What we're reading by EWA members this week
One downside to the Broncos’ Super Bowl win for Coloradans? Kids skipping school to celebrate. Eric Gorski and Nicholas Garcia write for Chalkbeat Colorado that parents were weighing the pros and cons of allowing their children to skip school for the team’s homecoming parade.
Shannon Gilchrist of The Columbus Dispatch reports the findings of a new study showing Ohio students are being “physically restrained and secluded in alarming numbers, despite a 2-year-old state rule designed to reduce those practices and give schools a more positive way to handle troubled kids.”
Tennessee was not TNReady, after all. Jason Reynolds of the Shelbyville Times-Gazette reports that the new online assessments were scrapped in favor of the old paper and pencil format after computer network outages disrupted testing in schools this week.
While opting out of vaccines for personal beliefs isn’t an option for families sending their children to schools in California, Sacramento County leaders say the state law may not apply to students with special needs. Diana Lambert has the details in a story for The Sacramento Bee.
Nate Robson takes a closer look at why so few community college students in Oklahoma are going on to earn bachelor’s degrees. He opens this story for Oklahoma Watch with a look inside a remedial math class, where students were studying fractions and other math concepts they should have learned in high school.
For Colorado Public Radio, Jenny Brundin tells the story of one woman’s endeavor to open a “modern” one-room school house.
After a state teacher evaluation report showed that only 2.4 percent of teachers in Orange County, Florida were rated “highly effective” — down from more than 80 percent the year before – many teachers are complaining the system is unreliable and that scores were perhaps purposely lowered by the administration, Leslie Postal and Annie Martin of the Orlando Sentinel write.
Teachers at a Connecticut middle school are using lessons from “The Martian” in their classrooms, David DesRoches reports for WNPR. The Oscar-nominated film, based on a book of the same name, stars Matt Damon as a botanist-turned-astronaut who uses science and engineering to survive alone on Mars.
Amy Scott reports on efforts to confront bias in faculty hiring at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County that could unfairly weed out qualified candidates of color. “Talented minority faculty are not unicorns,” one source tells her in this story for Marketplace.
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