Here's what we're reading by EWA members.
This week’s selection of member stories highlights a diverse set of articles from across the country.
In Austin, schools face a third year of decreasing enrollment, Melissa Taboada reports for The Austin American-Statesman. Meanwhile, a small school district in New Jersey is facing the opposite problem. Karen Yi of the Asbury Park Press has a great story on how schools are dealing with growing pains after a wave of growth among the city’s Hispanic immigrant population. Also on the K-12 front, Theresa Harrington of EdSource writes about the diversity gap between students and teachers and California districts’ efforts to combat it. In Las Vegas, schools are struggling to recruit teachers — of any race. Jessica Huseman has the details for Slate. Another news story from Nevada by Trevon Milliard of the Reno Gazette-Journal explores growing expectations for students to attend preschool, or “the new kindergarten.” At The Courier-Journal in Kentucky, Allison Ross offers a closer look at the state’s percentile rankings system after a superintendent’s speech promoting dramatic academic growth in the Jefferson County school district. Keung Hui of The News & Observer writes that North Carolina’s largest school district has blocked the Snapchat app on its WiFi network. There’s a bit of comic relief in the story too, as Hui highlights includes snippets of Twitter wars ignited by the policy change.
In WAMU’s latest documentary, “Lower Income, Higher Ed,” Kavitha Cardoza and team explore the broader challenges facing low-income college students and consider potential solutions to the nation’s low college completion rates. At the University of Maine, future teachers get lessons from virtual, avatar students, Nick McCrea of the Bangor Daily News reports.
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