Member Stories

September 4 – 11
Here's what we're reading by EWA members.

This week’s #TellEWA offerings have your recommended doses of presidential-campaign fact-checking, data that confounds, and news from a conservative state that has embraced new, tougher science standards.

The smart scribes at Education Week attempt to measure how much credit governors who are running for president can claim for the positive academic gains in their home states. And Dan Carsen, a reporter for an NPR member station in Alabama, explains that one reason pushback to new science standards was limited might be that state officials asked critics to cite problems with specific aspects of the standards, rather than opposing “the whole effort on principle,” Carsen wrote.

Katherine Long of The Seattle Times produced two strong stories: one that looks at how colleges are tailoring math instruction to students who likely won’t need higher-level algebra in their careers, much less calculus; and another story exploring why, despite higher graduation rates and higher average SAT scores, the University of Washington lost ground in the latest U.S.News & World Report rankings. Elsewhere in postsecondary education, Michael Stratford of Inside Higher Ed fleshes out the details of a landmark study which concluded that much of the student debt bubble can be traced back to for-profit and community college students.

Eleanor Chute of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette describes how teachers in largely low-income schools are doubling as social workers for their disadvantaged students. Relatedly, Lillian Mongeau has another sterling piece about a principal struggling to retain talented young teachers at his underperforming school because he can’t offer desirable salaries.

Finally, Illinois students might perform well on late-night ‘gotcha’ cams quizzing folks on civics education. Why? The state has ushered in a prescriptive civics course that all public school students must take before earning a diploma, writes Diane Rado of the Chicago Tribune. 

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