Member Stories

November 17-December 1
Some of our favorite stories by EWA members in the last two weeks

Who is Betsy DeVos? Dale Mezzacappa, Greg Windle and Darryl Murphy of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook team up for a closer look at the Michigan billionaire who is poised to become the next U.S. secretary of education. 

 

Kendi A. Rainwater and Tyler Jett of the Times Free Press have a follow up story on the bus driver charged with vehicular homicide in the devastating crash that killed six elementary-school children in Chattanooga, Tennessee, just before Thanksgiving. 

 

EdSource’s Theresa Harrington writes about U.S. student performance on the latest Trends In International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) assessment. 

 

Leaders from the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges systems sent a joint letter to President-elect Trump this week, urging him to allow students who are undocumented immigrants to continue their educations without fear of deportation, Rosanna Xia and Teresa Watanabe report for the Los Angeles Times. 

 

Two New Orleans charter schools are closing, but only one school’s students get to select where they’d like to attend next year. Why? Marta Jewson of The Lens has the details. 

 

Gwendolyn Glenn of WFAE in North Carolina has a two-part series on college endowments facing more scrutiny as tuition costs go up. 

 

“Students scream, threaten, shove and hit teachers or other students, with little consequence,” leading some teachers in Iowa’s capital city to seek new jobs. Mackenzie Ryan writes for The Des Moines Register about a search for “middle ground” after a recent district decision to drastically reduce suspensions and eliminate expulsions that were disproportionately affecting minority students. 

 

Reporting for KBIA, Francisco Vara-Orta of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting tells the story of a Mexican-born migrant family of farm workers and the challenges they faced when sending their children to college. 

 

As more students go online to shop for textbooks, traditional campus bookstores no longer live up to their names. Vanessa McCray of The Blade examines how some colleges in Ohio are adapting. 

 

Shelby Webb of the Houston Chronicle has the pros and cons of a partnership — which includes a shared school building — between a public school district and two charter operators. 

 

The University of Central Florida spent $75,000 on a search firm that recruited a now-fired medical school administrator who faced an earlier investigation at Michigan State University, Gabrielle Russon of the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

 

An already-overcrowded Oregon school district is bracing — and planning — for a growth of nearly 47,000 students over the next two decades, Natalie Pate writes for the Statesman Journal. 

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