What we're reading by EWA members this week
In an article for Harper’s Magazine, “Held Back: Battling for the Fate of a School District,” Alexandria Neason digs into the financial and racial turmoil facing Detroit’s public schools.
As the University of West Florida seeks a new president, students want to know whether their next leader will support the Black Lives Matter movement, Jessica Bakeman writes for Politico.
Students in Coachella Valley, California, marched six miles in stormy weather this week to show their support for teachers, who face stalled contract negotiations with the school district over a salary dispute. Kristen Hwang has the details for The Desert Sun.
“When ITT Tech announced last week that it was closing its doors, blaming aggressive regulations by the federal government, it was more evidence to many in the for-profit college sector that the Obama administration aims to regulate their sector out of existence,” Andrew Kreighbaum of Inside Higher Ed reports. He continues: “The GOP — which attacked the Obama as antibusiness for executive actions on issues like EPA regulations and has in the past been a public champion of the for-profit sector — has been fairly muted in its response.”
Caroline Bauman analyzes data from 21 school closures in Memphis, Tennessee, finding that about half of the students affected don’t actually end up in better schools.
Reporting for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sarah Brown interviews four professors about their mental illnesses and notes that in the field of academe, ”scholars with a mental illness, neurobiological disorder, or learning disorder often find themselves struggling in silence.”
As the Hispanic population grows in Oklahoma, so does school segregation, Ben Felder reports for The Oklahoman. He writes that Hispanic students in the state’s capital are segregated at the same rate that black students were in the early 1970s.
The Los Angeles Times’ Rosanna Xia has a piece about college students studying science who are practicing their communication skills by editing Wikipedia pages into laymen’s terms.
Natalie Pate of the Statesman Journal writes, “Though Oregon’s graduation rates are among the lowest in the country and the state is among the lowest in school funding, it must be doing something right. New research rates Oregon as the most attractive state for teachers.”
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