Member Stories

May 19-26
Some of our favorite stories of the week by EWA members

A federal effort is underway to dig deeper into the achievement data of Asian American students, a community that researchers say has great variance in academic success, reports Rebecca Klein of The Huffington Post.

Some school districts in Tennessee “charge fees for participation in activities such as band and athletics, and the practice has drawn scrutiny from critics who say it deprives students from middle-class or poor families from having a full school experience,” writes Daniel Connolly of The Commercial Appeal

Fermin Leal of EdSource tells us that California is fast at work creating a metric to measure schools’ college-and-career readiness. Advanced Placement scores, career-tech enrollment and bilingual graduates are possibilities. 

Holly Hacker of The Dallas Morning News with a good one: “Harmony Public Schools, Texas’ largest charter school network, is known for its math and science prowess. Now it’s under fire for allegations of discrimination, self-dealing, misspending — and alleged ties to a controversial preacher from Turkey.”

How does a campus library built to fit books and periodicals before modern computing made information portable keep up the times? A major facelift with more room to study and breathe to attract students, per this Toledo Blade story by Vanessa McCray.

Lax state rules on how schools manage student discipline has resulted in some Florida districts kicking students out for weeks, months and even years for misbehavior ranging from disrupting class to setting fires, a new data project by Shelby Webb of The Sarasota Herald-Tribune shows.

Meredith Kolodner with a nice portrait of a university that’s enrolling – and graduating – black students who underperformed in high school.

At least 24 charter schools “would likely have to close their doors this summer if Chicago Public Schools officials go through with plans to cut $700 million from schools’ budgets,” write Melissa Sanchez and Kalyn Belsha for Catalyst Chicago. “The cuts could affect up to 15,000 students.”

A program at California State University Monterey Bay graduates computer science students in three years through a mix of targeting scheduling, mentoring and scholarships, reports Claudia Meléndez Salinas, Monterey Herald.

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