicago Public Schools because of its failure to protect students from sexual violence, a rare step that signals intensifying efforts by the U.S. Department of Education to investigate complaints in the district since the Tribune exposed pervasive problems this summer.


Why Suburban Districts Need Public Charter Schools Too – Progressive Policy Institute

On November 8, 2016, while the rest of the world anxiously awaited the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, a subset of voters with a keen interest in education had their eyes on Massachusetts. This was the day Bay Staters would vote on Ballot Question 2, a proposal to raise the state’s cap on public charter schools by up to 12 new schools per year.

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State Schools Chiefs: Who’s Elected, Who’s Not, and Races to Watch This Year

More than half of the nation’s 13 elected state superintendent positions are up for grabs this fall.

But in South Carolina this year, there’s a twist: As voters go to the polls to vote on their new state chief, they’ll also decide whether the general public—or the state’s governor—is best fit to select who should be in charge of improving the state’s schools.

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Rutgers Refuses To Investigate Some Sexual Harassment Claims. Are Students At Risk?

As women around the world have galvanized around the #MeToo movement, a spotlight has been placed on several high-profile fields – including the entertainment industry and politics.

Academia has not received the same level of attention. Only the military has a higher rate of sexual harassment than academia, according to a first-of-its-kind report released earlier this year.

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Sept. 28 – Oct. 4
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With allegations against Brett Kavanaugh dominating headlines, graduates of elite institutions are grappling with their own memories, reports Lindsay Ellis of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

In the first of a four-part special report, Texas Public Radio’s Bekah McNeel examines the challenges first-generation college students face on campuses far from home.


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DeVos To Miss Deadline In Easing College Fraud Protections

 Students defrauded by for-profit colleges will get a reprieve from the Education Department’s push to ease regulations for those schools because the government said it would miss a deadline for releasing an updated rule on loan forgiveness.

The department had been set to issue the new regulation, known as borrower defense, by Nov. 1 so it could take effect at the start of the 2019 school year. The delay means the rule won’t apply until the 2020 school year or later, according to Clare McCann, a higher education expert with New America think tank.

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NYC Has For Months Failed To Pay Special Ed Therapists

This school year, Parker Chen has not received any of the vision therapy he needs to progress in his classwork.

A month after schools reopened, the city education department still has not completed the paperwork needed for Parker’s therapist to resume working with him after the summer break.

The case of Parker Chen is not unique. NY1 News has learned that the education department is months behind paying the therapists who serve many of the school system’s most disabled children — and the backlog of bills is growing.

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How Angry Parents and Teachers Could Expel Scott Walker From Office

Tom Rulseh was baffled by the email from an angry constituent. Why, the woman demanded to know, had the Three Lakes School District allowed Gov. Scott Walker to film a campaign ad in a public school that had nearly been forced to close thanks in part to Walker’s own budget cuts?

The ad, it turned out, featured employees and teachers from the rural Wisconsin district praising Walker’s education policies. “Governor Walker has been very helpful to us with state funding,” claimed one school board member in the ad.

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Ole Miss Moves Swiftly to Address Latest Racial Controversy

The university’s swift response was a striking contrast to recent events in which it was forced to reckon with racial controversy on campus. In 2012, racial epithets against President Barack Obama were chanted at a student protest.

In 2014, a noose was placed around a statue of James Meredith, the university’s first black student, whose enrollment in 1962 led to deadly rioting on campus. There were no immediate attempts in the aftermath of those events to open up talks between students and the administration.

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High Salaries, But High Turnover in D.C. Public Schools, Study Finds

Imagine if each year a company lost about a quarter of its staff, and after five years over half the employees were new. That’s what’s happening with teachers in public schools in D.C., according to a new report commissioned by D.C.’s State Board of Education. This puts D.C.’s rate of teacher attrition far above the national average. And national studies have shown that teacher churn not only costs billions — it also affects student performance.

