September 25 – October 2
Here's what we're reading by EWA members.
This week’s collection of #TellEWA includes stories of warmth and despair with fine narrative, and examples of savvy data analysis.
Hannah Sparling paints a somber picture of a school where student poverty is so extreme, school leaders store food and clothing to distribute to the young learners. The story is on the heels of the “good news” that the poverty rate among Cincinnati kids dipped below 50 percent. But that data point obscures the extent to which families are hampered by incomes that float around $14,000.
Numbers don’t tell the tale in Chicago, where school officials were forced to recalculate the city’s official graduation rate after a WBEZ investigation learned that 2,200 students across 25 district high schools were wrongly classified as transfer students when in fact they dropped out.
Elsewhere, on the higher education front, the U.S. Senate said sayonara to the nation’s oldest federal college loan program, reports Inside Higher Ed; Danielle Douglas-Gabriel explores the often burdensome residential expenses colleges force students to pay; while Katherine Long considers why so few universities pick school presidents from within.
Several stories tackle teacher shortages, including one by WNYC that reveals a dearth of instructors fluent in Bengali, while others deal with test scores, laptops and the thrill of learning about solids by playing in mud.
And last but not least, Grace Tatter at Chalkbeat Tennessee gets the skinny on a landmark study that puts into question many of the stated benefits of state-financed pre-K programs.
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