Member Stories

July 15 – July 21
What we're reading by EWA members these past two weeks

Larry Gordon of EdSource surveys the growing trend of universities opening satellite campuses in downtown centers, making completing degrees easier for adult learners in urban settings.

A charter school in East Oakland is offering an ambitious mix of rigorous summer academics mixed with art and play – a service typically reserved for middle-class parents willing to pay $300 a week for such programs. Sharon Noguchi of the San Jose Mercury News has more.

Iowa is piloting a program designed to accelerate the reading skills of third-graders behind in literacy. The stakes are high because the state will soon implement policies that may hold back third-graders with low reading scores, Mackenzie Ryan of the Des Moines Register reports.

At 55 colleges and universities, nearly half of all students who drop out have GPAs of at least 3.0, surprising administrators and prompting many to shore up their counseling strategies, per this broadcast by Amy Scott of Marketplace.

Lawmakers in Virginia accuse the state’s flagship university of concealing a $2.3 billion fund even while raising tuition. Derek Quizon has the story for The Daily Progress.

Ana Ley with a strong report for The Las Vegas Review-Journal: UNLV has plans to provide lux accommodations to upperclassmen, but standing in the way are units reserved for low-income tenants, some of whom are students. 

“Colleges, especially those with criminal justice programs that directly lead into law enforcement or police academies housed on their campuses, have been working to address concerns that have arisen in light of the Black Lives Matter movement as they prepare the next generation of police officers” – an important read by Ashley A. Smith of Inside Higher Ed.

An Albuquerque school board member allegedly doctored a receipt to show maintenance was done not at her home but at the charter school she founded, writes Kim Burgess of the Albuquerque Journal.

Bill Bush and Shannon Gilchrist of The Columbus Dispatch observe that scrutiny of public dollars spent on voucher programs is limited because the money is spent by private schools – places of learning that have fewer disclosure obligations than public schools.

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