Member Stories

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Highlighting some of our favorite stories by EWA members this week

What does it mean to be ready for colleges and careers? How can a state measure its schools’ progress in keeping students on pace to do well after high school? California officials are trying to answer these questions with the state’s forthcoming College and Career Readiness Indicator, reports Fermin Leal for EdSource.

Des Moines schools are venturing beyond the standard lunch fare of chicken nuggets to appeal to an increasingly diverse student body, reports Mackenzie Ryan for the Des Moines Register.

“Nationally, 13 percent of students – about 6.5 million – miss more than 15 days of school each year,” reports Stacy Teicher Khadaroo of the Christian Science Monitor. She examines a report that shows “just 4 percent of school districts account for half of chronically absent students.”

In the North, they’re just like us, but perhaps a bit more polite? Kristin Rushowy of the Toronto Star catches us up on a tumultuous few years of labor (er, labour) unrest in Ontario, Canada, and what the new peace may bring to schools.

Lisa Pemberton of The Olympian provides a neat roadmap for others to follow on how to write a back-to-school story that anticipates the new year by looking back into the past.

Devon Delfino writes for NerdWallet about tips other college students offer to manage school and part-time work responsibilities.

The closure of for-profit college ITT is a major setback for some students, reports Jennifer Pignolet of The Commercial Appeal.

Harold Pierce of The Bakersfield Californian offers this smart analysis of whether a district’s plan to send out mailers in support of a bond measure violates a recent ruling by the state’s attorney general barring public dollars from being spent on bond campaigns.

Eva-Marie Ayala of The Dallas Morning News presents us with a short but moving vignette about the unique challenges black male instructors encounter. 

“Is the federal government trying to take down the for-profit college industry?” That’s the headline for Danielle Douglas-Gabriel’s story for The Washington Post. 

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