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September 29-October 6
What we're reading by EWA members this week

In the first story of a new series for The Hechinger Report, Lynell Hancock writes about Greenville, Mississippi, whose school district was the first in the state to “defy the governor and voluntarily offer real choice for white and black children to enroll in each other’s schools.”

 

One year after the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, the unity and solidarity of the surrounding community hasn’t waned, Andrew Theen reports for The Oregonian.

 

Boston Herald reporter Kathleen McKiernan finds that it isn’t just Massachusetts schools that send students with special needs home without following the proper procedures. “It is a significant national problem,” the National Disabilities Rights Network tells her.

 

Jeff Charis-Carlson of the Iowa City Press-Citizen interviews three generations of family members in this story about student debt and its role in the Iowa polls. 

 

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Dan Mihalopoulos and Lauren FitzPatrick team up for an investigative piece in which they write that the top attorney for Chicago Public Schools supervised work done by his old firm, from which he is still collecting severance pay. While the district claims this does not violate its code of ethics, one source says it “definitely is not in keeping with the spirit of the law.”

 

Writing for The Hechinger Report, Tiffany Lew has a story about “parachute kids” who come alone to the U.S. from China or Taiwan to study in American schools. She notes: “Some always knew they’d be coming to the U.S. for middle or high school because their parents had been planning for it from before their birth.” 

 

Jamaal Abdul-Alim of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports on a new “benefit corporation” college model, similar to for-profit colleges but not entirely beholden to shareholder interests.

 

Florida’s required intervention classes for middle school students struggling in math and reading mean depleted resources and student availability for Miami schools’ marching bands, Rowan Moore Gerety tells WLRN listeners. 

 

When a 12 year old from Honduras showed up in Nashville unable to speak English, his experience sparked the idea for a new charter school in the city, Nashville Newcomer Academy. Grace Tatter has more for Chalkbeat Tennessee.

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