Member Stories

October 13-20
Some of our favorite stories by EWA members this week

Who will win the U.S. presidential election? Just ask America’s schoolchildren, who have accurately predicted the last 13 presidential elections, Greg Toppo of USA TODAY reports. This year’s nationwide mock election showed a landslide victory for Hillary Clinton.

 

Chicago could become the first U.S. city to cap its number of charter schools using a union contract, Lauren FitzPatrick writes for the Chicago Sun-Times.

 

Jon Marcus of The Hechinger Report examines the unexpected pros and cons of Germany’s free college tuition plan.

 

In a story for Cronkite News, Claire Caulfield reports that although the U.S. high school graduation rate reached an all-time high in 2015, Arizona still lags behind the nation. State education officials plan to focus resources in low-income areas and Native American reservations in hopes of narrowing the gap, she writes.  

 

Miami-Dade County Public Schools did away with out-of-school suspensions last year, yet students are still being sent home for disruptive behavior “off-the-books,” Rowan Moore Gerety tells WLRN listeners. 

 

NerdWallet’s Devon Delfino writes that college graduates in Minnesota, New Jersey and Texas are most likely to have risky state loans, according to a new report from The Institute for College Access & Success.

 

Molly Bloom and Jennifer Peebles of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution team up for a story about online credit recovery courses which are “awful if someone really wants to learn,” one source says.

 

When Arizona State University opened a campus in Phoenix 10 years ago, it “spurred private development nearby to transform what was once an empty part of the city.” Gabrielle Russon writes for the Orlando Sentinel that the University of Central Florida hopes to emulate the Southwest city.

 

Reporting for StateImpact Indiana, Peter Balonon-Rosen has a story on dual-language instruction being used as a strategy to educate migrant workers’ preschool-aged children.

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