Member Stories

December 22-29
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week

What will education in California look like under President Trump? Nan Austin of The Modesto Bee offers her take, noting the ”stability built in by state law and sheer size.”

 

In this story on tall tales during exam week, one Indiana University professor tells Michael Reschke of The Herald-Times that this ”can be an especially dangerous time of year for grandmothers, grandfathers and pets,” who all seem to fall suddenly ill.

 

Kern County, California, has seen a spike in STDs since 2011, when the local high school district’s once-robust sexual education program saw a change in leadership, Harold Pierce reports for The Bakersfield Californian.

 

Natalie Pate of the Statesman Journal predicts some of the education stories she’ll be writing in 2017. 

 

A Kentucky school board has approved a proposal that advocates for random drug testing of fifth- and sixth-graders who participate in after-school activities, such as sports. Valarie Honeycutt Spears has more details in this story for the Lexington Herald-Leader. 

 

Chalkbeat Tennessee’s Caroline Bauman writes about the state-run Achievement School District’s first school closure. 

 

In a story for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Jamaal Abdul-Alim writes about College Track, a Will.i.am-backed, California-based nonprofit providing college support services to first-generation college students.

 

Four high-school seniors at a Connecticut magnet school will be sending an experiment to the International Space Station for astronauts to test, Linda Conner Lambeck reports for the Connecticut Post. Using water fleas as test subjects, the project is aimed at “improving the health of humans as the possibility of deep space exploration, and space residence, looms nearer.”

 

Shelly Conlon of the Waco Tribune-Herald pairs a story of an investigation into administrative bullying and leadership issues at a Waco, Texas, high school with a timeline of how it all unfolded.

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