Member Stories

October 27-November 3
What we're reading by EWA members this week

Alia Wong of The Atlantic writes about Donald Trump’s appeal to preschoolers, in whose world ”the bossy, aggressive, selfish kids thrive at the expense of their less-bossy, less-aggressive, less-selfish peers,” according to a new study.

 

Benjamin Herold and Arianna Prothero team up with other members of the Education Week staff for a months-long investigation into the cyber charter school industry. 

 

Jamaal Abdul-Alim of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education digs into a new report on the racial and social class disparities in college graduation rates.

 

Tara García Mathewson reports for Education Dive about new accountability measures under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that require states to report per-pupil expenditures for every district and school on annual report cards.

 

Amy Scott of Marketplace reports on “a little known reason why students have so much debt” and the U.S. Department of Education’s new experiment to see if more loan counseling could help students make better decisions about borrowing to pay for college. 

 

Dylan Peers McCoy of Chalkbeat Indiana writes that the Washington, D.C.-based PAC affiliated with Teach For America has contributed thousands of dollars to a school board candidate in a small school district’s non-pivotal election. And it’s unclear why.

 

Dan Carsen of WBHM looks at an adult literacy program in Birmingham, Alabama. In a five-county area surrounding the city, there are more than 90,000 adults who have trouble reading and writing, he reports. 

 

Beth Fertig of WNYC examines how New York City’s high school matching process sometimes leads to students attending theme schools they didn’t want to attend, while edging out others who did.

 

Kelly Mae Ross has a story for U.S. News & World Report about community colleges, “a uniquely American type of an institution,” working to support international students. 

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