Member Stories

August 12-18
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week

Who oversees a sexual assault charge on college campuses? There’s no set rule, and in some cases sports boosters adjudicate cases concerning student-athletes, reports Jake New for Inside Higher Ed.

After their son died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, this couple began asking questions about the cancer risk students who play on artificial turf face. The culprit may be the shredded tire bits deposited between the turf’s fake blades of grass, writes Debbie Cafazzo for The News Tribune.

Kathleen McKiernan of The Boston Herald describes the dire nature of Boston’s homelessness problem: “Nearly 4,000 students in Boston’s public schools are homeless — roughly 1 in every 14 kids — a crisis that school officials and advocates say they expect to get worse as the city’s housing prices continue to soar and force families onto the street.”

Kendi A. Rainwater of The Times Free Press homes in on a theme that districts across the country may relate to: “Nearly 30 percent of Hamilton County teachers are considered least effective by state measures, and many of these teachers are in the district’s predominantly poor and minority classrooms.”

Teachers address the biases that may color their judgment when teaching black or poor students. In meetings, stereotypes are explored, feelings are hurt, and hopefully better teaching grows out of it, explains Peter Balonen-Rosen for NPR.

Diversity of options may be a boon to many students, but to others who are entering the college shuffle for the first time, the terrain can seem overwhelming. Enter education sherpas: mentors who guide students through academic and professional choices. Goldie Blumenstyk produced this story for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Katy Murphy of the Bay Area News Group invites us into the selfless and sometimes dangerous world of educating Baha’i students in Iran – members of a persecuted minority in that country – and the U.S. educators offering instruction online to evade Iranian authorities.

Seventy percent of the kindergartners considered gifted in this Florida district are white, and many are selected because parents paid as much as $500 for IQ tests that purportedly demonstrated their elevated academic talents, reports Sonja Isger for the Palm Beach Post.

“Children are being Tasered by school-based police officers,” begins this investigation by Rebecca Klein – a collaboration between The Huffington Post and The Hechinger Report. “No one knows how often it’s happening or what impact it’s having on students.”

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