Member Stories

April 21-28
What we're reading by EWA members this week

Eva-Marie Ayala and Tawnell Hobbs of The Dallas Morning News write about a slew of problems on this year’s State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness – from a test question with no answer to a delivery to a church instead of a school. Now, a group of nearly 50 superintendents are questioning whether the results can be trusted.

 

T. Keung Hui of The News & Observer reports that the largest school district in North Carolina may ditch the traditional “valedictorian” and “salutatorian” titles in favor of acknowledging all graduates whose grades merit the cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude statuses traditionally used at the college level. 

 

Kimberly Hefling of Politico dives into how Milton Friedman has inspired Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s conservative education policy.

 

Melissa Sanchez of Catalyst Chicago reports that “a deep and seemingly intractable financial crisis, an unprecedented wave of public backlash against privately run charters and the district’s own slowdown of charter expansion” have made the Walton Family Foundation decide to stop funding charter schools in the city.

 

Benjamin Wermund of the Houston Chronicle interviews the retiring president of Texas Southern University as he looks back on what some have considered a “divisive” legacy. 

 

Natalie Pate of the Statesman Journal takes a look at the effects homelessness can have on children’s education in her story, “What Happens If There’s No Home for Homework.” 

 

Eli Francovich of The Spokesman-Review gives readers insight into Project Hope, a youth development program that gets students to turn abandoned or run-down plots of land into urban farms.

 

Kristin Rushowy and Noor Javed of The Star write about a Canadian school board official who allegedly pressured senior staff to boost her daughter’s grades so that she could be accepted into a competitive college program. 

 

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas of The Connecticut Mirror starts a three-part series on the University of Connecticut’s place as a research university and reports that declines in research and grant funding at the university’s medical center have brought down its overall national ranking for research. 

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