Member Stories

July 7-14
Some of our favorite stories by EWA members this week

Holly Hacker of The Dallas Morning News takes readers inside the aftermath at El Centro College — what had been considered ”one of the safest places in downtown” — where a sniper carried out the deadly attack on police officers last week.

 

Reporting for KPCC, Kyle Stokes tells of a national operator of online schools that will pay a $8.5 million settlement to the California attorney general’s office in exchange for a dropped suit that alleged the Virginia-based company falsified attendance numbers and made misleading claims about such things as student test scores, course offerings and class sizes. 

 

In this Money article titled “How to Find a College You Can Truly Afford,” Kim Clark writes about the outlet’s new online tool specifically designed to help students from low-income families find an affordable, high-quality college. 

 

Nan Austin of The Modesto Bee reports that teachers unions fought against a bill that could have elevated teaching to a higher-status profession

 

For a story in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dan Berrett followed a seven-week course at the University of Maryland, College Park that brought together students from diverse cultural backgrounds to discuss race, “a perennial, at times explosive issue on campuses and across the country.”

 

There’s a new school opening in Memphis, but since a “steady exodus of middle-class students (has) drained local public schools of talent, engaged families, and funding,” no one is sure just what the future holds for Crosstown High School. Caroline Bauman of Chalkbeat Tennessee has more details.

 

“The fate of all children is largely determined by their first years on this planet,” writes Lillian Mongeau in the first story of a new series on pre-K education for The Hechinger Report.

 

EdSource’s Fermin Leal examines California’s proposed College and Career Readiness Indicator that would measure how schools and districts are preparing students for opportunities beyond high school. Students’ Advanced Placement test scores, concurrent community college enrollment, completed career technical education pathways, and other factors would be evaluated.

 

Ann Doss Helms of The Charlotte Observer profiles the state’s new top charter school official, who takes the position at a “time of turmoil” for charter schools in North Carolina’s Charlotte region. 

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