Member Stories

January 19-26
Some of our favorite stories by EWA members this week

In a story about higher graduation rates for students in career and technical education programs, one source tells Natalie Pate of the Statesman Journal that while math or English may not be students’ favorite classes, “they are more willing to put in the time and do the work” because they can see the relationship between what they are learning and the projects they work on.


Ann Doss Helms of The Charlotte Observer compiles teachers’ responses to President Trump’s claim that the U.S. education system is “flush with cash.”


A new report highlights six California school districts where English-language learners scored nearly on par or exceeded their English-proficient peers on standardized science tests, Carolyn Jones writes for EdSource.


Reporting for Chalkbeat Tennessee, Grace Tatter explains the implications of the state board doubling as a local school district.


Linda Conner Lambeck of the Connecticut Post talks with parents both for and against Betsy DeVos’ nomination for education secretary. 


“Parents would get money to pull their kids from Texas public schools and educate them elsewhere, under divisive proposals that two of the state’s three top GOP leaders endorsed Tuesday,” Holly K. Hacker and Robert T. Garrett report for the Dallas Morning News. “Under a plan generating the most buzz, those families would get taxpayer dollars to spend on private schools, tutoring or related expenses through something called education savings accounts.”


In a story for The Modesto Bee, Nan Austin writes that the local school district is updating its sex education videos from VCRs to DVDs while considering a switch from its abstinence-only approach. 


“In planning for the future, California’s colleges and universities are trying to predict their enrollments five, 10 and even 20 years from now. But there is much uncertainty and disagreement over which factors should be weighed most heavily,” Larry Gordon writes for EdSource.


Alexandra Pannoni of U.S. News & World Report has tips for parents overseas who are considering sending their teenagers to high school in the U.S.

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