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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. 

Member Stories Sarah Johnson

Sept. 13 – 19
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For Chalkbeat, Dylan Peers McCoy uncovers how Indiana’s lax regulation of home schooling and its method for calculating graduation rates are masking the extent of many schools’ dropout problems.

Arizona residents aren’t advancing to training and education after high school, raising concerns about the consequences for the state’s economy and quality of life, reports Rachel Leingang for The Arizona Republic.

Latest News Sarah Johnson

Economists Find Free Community Colleges Can Backfire

College is expensive, so what’s the best way to help more Americans afford a degree? One team of researchers has a surprising answer. The most cost-effective way to increase the number of Americans who get a four-year degree, they found, is to increase tax-payer spending at all public colleges and eliminate tuition for students from families with incomes under $60,000 a year.

Latest News Lori Crouch

Do Texas Teachers Have The Right To Free Speech? Anti-immigration Tweets Have One Educator’s Fate In Limbo

It was a tweet to the president pleading for him to do “anything you can do to remove the illegals from Fort Worth.”

The high school teacher, who went on to ask for help in “actively investigating and removing the illegals that are in public school system,” now awaits a decision on whether or not she can keep her job.

But the tweets of Georgia Clark pose a larger question for educators as a divisive presidential election nears: When do teachers cross the free-speech line?

In short, it’s a complicated balancing act.

Member Stories Erik Robelen

Sept. 6 – 12
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New texting programs have helped low-income parents and caregivers develop habits at home that help their kids succeed, reports Erin Richards for USA Today.

For The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sarah Brown reports on the pressure that leads to high turnover in Title IX coordinator positions.

EdSurge’s Emily Tate examines a first-of-its-kind apprenticeship program for early childhood educators in Philadelphia.

Latest News Lori Crouch

More Students Are Attending Schools With Children Of Different Races Than Ever Before

The number of children attending U.S. public schools with students of other races has nearly doubled over the past quarter century, a little-noticed surge that reflects the nation’s shifting demographics, a Washington Post analysis has found.

At the same time, children in most big cities and many suburbs remain locked in deeply segregated districts, with black students more likely to be enrolled in segregated districts than Hispanics or whites, The Post found.

Latest News Lori Crouch

Chicago High Schools Going From ‘College Prep’ To ‘Early College’

In Chicago, the proliferation of college classes in high schools is new. Since 2014, the number of students taking classes through City Colleges at their high school has tripled, from 1,055 in 2013-2014 to 3,655 in 2017-2018. And Chicago Public Schools data released last week shows almost 15% of 2019 graduates had earned at least one college credit through a class at their high school, up from about 5% in 2014.

Latest News Allison Kowalski

What College Admissions Offices Really Want

In the fall of 2014, Angel Pérez was hired to oversee enrollment at Trinity College, a small liberal-arts school that occupies a picturesque 100-acre hillside campus overlooking Hartford. Trinity is in many ways a typical private northeastern college. It was founded by a group of Episcopalians in the early 19th century, and its student body has been dominated ever since by white, wealthy graduates of New England prep schools.

Latest News Allison Kowalski

Rethinking the Context of Edtech

Sociologists specialize in context. We like to describe things, and sometimes we like to predict things. We’ve done both in the area of education technology (“edtech”). The British sociologist Neil Selwyn first proposed the idea of a sociology of education and technology, and he has been focusing on this issue for at least twenty years.1 Yet in a more recent book chapter, Selwyn and his colleagues noted that most of the research and writing on education technology is somewhat limited in its scope and in its ambition.2

Latest News Allison Kowalski

17 Questions Every College Should Be Asking – The Atlantic

In this context, the institutions that shape them in their late teens and 20s become all the more important. This should be driving us to ask harder questions of those who would lead our colleges and universities through the digital disruption of society. We should raise big questions about purpose and effectiveness, about technology and place, and about human capital, both inside and outside the school.

