Member Stories

August 18-25
A snapshot of our favorite stories by EWA members this week

Many people might think corporal punishment in U.S. schools is practically nonexistent in the modern era, but an Education Week analysis found more than 109,000 students were paddled, swatted, or otherwise physically punished at school in 2013-14, Sarah D. Sparks and Alex Harwin report.

 

Brian McVicar and Paula Gardner dive into how much Michigan universities spend on athletics in a story for MLive. Last year, three universities spent $72.6 million in institutional funds to pay for athletics — a figure higher than what the state’s 10 other public universities in the NCAA spent combined, they write.

 

After a series of mishaps with Texas’ new testing vendor, the state’s education commissioner removed all consequences attached to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, Melissa Taboada reports for the Austin American-Statesman. This means thousands of central Texas students who failed the standardized assessments will still be promoted to the next grade level.

 

“I think education failed these kids,” a source tells Ben Felder of The Oklahoman, who writes about a charter school with a blended learning model that’s operating inside the state’s most secure facility for juvenile offenders.

 

Special education advocates are hoping that a federal investigation into Oakland Unified School District “will prompt districts everywhere to think twice before outsourcing the education of students with disabilities to private schools that routinely use harsh behavior control techniques,” Jane Meredith Adams reports for EdSource.

 

Emily Hanford of American Public Media offers an in-depth look at remedial education at colleges, a system that is taking a significant toll on the students it’s meant to help. 

 

Students who have never attended preschool or daycare may face a bit of a culture shock upon entering kindergarten, so a school district in Maine started a three-week program to get them acclimated before the first day of school, Noel Gallagher writes for the Portland Press Herald.

 

People who pass school buses in Iowa are supposed to get their license suspended for 30 days, as well as hefty fines and an insurance hike. But why aren’t these consequences being enforced? Mackenzie Ryan of the Des Moines Register has the details. 

 

Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News lays out the winners and losers of a decade-old property tax shift. Eighteen of the state’s 115 school districts are in the losing category, while 26 districts are collecting more in local property tax dollars than they did in 2006, he writes.

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