January 15 – 21
Here's What We're Reading by EWA Members
Parents Want Say in Common Core Overhaul
Some parents allege the race to rewrite the Common Core standards in Louisiana was a political act and not a sincere effort to include the community in overhauling a contentious front in education, writes Emmanuel Felton of The Hechinger Report.
Colorado Chasing Students for Careers in Trades
Colorado has one the most highly skilled workforces in the country, yet businesses in the trades still recruit out-of-state for talent. Jenny Brundin of Colorado Public Radio explores the push to attract more students to degree programs that offer middle-skill credentials.
Big Split in Views on School Diversity
In a Huffington Post/YouGov poll, half as many white people as blacks or Hispanics believe the government should do more to diversify schools, writes Rebecca Klein of HuffPost.
The Wisconsin Scholar with the Huge Audience
If you’re covering higher education, you likely follow her on Twitter. Read what drives Sara Goldrick-Rab on and off social media in this comely profile by Karen Herzog of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Learning Through Farming
How do you channel passion into the classroom? Sometimes all it takes is a few tubs of water. Meet one of Wisconsin’s best teachers, known for transforming his high school into a leader in agriculture science – written by Jen Zettel of the Appleton Post-Crescent.
MLK and Social Justice Lessons
How well do you know Martin Luther King, Jr.? Likely not as well as these middle-school students in Chicago, who dive into the slain civil rights-movement hero’s speeches and actions in their social justice lessons, writes Melinda D. Anderson for The Atlantic.
In Canada, Tuition Prices Rouse Students
There’s something comforting in knowing the United States is not alone in its concern over the rising costs for students of earning a college degree. In Ontario, Canada, student tuition and fees covered 51 percent of operating costs, reports Louise Brown of The Toronto Star. (Their policymakers even use terms like “sticker-price!”).
School Choice in the South
What’s school choice looking like in the South? Here are three stories from the Southern Education Desk, including a piece that explores the roles race, economics and choice play in student achievement.
Overturning a Sexual Assault Ruling
While arguably no school in Georgia has been more aggressive in prosecuting cases of sexual assault, “lawmakers say they have heard from parents, alumni and Georgia Tech donors unhappy with the university’s student disciplinary process and the attention the cases have received,” write Janel Davis and Shannon McCaffrey of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
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