Latest News Allison Kowalski

More Than Half of Denver’s Public Schools Are Segregated, 25 Years After Busing Ended

The just-opened Denver Green School Northfield sits in a predominantly white neighborhood, but the kids inside represent just about every shade from ebony to alabaster.

That’s by design. In a district that’s still working to desegregate a half-century after the end of the civil rights era, the school is about one-quarter Hispanic, 22% black and 41% white, with the rest of the students identifying as multiracial or Asian.

Member Stories Erik Robelen

Aug. 30 – Sept. 5
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For The Hechinger Report, Amadou Diallo highlights how one District of Columbia charter school weaves social and emotional learning and character education into the educational experience.

Parents are having second thoughts about the push for tech-heavy classrooms as questions arise on how much it is actually helping students learn, reports Betsy Morris and Tawnell D. Hobbs for The Wall Street Journal.

Latest News Lori Crouch

Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Denies Most Requests

A new report from a government watchdog, first obtained obtained by NPR, says an expanded effort by Congress to forgive the student loans of public servants is remarkably unforgiving.

Congress created the expansion program last year in response to a growing outcry. Thousands of borrowers — nurses, teachers and other public servants — complained that the requirements for the original program were so rigid and poorly communicated that lawmakers needed to step in. But, documents show, even this expansion of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program isn’t working.

Member Stories Erik Robelen

August 23 – 29
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In a multi-part series, reporters at WLRN in South Florida examine the complex story of what’s transpired since the state created the first all-charter school district.

For WHYY, Kevin McCorry and Avi Wolfman-Arent spent the summer at a North Philadelphia rec center, offering a glimpse into the lives of children in the city’s most distressed neighborhoods.

Member Stories Allison Kowalski

Aug 16 – Aug 22
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The 74’s Mark Keierleber examines the surreal journey of Julia Keleher, Puerto Rico’s former education secretary now facing charges in a federal corruption probe.

For the Washington Monthly, Anne Kim raises questions about the growing trend of summer “pre-college” programs at the nation’s most prestigious universities.

Latest News Allison Kowalski

The Pre-College Racket

These posts reflect the growing trend of summer “pre-college” programs at the nation’s most prestigious universities. Stanford, which launched its “pre-collegiate studies” program in 2012, hosts three-week summer sessions for high schoolers with course options on more than fifty different subjects, in addition to the mock trial program Kirstin hoped to attend. Similar programs abound at other elite institutions. In fact, of the top forty schools ranked in U.S.

Member Stories Erik Robelen

Aug 9 – Aug 15
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For APM Reports, Chris Julin examines the challenges facing the country’s growing number of homeless students.

As the LeBron James-affiliated I Promise School enters its second year, leaders look to build on their success while feeling pressure to meet high expectations, reports Jennifer Pignolet of the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com

Latest News Lori Crouch

The Children In The Fields

Under federal law, children of any age can work on farms operated by their parents, and kids as young as 10 can be hired to work on farms not operated by their relatives during short-term harvests. At age 12, kids can begin working nonhazardous farm jobs outside school hours with parental permission. And at 16, they can do any job on a farm regardless of the risks. That’s at least two years younger than other industries.

Latest News Allison Kowalski

Kentucky Teacher Shortage: Are ‘Thousands’ of Jobs Actually Vacant?

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis has in recent weeks drawn attention to a statewide teacher shortage, warning that thousands of instructional vacancies could be putting student learning at risk.

But reports of an immediate crisis are overblown, a Courier Journal review has found.

Latest News DLoewenberg@ewa.org

A New Study Questions Whether Head Start Still Produces Long-Run Gains Seen in Past Research

A raft of research has shown that children see benefits even many years later from attending early childhood programs like the Perry preschool initiative and federally funded Head Start. 

That’s why a new study comes a surprise. When researchers used similar methods as Deming to look at students born later, mostly between 1986 and 1996, they found that Head Start provided no clear long-term benefits. If anything, the program led to somewhat worse outcomes. 

Member Stories Erik Robelen

Aug 2 – Aug 8
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For NJ Advance Media, Kelly Heyboer and Adam Clark reveal how a web of red tape allows some teachers to work for years after they have been accused of serious misconduct.