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Ap: Lawmakers Buy Industry Fix To Protect Schools From Guns

Security companies spent years pushing schools to buy more products — from “ballistic attack-resistant” doors to smoke cannons that spew haze from ceilings to confuse a shooter. But sales were slow, and industry’s campaign to free up taxpayer money for upgrades had stalled.

That changed last February, when a former student shot and killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Publicly, the rampage reignited the U.S. gun-control debate. Privately, it propelled industry efforts to sell school fortification as the answer to the mass killing of American kids.

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What the Tenn. Candidates for Governor Said About Education During Debate

Education was front and center in the debate Tuesday night between Williamson County businessman Bill Lee and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

“It’s critically important that every single Tennessee student, every kid in Tennessee has access to a quality education through their school system,” said Lee, a Republican. He added that Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson supports his campaign.

Lee, 58, praised the Innovation Zone schools in SCS, struggling schools being turned around with new leadership and more autonomy from the district.

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L.A. County DCFS Failed to Protect Gabriel Fernandez

At the los angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, administrators had a well-worn routine they followed anytime a child died, or came close to dying, at the hands of a parent or guardian—something that typically happened at least a couple of times a month.

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Private-School Fund Will Now Help Families Pay for Care

When the Children’s Scholarship Fund opened in Charlotte in 1999 it was a pioneer in the field of school choice, using private donations to help parents of modest means send their kids to private schools.

These days North Carolina is pumping tens of millions of dollars into providing parents more options. Tuition-free charter schools have expanded, especially in the Charlotte area, and the Opportunity Scholarship program has a steadily-growing supply of taxpayer money to provide private-school vouchers.

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Despite Promises, Hiring of Black Faculty at White Colleges Declined

Robert Palmer knows how uncomfortable it can feel to be a black professor at a predominantly white college.

He recalls speaking with a white student he was advising at public Binghamton University in upstate New York, where just 4 percent of tenure-track instructors in 2016 were black, according to federal figures.

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Far From Home: Issues Facing First-Gen College Students

Every year, first-generation students across the country step onto college and university campuses that are different from their hometown in every way. Even for those financially and academically prepared, social and emotional challenges can influence their ability to stay and graduate.

This is the first of a four-part special report, “Far From Home.”

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GOP Candidate Ron DeSantis and Others Want to Put the Constitution ‘Back’ in Florida Schools. It’s Already There.

Dawn Brown cued up a Discovery video about the 1689 English Bill of Rights, and told her seventh-grade civics students to pay close attention to the details.

“This is where the ideas for our Bill of Rights came from,” Brown said, referring to the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

The students at Crews Lake Middle in Pasco County had been studying the documents that undergird America’s governmental philosophy, with plans to get into some of the key principles — due process, separation of powers, natural rights — the following week.

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A Month Before the Election, Pa. Gubernatorial Candidates Continue Trading Barbs Over Education

Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates Tom Wolf and Scott Wagner have continued to trade barbs over education policy.

Wolf has hit Wagner twice in recent weeks, first by connecting the former state senator to lightning-rod U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

DeVos’s cabinet nomination drew fierce opposition, particularly from teachers’ unions, a key Democratic constituency. Soon after the most recent campaign filings, Wolf’s camp seized on the DeVos connection in a press release about “DeVos’s dark money group.”

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Tax Hikes to Fund Schools? Once Taboo, the Idea Is Gaining Momentum

Politicians on the state campaign trail this year are making some eye-popping promises for parents and educators: billions more dollars for schools, double-digit pay raises for teachers, and hundreds of millions more to replace dilapidated schoolhouses.

And in some states, Democrats are going so far as to broach a topic often seen as off-limits in election season: tax increases.

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Hampton Roads Cities Don’t Have Enough Money to Maintain Schools. Could the State Help?

When it rains, water pours through the windows of classrooms at Maury High.

Lenee Wade, an AP English teacher whose classroom is on the second floor, is used to it. She and many other teachers put up decorations to cover the water stains. This classroom, the second she’s taught in at Maury, actually is an improvement over the first, she said.

