Member Stories

December 3 – December 10
Here's what we're reading by EWA members.


Black children in Pinellas are suspended at rates seen in virtually no other large school district in Florida, and at levels far higher than students from other backgrounds, report Lisa Gartner, Michael LaForgia and Nathaniel Lash of The Tampa Bay Times.

A school synonymous with failure a few years ago, Phillips Academy in Chicago is turning heads by producing far more college-bound kids, and using a strong football program to get there, reports Brandis Friedman of WTTW. 

Claudia Meléndez Salinas of the Monterey Herald writes about a school where the emotional needs of the students prompted leaders to bring in mental health experts. 

The number of homeless children in the Wake County school system of North Carolina has increased 23 percent since 2009 to 2,736 students, reports T. Keung Hui for The News & Observer.

Natalie Pate of Oregon’s Statesman Journal reports on a threat prevention and assessment course debuting at a community college that’s designed to teach students how to deter a mass killing.

Leading charter voices in Ohio and across the country are asking whether e-schools should even be part of the charter school movement anymore, writes Patrick O’Donnell of the Plain Dealer.

A high school in Boston is pairing its students with a food nonprofit to develop healthy meals that students across the city will enjoy eating, reports James Vasnis of The Boston Globe.

Catherine Gewertz of Education Week writes beautifully about students in immigrant households who are defying their parents wishes to attend a local college, instead making the case to enroll at schools that they feel are right for them.

While the passage of the overhaul to No Child Left Behind is seen as a big deal, changes to the education landscape will be hard to find in Texas, reports Melissa B. Taboada of the Austin American-Statesman.

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