December 29 – January 5
Here's what we're reading by EWA members
Nationally, 84 percent of computer science majors are men. At Harvey Mudd College in California, women make up 55 percent of computer science graduates. Rosanna Xia explores the school’s gender-equity efforts in this Los Angeles Times story.
A 2013 Texas law changed how certain foster students were recognized in state data systems. The change led to confusion, resulting in officials publishing incorrect data about the number of foster students who took on college. Lauren McGaughy guides us toward clarity in this story from The Dallas Morning News.
Trisha Crain writes for AL.com about Alabama’s efforts to seemingly mask the performances of the state’s public schools by omitting letter grades and her newsroom’s efforts to make the data public regardless.
A painful, illuminating, anger-inducing and exhaustive report on some of California’s most vulnerable residents: homeless parents and their kids. KPCC’s Rina Palta and Priska Neely are the storytellers for this gripping broadcast.
Fifteen percent of Massachusetts students report having suicidal thoughts; suicides jumped 38 percent between 2003 and 2013. Kathleen McKiernan reports for The Boston Herald on the work state officials are doing to address students’ mental health and happiness.
Ann Doss Helms with a lede that cuts right to it: “While North Carolina’s traditional public schools lost students this school year, charter school enrollment has more than doubled since the state lifted a 100-school cap in 2011.” The Charlotte Observer ran this story.
After California legislators passed a law in 2016 promoting partnerships between community colleges and K-12 districts, dual enrollment classes have grown steadily, reports Fermin Leal for EdSource.
A story close to our hearts that you may have missed because it ran January 1: “The Smell Test: Educators can counter fake news with information literacy. Here’s how.” Linda Jacobson gives us the skinny for School Library Journal.
Another school officer physically harms a student, another district promises policy changes. T. Keung Hui and Madison Iszler for the News & Observer go deep to explore how the district can alter the behaviors of the officers tasked with protecting its students.
And now for something lighter. “More teachers like Haas are moving away from traditional desks and chairs to offer a variety of what they call ‘flexible seating’ options intended to help students find ways to wiggle while they work,” writes Megan Raposa for the Argus Leader.
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