A school in Georgia is under fire for a policy prohibiting hairstyles popular among black students, reports Marlon A. Walker for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution

Latest News Lori Crouch

Anatomy Of A Failure: How An XQ Super School Flopped

Alec Resnick and Shaunalynn Duffy stood in Somerville City Hall at about 6:30 on March 18, a night they hoped would launch the next chapter of their lives. The two had spent nearly seven years designing a new kind of high school meant to address the needs of students who didn’t thrive in a traditional setting. They’d developed a projects-driven curriculum that would give students nearly unprecedented control over what they would learn, in a small, supportive environment.

Latest News Allison Kowalski

Students ‘Were the Victims’: End of the Transfer Program Highlights Inequality In St. Louis Area Schools

The 2015 Ferguson Commission report called on the state to overhaul the school accreditation system to address racial and income inequity. It said the transfer system “fail(s) to fix the schools that have lost accreditation or to address the core issues that led to losing accreditation” because it sends “motivated students and money away.”

Latest News Allison Kowalski

As White Supremacists Try to Remake History, Scholars Seek to Preserve the Record

In the wake of yet another mass shooting, committed by yet another radicalized young white man, scholars are repeating a call to action that has been issued during the Trump presidency: White supremacists are distorting history. It’s the job of experts, who know better, to push back.

Latest News Lori Crouch

Debate Raging At City Colleges Of Chicago Over ESL Classes

Jose Lorenzo earned his bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University this spring after moving here from Mexico four years ago without speaking much English. Last week, he made his way back to where his education in the United States began: Daley College on Chicago’s far Southwest Side.

He took English classes there when he first moved to Chicago. It was in those English classes where he polished the basics and, in advanced classes, learned how to write five paragraph essays and read books like Charlotte’s Web.

Latest News Lori Crouch

Michigan To Have Two Separate Accountability Systems For Schools

Michigan will have two separate accountability systems for its K-12 schools, which is the result of lame-duck legislation conflicting with federal education law.

Michigan already had an accountability system in place under the Every Student Succeeds Act when state lawmakers in December passed a new state A-F accountability system in the early morning hours of a lame-duck session.

Member Stories DLoewenberg@ewa.org

July 26 – Aug 1
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Amid a national discussion on desegregation, Jefferson County Public Schools may have found a model that balances diversity with equitable school choice, reports Olivia Krauth for Insider Louisville.

With changes to Title IX looming at the federal level, students at the University of Nebraska are pushing for reforms locally, reports Chris Dunker for the Lincoln Journal Star.

Latest News Emily Richmond

Segregation of Latino Students From White Peers Increased Over a Generation, Study Finds

In 1998, the average Latino elementary school student attended a school where 40 percent of her classmates were white. But by 2015, the average young Latino student was attending a school with a student body of only 30 percent white students, demonstrating an increased level of ethnic segregation, according to a new analysis of student data. One factor is the growing share of Latino students among the elementary-school population, the study notes.

Latest News Emily Richmond

500,000 Children Could Lose Free School Meals Under Trump Administration Proposal

More than 500,000 children would lose automatic eligibility for free school meals under a rule proposed last week by the Agriculture Department intended to tighten access to food stamps. The impact on school meals, revealed by Representative Robert C. Scott, Democrat of Virginia and the chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, was not disclosed when the proposed food stamp rule was published last week. Agriculture officials said the new rule would close a loophole that they said allowed people with high incomes and accumulated assets to receive food stamps.

Latest News Allison Kowalski

Parents Are Giving Up Custody of Their Kids to Get Need-Based College Financial Aid

Parents are giving up legal guardianship of their children during their junior or senior year in high school to someone else — a friend, aunt, cousin or grandparent. The guardianship status then allows the students to declare themselves financially independent of their families so they can qualify for federal, state and university aid, a ProPublica Illinois investigation found.

