Member Stories

November 6-13
Here's what we're reading by EWA members.

In the wake of high-profile protests against racism at the University of Missouri and elsewhere, more students across the country are speaking up about what it’s like to be black on a college campus, Collin Binkley and Errin Haines Whack report for the Associated Press.

Emboldened by recent activism efforts, students at Virginia Commonwealth University are demanding the administration hire more black professors and institute diversity training on campus. Louis Llovio of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has the details. 

Tasers are banned in Texas juvenile detention centers, but the same law does not apply to schools statewide, Rebecca Klein writes for The Huffington Post. 

Hechinger Report editor Liz Willen calls for an end to edu-speak — “a disease that undermines efforts to improve U.S. schools.”

In this cleverly titled article for The Charlotte Observer, Ann Doss Helms explores whether mass cuts to school librarian positions in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools affect students. 

Brandis Friedman of WTTW in Chicago reports that four of out every 10 principals in the Chicago school system say they are very likely to leave their jobs in the next few years. 

The Los Angeles Unified School District has been hailed as a national example of progressive school discipline policies, such as banning suspensions for defiance and implementing restorative justice. But as Teresa Watanabe and Howard Blume report, not all teachers are on board.

Unhappy teachers are also speaking out in Louisville, Kentucky, where 72 teachers have resigned since the start of the school year. One former first grade teacher told Toni Konz of WDRB that students in her classroom were kicking chairs and peeing on the floor, among a myriad of other disruptive behaviors. 

Chicago Sun-Times’ Dan Mihalopoulos reports that City Colleges “stiffed” a number of students who depend on financial aid. 

In a survey by MONEY magazine and Kaplan Test Prep, parents seemed to support making the first two years of college free for everyone by eliminating other federal aid and tax breaks for college, Kim Clark writes. 

Is a special needs school getting special treatment? Rhema Thompson of The Florida Times-Union takes a closer look at the resources flowing into a school for students with dyslexia and similar learning disabilities — a school with personal significance for the district superintendent, who is dyslexic. 

Keshia Clukey of POLITICO New York writes that some education officials and advocates in the state are questioning the U.S. Department of Education’s plan for cutting back on student testing, saying such restrictions in New York have been confusing and ineffective. 

A lawsuit filed by a former Houston Community College administrator alleges she was wrongfully terminated after the board found out she had been talking to the FBI about potential misuse of bond money. Ben Wermund has the details in this story for the Houston Chronicle. 

A school district in California has started a high school internship program that trains students to become teachers, Claudia Meléndez Salinas reports for the Monterey Herald. 

Can faith and football coexist at Baylor University? Jake New of Inside Higher Ed reports on the world’s largest Baptist institution. 

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