Member Stories

May 19 – 25
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week

Jennifer Pignolet of the Commercial Appeal checks on the closure of an AmeriCorps program called City Year in Memphis, which is wrapping up a pilot year at Brownsville and Westside Achievement Middle, a state-run school in Frayser. 


Rachel M. Cohen writes for the American Prospect about the two proposals for upgrading school facilities that are coming before Congress as tens of millions of children report daily to run-down, sometimes unsafe school buildings.


Diverse: Issues In Higher Education and Jamaal Abdul-Alim acquired documents that show the person accused of a 2016 attempt to use a web-based federal student-aid tool to obtain taxpayer information may have used the tool illegally to target then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.


 Ann Doss Helms, Joseph Neff and David Raynor rolled out an enterprising three-part collaboration between the News and Observer and the Charlotte Observer that examined seven-years of data to find that North Carolina’s public schools are failing to help thousands of low-income children.


Shelby Webb of the Houston Chronicle tells the story of one student from El Salvador who has been living in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and managed to graduate as valedictorian of her high school, with a full scholarship to college.


Bekah McNeel of the Rivard Report offers tips from a school board that governs by the policy that: “If we’re doing it right, it’s pretty boring.”


WUNC’s Lisa Philip checks in with the educators rushing to make the transition from textbooks to digital materials, as legislation threatens to leave behind the many kids who can’t access high-speed internet at home.


Jenny Abamu writes for EdSurge about the few legal actions parents can take as the federal legislation that gave families rights to student privacy, The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, becomes increasingly outdated.


EdSource’s Mikhail Zinshteyn reports that California’s K-12 federal allocation would shrink from the 2016-17 level of approximately $4 billion to $3.64 billion in 2017-18 under the Trump administration’s proposed federal budget.


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