Member Stories

March 17-24
What we're reading by EWA members this week

Alexandra Pannoni of U.S. News & World Report writes that curious high schoolers are already taking advantage of relaxed travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba, seeing a trip to the island as a chance to “travel back in time.”

 

Dan Berrett of The Chronicle of Higher Education explores whether engineering education breeds terrorists in a story about the research presented in a new book, “Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection Between Violent Extremism and Education.”

 

Gabrielle Russon of the Orlando Sentinel tells the story of a student with disabilities at the University of Central Florida. While not academically eligible to seek a degree, this student is experiencing college life through a pilot program that allows students like her to live and learn at the university alongside their peers. 

 

Trisha Powell Crain of Alabama School Connection lays out the meanings of college- and career-readiness and reports that although ACT data show that the majority of the state’s sophomores and juniors are in danger of not being ready for college, remediation statistics tell a different side of the story. 

 

Claudia Rowe of The Seattle Times compares the school systems of Washington and Massachusetts, drawing similarities between the student demographics in both states and pointing out stark contrasts in their academic performance. She also evaluates how schools in Massachusetts are funded and whether the way they spend their money has something to do with why the state fares better than its West Coast counterpart.

 

Zaidee Stavely of KQED reports that a shortage of special education teachers and aides in the Oakland, California, school district has left many special needs students without the help they need for months. 

 

Linda Conner Lambeck of the Connecticut Post writes that the increasing supply of the Bridgeport’s public school choices has parents scrambling to enroll their children in “good” schools. 

 

Ann Schimke of Chalkbeat Colorado shares her interview with professor Rosemarie Allen of the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Allen, who is black, was suspended several times a year as a child and expelled from three schools — experiences that shaped her current work addressing racial disparities in preschool discipline. 

 

Emma Crawford Kent of the Daily Journal writes a series of stories delving into the changing landscape of arts education in Mississippi classrooms.

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