June 30 – July 7
What we're reading by EWA members this week
Naming rights for college sports arenas can get testy. Ben Wermund of the Houston Chronicle explains how a billionaire who sits on the University of Houston’s Board of Regents likely won the naming rights over a deceased judge.
At California’s community colleges, the number of high school students who enroll in at least one college course has grown by 56 percent since 2012, signaling a spike in interest for dual enrollment program, Fermin Leal of EdSource reports.
“Three months after students took state-mandated exams, some Duval (County) parents don’t know if their third-graders passed or failed the all-important reading section,” writes Denise Smith Amos for The Florida Times-Union.
Is a proposed facelift to the school district in Los Angeles an attempt to open more charters, an effort to replicate the best models for urban education, or both? Howard Blume of the Los Angeles Times with the story.
Gilda Di Carli for WNYC reports on the criticism that New York City school system’s efforts to warn the public about toxic material at individual campuses is porous.
“Where integration works: How one inner-city Indianapolis private school is bringing kids together.” Dylan Peers McCoy wrote this story for Chalkbeat Indiana.
How some foundations are leading the charge in setting the higher-education policy agenda, by Jamal Eric Watson for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
“New ‘early warning’ system aims to help Memphis high schools identify potential dropouts” reads the headline of this story by Laura Faith Kebede of Chalkbeat Tennessee.
The head of the University of Oregon has a simple pitch to funders: “Invest in the vision. Make us as great as Cal-Berkeley, UCLA, Virginia or Michigan in terms of academics,” writes Andrew Theen for The Oregonian.
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