Member Stories

March 11-March 17
What we're reading by EWA members this week

Dan Carsen of WBHM offers a perfect dispatch in the annals of school-lawmaker relations: With 50 education bills pending in Alabama, some legislators are visiting actual classrooms.

Thanks to this analysis of data on Texas college sports finances by Annie Daniel, Matthew Watkins and Ben Hasson of the Texas Tribune, we can easily note Texas A&M has a much more profitable sports program than rival University of Texas-Austin.

South Carolina has many school choice options, but data suggest the abundance of schools is leading to increased expenses as more neighborhood schools become under-enrolled, writes Jennifer Berry Hawes of the Post and Courier.

Anxiety over the threat of school shooters has teachers taking self-defense courses, students being barred from using campus side doors, and districts hiring more officers, writes Rose French of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

For The Atlantic, Melinda Anderson interviews author Monique W. Morris about her new book, Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. The article looks at problems and potential solutions.

A lawsuit over resources provided to students with disabilities has morphed into a larger question of how sensitive information about children is kept safe in the digital age. Max Lewontin of The Christian Science Monitor has more.

K-12 campuses are using the mobile app Snapchat to communicate with students and their parents, a new twist for the social media tool that’s primarily used by young adults, reports Alexandra Pannoni of U.S. News & World Report.

In Massachusetts, traditional public schools and charters are trying to play nice, but politics and pending legislation test those bonds, according to this piece by Kathleen McKiernan of SouthCoast Today.

Older students at a school in Connecticut are piloting a mentoring program that aims to make the transition from middle school to high school smoother for students, particularly black and Latino youth, reports Paul Schott of Greenwich Time.

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