Member Stories

December 8-15
Some of our favorite stories by EWA members this week

Annie Martin of the Orlando Sentinel investigates how Orange County school board members spent $500,000 of taxpayer money over the last two years. “One board member paid $2,500 for a school mural that depicts herself,” she writes.


Starting in January, Portland Community College will teach a specially designed curriculum for nursing students left stranded by the closure of the for-profit ITT Technical Institute earlier this year, Andrew Theen reports for The Oregonian.


Hundreds of parents in the Cupertino, California, school district are pushing back against an initiative that requires middle-school students to use iPads in the classroom and at home, citing concerns over privacy and family discord. Interestingly, this debate is all taking place in Apple HQ’s backyard, writes Sharon Noguchi of Bay Area News Group. 


Eric Hoover offers a look at how Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy became an affirmative-action convert. (This story is part of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2016 Influence List.”)


Who’s missing school? What are the effects of poor attendance? And what are the unintended consequences of including chronic absenteeism in school report cards? Jennifer Palmer has the answers in a story for Oklahoma Watch.


In a story for The Atlantic, Larry Gordon takes a deep dive into mentoring. While it “can help people academically, emotionally, and socially; it can steer them clear of trouble and toward college, career, and a better life,” it doesn’t always work that way, he finds.


The Miami Herald’s Kyra Gurney digs into Florida’s controversial teacher evaluation system, opening her story with an anecdote from a teacher whose evaluation was dragged down by students’ test scores in a subject she doesn’t even teach. 


Linda Conner Lambeck of the Connecticut Post reports that Fairfield University’s former nursing school dean Lynn Babington will become interim college president in January. That’s big news for a Jesuit institution that’s never had a non-Jesuit — or a woman — at the helm. 


A plan to push back high school start times is making teenagers happy. But not everyone is thrilled about its effects, Jason Moon of NHPR tells listeners. 

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