“There’s a lot of learning that takes place here, even with all this,” Wade said.

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GOP Candidate Blasts Broward Schools Over Raises

Florida Gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis has lambasted the Broward school district for giving large raises to 11 administrators.

He even suggested the managers should pay the money back.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Friday that the district had given raises of between 7 percent and 21 percent to some administrators last year, while providing 2.2 percent raises to most employees. The district said the increases were given to correct pay inequities.

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OPINION: The Promise & Challenge of Student-Centered Learning

In the old days (like 3 years ago) we told computers what to do, now they increasingly figure it out on their own. Artificial intelligence—code that learns—will prove to be humankind’s greatest invention. It will help cure disease, create clean energy, produce cheap safe transportation. It will also displace jobs, concentrate wealth, and create new existential risks. AI will have more influence on the lives and livelihoods of young people than any other factor.

Our #AskAboutAI investigation identified eight key trends shaping the future of work.

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Are Students Suffering Through Bad Teaching and Simplistic Classwork?

America’s public school classrooms are full of students who aren’t being challenged.

That’s the claim of a new report by TNTP, the nonprofit advocacy and consulting group, looking at student work and real-life teaching. Students are “planning their futures on the belief that doing well in school creates opportunities — that showing up, doing the work, and meeting their teachers’ expectations will prepare them for what’s next,” it says. “Unfortunately, it’s a myth.”

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Betsy DeVos an ‘Attractive Boogeyman’ for Political Campaigns

“Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants to decimate funding to our public schools,” warns a Facebook ad from Mikie Sherrill, who is running for an open U.S. House of Representatives seat in New Jersey. Another, from Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who is running for re-election, tells voters, “It’s time to fire Betsy DeVos.”

And in the U.S. Senate race in Nebraska, Democrat Jane Raybould, a Lincoln City councilwoman, attacked Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., in a recent debate for casting the “decisive” vote in favor of DeVos’ confirmation back in 2017.

Member Stories

Sept. 21 – 27
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week

In The New Yorker, Rachel Aviv describes how Georgia’s education system isolates and neglects students with disabilities.

A new focus on suicide prevention in some schools is showing positive results, reports Marlon Walker for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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‘Nothing Short Of Remarkable’: Study Finds Parents’ Chats With Their Toddlers Pay Off 10 Years Later

Attention exhausted parents: The next time your toddler starts making strange noises or babbling about Paw Patrol, try to strike up a conversation — it could make a big difference later, researchers say.  

A study published this week in Pediatrics found that toddlers with parents who spend lots of time listening and chatting with them are more likely to have better language skills and higher IQs a decade later than youngsters left hanging in silence.

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Oregon Education: Where Kate Brown and Knute Buehler Stand

Kate Brown is proud of her record on education during the 3½ years she’s served as Oregon’s governor. Spending is up 22 percent, 1,300 more low-income children have access to free preschool each year, and the graduation rate rose 3 percentage points in two years, a faster rate than in prior years. 

But her Republican challenger, Knute Buehler, sees a legacy of failure. Test scores and college-going rates are mediocre and haven’t improved. Most troubling, he said, the state’s graduation rate remains the third-worst in the nation.

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Abrams, Kemp Draw Contrasts in Plans for Public Schools

In less than six weeks, Georgians will elect a new governor. Both major candidates — Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams — say they’d make public education a priority.

They even agree on a few issues. Both have pledged to fully fund schools through the state’s Quality Basic Education (QBE) formula. They both want to beef up reading programs, reduce testing and pay teachers more.

But they also disagree on plenty.

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K-12 Funding in Spotlight as Bitter Rivals Do Battle for Wis. Governor’s Seat

Last fall, Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker used Southern Door High School’s newly installed 3D printing lab in this small town near Green Bay as a backdrop to propose a $639 million increase in public school funding.

“We know that ensuring our students’ success, both in and outside the classroom, is critical to the state’s continued economic success,” said Walker, now in a fierce campaign for a third term against long-time state schools chief Tony Evers.