Member Stories

October 30-November 6
Here's what we're reading by EWA members.

This week’s well-rounded batch of member stories brings you a great mix of data, smart takes, heartwarming anecdotes and more to keep you reading. 

At U.S. News & World Report, Lauren Camera takes a closer look at the 50-year-old Higher Education Act and what it has meant for students who depend on it to pay for college. In a new federal financial aid experiment, needy students enrolled in dual-enrollment classes may be eligible to have their tuition, books and fees paid for, writes Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of The Washington Post. Along those lines, Steve Kolowich examines the number of students on college campuses who have trouble paying for food and may not know how to ask for help.

At the Los Angeles Times, Teresa Watanabe spent two years following an incarcerated teen from her high school graduation in prison to her recent release for a story which poses the question, “Can the ‘worst kid ever’ survive probation camp and thrive?” Leslie Portal of the Orlando Sentinel files another gripping tale about beating the odds, this one about a Florida State University student without a family who hopes a degree in business will help him transform the foster care system he grew up in. 

Stories of discrimination on college campuses continue. At the University of Cincinnati, an activist group known as the Irate 8 reacts to “sickening” social media posts, including one telling members to “put a gun in your mouth and pull the trigger,” Hannah Sparling reports for the Cincinnati Enquirer. And at Yale, students say a fraternity Halloween party had a “white girls only” policy. 

Also among our picks is Catalyst Chicago’s take on how the corruption case of former Chicago schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett could have implications elsewhere. In Colorado, Chalkbeat reporters Eric Gorski, Todd Engdahl and Nicholas Garcia examine why conservative education reformers lost big in the election this week. It may have something to do with “reinvigorated teachers unions” and fed up parents, they write. 

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