Member Stories

May 26-June 2
What we're reading by EWA members this week

BuzzFeed reporter Molly Hensley-Clancy investigates a California university without any full-time faculty that has allegedly deployed a fake grading system and enabled ”thousands of foreign students to enter the United States each year — while generating millions of dollars in tuition revenue for the school and the family who controls it” despite the fact that the university is operating as a nonprofit.

 

A statewide plan to overhaul Clark County, Nevada’s education system has attracted 25 candidates for the seven open positions on the local and state school boards that will oversee the reforms, Neal Morton reports for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. 

 

Christine Sampson of The East Hampton Star writes that the Montauk school board has axed the public comment portion of its meetings and is accusing the Montauk Teachers Association of abusing the time while contract negotiations were taking place. 

 

In light of the new University of Toledo president’s plan to bolster the school’s reputation, Vanessa McCray of The Blade writes that the institution doesn’t have any faculty represented in any of the four most prestigious membership academies of academia, in part because hiring faculty of that caliber costs more money. 

 

Melissa Tabaoda of the Austin American-Statesman examines the college readiness rate in Central Texas, which plummeted for the Class of 2016 after years of progress. 

 

Detroit’s mayor is opposing a $617 million compromise Detroit Public Schools bailout that he says is “set up for failure” without a provision for a citywide commission “to control the ‘chaos’ of rapid school turnover in parts of the city where his administration is focused on rebuilding blight-ravaged neighborhoods,” Chad Livengood and Jonathan Oosting write from The Detroit News’ Lansing bureau.

 

Are universities really equipped to deal fairly with campus sexual assault cases? Critics are raising this question as a growing number of students accused of sexual assault are saying their schools are violating the students’ rights to due process, Derek Quizon reports for The Daily Progress.

 

In a story for The Atlantic, Melinda Anderson interviews a black, undocumented recent graduate of Trinity College who finds herself “on the margins of both DREAMers and Black Lives Matter spaces” and points out that immigration reform is not just a Latino issue. 

 

When students at two Newport News, Virginia elementary schools return to school next fall, their campuses will still have unreliable heating and cooling systems dating back to the 1980s. Jane Hammond of the Daily Press reports that an accounting disagreement between the school district and the city is causing a delay in the proposed replacements of the HVAC systems that were supposed to occur over the summer. 

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