Member Stories

March 24 – March 31
What we're reading by EWA members this week

Take a look at what Dan Mihalopoulos of the Chicago Sun-Times learned about a charter school network after successfully suing to receive its records.

Annie Martin writes for the Orlando Sentinel that if “your child’s teacher is punished in Orange County because he broke the law or district policies, don’t expect to hear school leaders discuss it or to find that information on the district’s website.”

Beth Fertig reports for WNYC about a powerful education official’s effort to speak both as a private citizen who questions state tests and a public official who may see their merit.

Colleges in Omaha, Nebraska are using private funds to help cover the costs of a higher-education degree for undocumented residents, reports Kate Howard of Omaha World-Herald

Education Week continues to impress with its ever-handy summaries of the national education scene. Here, Catherine Gewertz shows us the sharp decline in the number of states that plan to use tests by PARCC and Smarter Balanced.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Nanette Asimov provides a smart look at a new report that criticized the University of California system for its growing appetite for out-of-state students while enrollment among Californians remains largely flat.

Two studies out this month make the case for tracking students to increase the number of highly talented black and Latino in gifted or advanced school programs, writes Jill Barshay for The Hechinger Report and The Atlantic.

Rochester, New York can’t find the space to fit all of its charter schools and the students enrolled in them, and the city’s mayor blames an unfavorable tax code for the crunch, writes Justin Murphy for the Democrat & Chronicle.

One Louisiana lawmaker wants to make cursive writing mandatory in the state’s public schools. Amanda McElfresh of The Daily Advertiser has the details.

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