What we're reading by EWA members this week
Beth Fertig begins a week-long WNYC series, “Integration 2.0,” in a Manhattan school district working toward implementing a controlled choice admissions system to help schools balance their enrollment of low-income, at-risk students.
“A $12,000 charge at a strip club. Thousands of dollars spent at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead. ATM withdrawals of hundreds of dollars at a time. The charges to Atlanta’s Latin Academy Charter School should have raised eyebrows,” Molly Bloom starts her piece in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the largest charter school theft in the state’s history.
Emmanuel Felton of The Hechinger Report writes that a new accountability system in Kentucky is differentiating between college-ready and career-ready and giving schools the same incentives for producing students who are one or the other.
Records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that for more than two years, the University of Michigan has been delaying a federal investigation into how sexual assault complaints are handled on campus. David Jesse of the Detroit Free Press writes that despite public pledges of cooperation, the university has asked for a dozen extensions in providing the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights with the documents needed to continue the investigation.
The Baltimore Sun’s Erica Green weaves a compelling story of a Baltimore high school where a senior was stabbed during science class just before Thanksgiving. After two other students were killed and the school faced threats of closure for perpetual low performance, the senior class went on to set the highest graduation rate since 2010 last week, and more than half are heading to college.
Jamal Eric Watson of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports that Brown University is investing $100 million over the next decade on a diversity plan. The plan “might seem like a far-fetched idea for most colleges and universities,” he writes. “But Brown University isn’t exactly any university.”
According to a recent report, funding dedicated to low-income students in Virginia is about half of what it is in other states on average, reports Louis Llovio of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Could Florida schools be retaliating against students who opted out of standardized testing this spring? That’s what some in the state are alleging after one parent was told her daughter might have to repeat third grade, and another’s freshman son didn’t get into an early college program, reports Denise Smith Amos of The Florida Times-Union.
A story in Money by Jon Marcus of The Hechinger Report explores the reason behind the growing number of employers offering education benefits for their workers. A hint: “It isn’t all altruism.”
After a student in a wheelchair was excluded from singing with his classmates on stage during a school concert in Fall River, Massachusetts, last winter, his story has caught the attention of federal investigators. Michael Gagne of The Herald News has the details.
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