Member Stories DLoewenberg@ewa.org

July 19 – July 25
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Can increasing teachers’ pay solve the problem of teacher shortages? For The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Marlon A. Walker explains why there’s reason to be skeptical.

In The Chronicle of Higher Education, Eric Kelderman and Dan Bauman detail how a series of missteps have led one university to the brink of financial ruin.

Latest News Lori Crouch

How Pittsburgh Students Have Fared Since The Atlanta Cheating Scandal

Over the past decade, the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal devastated Pittsburgh. The community’s schools were at the epicenter, so much so that one will be the focus of a forthcoming Hollywood movie. For a proud South Atlanta community once home to one of the city’s best schools for black children, the memory of teachers marched out of school by police still stings.

Member Stories DLoewenberg@ewa.org

July 12 – July 18
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Long a poster child for America’s prison problems, California’s prison system has developed a promising new educational approach that may serve as a blueprint for other states, reports Wayne D’Orio for The Hechinger Report.

In an investigation for EdSurge, Emily Tate examines a disturbing side of the thriving online English-tutoring market.

Latest News Emily Richmond

Trump Picked the Perfect Education Secretary in Betsy DeVos

For all the years since Jimmy Carter picked Shirley Hufstedler in 1979 to be the first holder of the title, it’s been a tradition for the U.S. education secretary to address the annual gathering of the hundreds of journalists covering their department. Two years ago, Betsy DeVos, who’d recently been confirmed as President Donald Trump’s education secretary, turned down an invitation from the Education Writers Association. The next year she did so again, raising the possibility that she might be the first person with the job to snub the organization altogether in almost 40 years.

Member Stories DLoewenberg@ewa.org

June 28 – July 11
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For The Washington Post, Jessica Contrera chronicles a hate crime at a Maryland high school, and the emotional reckoning that followed. 

Latino children make up nearly half of Boston’s public school students, yet the collective voice of their parents does not loom large in the system, reports Bianca Vázquez Toness for WGBH.

Latest News Lori Crouch

After Biting Report, Providence Looks to Lift Failing School District

Brown tap water. Student brawls. Chronically absent teachers. Test scores that rank among the worst in the country.

The public school district here is full of deplorable conditions, according to a recent scathing report by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy. Now the capital city, proud of its downtown renaissance, restaurants and arts scene, faces a painful reckoning as it is debating what to do with a failing school system that serves 24,000 children, who are mostly poor and Hispanic.

Latest News Allison Kowalski

Study: When ICE and Local Police Cooperate on Immigration Enforcement, Hispanic Student Enrollment Drops

MORE THAN 300,000 Hispanic students have been displaced from K-12 schools in communities where local police have forged partnerships with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to better enforce immigration laws, according to a new study from researchers at Stanford University.

Member Stories DLoewenberg@ewa.org

June 21 – June 27
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For NOLA.com and The Times Picayune, Wilborn Nobles III explores the complex state of school discipline reform in New Orleans where expulsions are down but suspensions are up. 

In project that took him from Oklahoma to England — and supported in part by an EWA Reporting Fellowship –  Ben Felder explores the promise of higher education programs in prisons in a series for The Oklahoman

Latest News Allison Kowalski

‘No Exceptions, No Questions Asked’: Progressives Propose Legislation Canceling All Student-Loan Debt

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ilhan Omar on Monday proposed legislation to cancel all federal and private student-loan debt, carried by about 45 million Americans.

Sanders’s proposal also calls for free tuition and fees at two- and four-year public colleges, and $1.3 billion a year to support students at historically black colleges and universities. Sanders, a Vermont Independent, proposed paying for the plan through taxes on Wall Street transactions in stocks, bonds, and derivatives.

Member Stories Allison Kowalski

June 14 – June 20
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The nation’s seventh-largest school district is embarking on a massive effort to address students’ challenges outside the classroom, reports Jacob Carpenter for the Houston Chronicle.

For The Christian Science Monitor, Stacy Teicher Khadaroo examines a historic vote at Georgetown University and what it reveals about the national dialogue over a call for reparations for slavery.