Member Stories

September 8 – September 15
Highlighting some of our favorite stories by EWA members this week

Melinda Anderson for The Atlantic: “The study suggests that as the portion of students of color in the school increased, so did the odds that the school would rely on more intense surveillance methods.”

“I think that if a perfect job were done listening to students’ concerns, we would not need to protest so often, complain so much.” Two leaders of student unions representing 730,000 undergraduate and graduate learners in California’s public universities speak about what’s on the minds of learners across higher ed in the Golden State. Larry Gordon of EdSource has the story.

“The closure last week of 130 ITT Technical Institute campuses, sending more than 30,000 students scrambling to figure out their next steps, is probably not the end of trouble for the already reeling for-profit education sector,” writes Goldie Blumenstyk for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“Here’s why Memphis’ next round of school closings won’t be just about saving money,” writes Laura Faith Kebede for Chalkbeat Tennessee.

“Connecticut offers free mental health services to all preschool programs that request them. As concerns grow about suspensions of young children, the approach greatly reduces troubling behaviors, a new study finds,” begins this story by Stacy Teicher Khadaroo of The Christian Science Monitor.

This Louisiana district and the federal government are splitting the $133,000 price tag for workbooks and manuals to boost local students’ ACT scores, a result officials hope will lead to more student scholarships and state prestige, explains Amanda McElfresh of The Advertiser.

Find out what’s on the mind of the former U.S. education secretary, Arne Duncan, and his diagnosis of Chicago’s education woes, in this interview with Lauren Camera of U.S. News & World Report.

Bennet Goldstein of the Telegraph Herald offers an intimate look at how one college recognized it had a student hunger problem and sought to address it.

In Bridgeport, Connecticut, squabbling among adults may significantly compromise the educations of young learners, reports Linda Lambeck of The Connecticut Post: “A feud between school board members now threatens the return of kindergarten paraprofessionals and a plan to make students walk longer distances to school.”

“Four out-of-state billionaires — including the Wal-Mart heirs and Michael Bloomberg — and two New York lobbying groups have pumped in most of the $11.5 million raised this year for ballot Question 2 to lift the cap on charter schools, while three major teachers’ unions have doled out $6.7 million to keep the cap, campaign finance reports show.” So begins a story by Kathleen McKienan of The Boston Herald.

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