Member Stories

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Some of our favorite stories by EWA members this week

In Texas school districts, it’s often the men who are calling the shots. Shelby Webb of The Houston Chronicle explores why it’s the case that in a state where three out of four teachers are women, only one of five superintendents are female. Click here to bypass the story’s paywall.

Larry Gordon of EdSource explores the steps high schools, colleges and state agencies are taking to adjust to the new timeline the federal government established for families filing the all-important FAFSA.

Marta Jewson of The Lens writes a good one about a charter association’s ruling to shut down a school – without alerting the public to the school’s fate or the board meeting’s agenda.

Catherine Morris describes for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education the Posse Foundation’s new efforts to help veterans matriculate into top-tier colleges and provide support while they’re enrolled.

Grace Tatter of Chalkbeat Tennessee reports that half “of suspensions across Tennessee in the 2014-15 school year were handed out in just 8 percent of schools, many of which serve black students in Memphis.” Those numbers are down from past years.

A group called Border Crossers, based in New York City, trains school employees to talk about race. Demand for their services has “skyrocketed,” according to the group. This story was produced by Beth Fertig for WNYC and includes concrete pointers on how to address arguments about race between students.

California teachers are choosing to tap out of discussions about the presidential race with their students, Diana Lambert reports for The Sacramento Bee. They’ll talk about the general processes of governance and even show snippets of down-ballot debates, but the 2016 battle for the White House is too hot to handle for many educators.

Linda Lambeck of The Connecticut Post deftly examines the core differences between the federal government’s NAEP science results and Connecticut’s own state science assessments. Unsurprisingly, the NAEP results showed much lower proficiency scores.

“Detroit voters next month will take a major step toward returning the state’s largest school district back to self-governance, but first they’ll have to choose seven winners from a list of 63 candidates,” writes Shawn D. Lewis for The Detroit News.

Mary Niederberger reports for PublicSource about an advocacy group’s quest to not only raise awareness of the school-to-prison pipeline issue but also to propose reforms that could reduce the discrepancies in suspensions between white and black students.

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