Member Stories

May 12-19
Some of our favorite stories of the week by EWA members

Rafael Guerrero of the Yakima Herald reports that the local school district in Washington is looking in other countries for qualified teachers, as the area’s teacher shortage reaches “crisis mode.”


Emily DeRuy looks at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s strategies for increasing diversity at the institution and having open discussions about racial turmoil across the country, while still maintaining order and military tradition, in a story for The Atlantic.


Greg Toppo of USA Today writes that the “long-simmering dissatisfaction over standardized testing came to a head this month” when a professor at Columbia University, Teachers College uploaded and then removed PARCC assessment items from the internet after the test’s creator threatened legal action. 


Peter Balonon-Rosen of StateImpact Indiana takes readers to a college classroom that’s actually inside a prison, where incarcerated students are learning alongside their peers from the outside. 


Denisa R. Superville and Stephen Sawchuk give human faces to the larger story about Chicago’s school funding woes in a story for Education Week.


Gwendolyn Glenn of WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina, tells the stories of adjunct professors who are teaching at multiple colleges and, in some cases, relying on some form of public assistance to make ends meet.


Melinda Anderson writes for The Atlantic about the #BlackatBLS social media campaign started by students at Boston Latin School earlier this year and takes a closer look at the demographics of students in the nation’s elite public high schools. 


MJ Slaby reports from Tennessee for the Knoxville News Sentinel that school officials say current restroom policies for transgender students in the district are handled on a case-by-case basis, ”acceptable to all,” and unlikely to change in the wake of a federal directive that allows students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. 


Lynn Arditi of the Providence Journal writes that the new president of the Community College of Rhode Island — the first woman in the position and someone with no prior college administration experience – has a “difficult balancing act” ahead. 

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