Member Stories

June 16-23
Some of our favorite stories of the week by EWA members

Chicago Public Schools has spent $103,000 — about the salary of a full-time teacher – on unsuccessful lobbying, marketing and consulting efforts to get more funding from state legislators, Lauren Fitzpatrick reports for the Chicago Sun-Times. 

 

In a story for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Jamaal Abdul-Alim writes that despite a conviction of federal bribery and conspiracy charges for the creator of GEAR UP, former U.S. Rep. Chakah Fattah, the college readiness and access program he championed “is believed to be safe and sound.”

 

Students in Toronto are scrambling to file a human rights complaint in a last-ditch effort to save their school. The Blade’s Kristin Rushowy reports that Greenwood Secondary, a school for newly arrived refugees and immigrants, is facing closure.

 

For prospective students interested in earning a college degree in “Deutschland,” Kelly Mae Ross of U.S. News & World Report lays out six things to note first. Among them: “Students need to be independent.”

 

Matt McKinney reports that sex-related misconduct — whether through inappropriate contact or communication — is the No. 1 reason that educators lose their license in Virginia, according to a Virginian-Pilot analysis. Alcohol- and drug-related offenses ranked second.

 

“How can an edtech company convert virality into financial sustainability when neither its direct users (teachers and students) nor the organization (schools and districts) are willing to pay?” Tony Wan poses this question in an article for EdSurge.

 

In a city home to Harvard and MIT, lesser-known Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts has launched a new branding campaign. Lydia Emmanouilidou of WGBH takes a look at this effort. 

 

Jeff German and Neal Morton of the Las Vegas Review-Journal dive into an FBI investigation of alleged corruption in the Clark County School District police force.

 

A new, free website connects college majors with employment prospects and realistic salary expectations, but critics of the AERA, Gallup and U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Launch My Career” project say it “represents the corporatization of higher education,” Liz Dwyer writes for TakePart.

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