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#tellEWA Member Stories (April 15-21)
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“Old fears about gay people are being combined with newer concerns—and newly developed political tools.” Education Week’s Stephen Sawchuk investigated what’s driving anti-LGBTQ legislation across the U.S., providing six insights he gleaned from conversations with political scientists, historians, LGBTQ advocates, legal scholars, and lawmakers.

The largest teacher prep company in Texas failed to live up to its promises to potential teachers and didn’t meet key state standards. Some would-be teachers lost thousands of dollars after enrolling in the program. Emily Donaldson, Talia Richman and Corbett Smith of The Dallas Morning News detail how the company’s persistent missteps attracted the attention of state regulators amid a statewide teacher shortage.

 

The Florida Department of Education rejected more than 50 math textbooks because they “contained prohibited topics” that included references to critical race theory or failed to meet new state learning standards. State officials approved only one math textbook publisher: Houston-based Accelerate Learning, a company that explains its commitment to diversity and acknowledges systemic racism on its website, Tallahassee Democrat’s Ana Goñi-Lessan explains.

“They don’t see the need for someone who teaches digital literacy, media safety and research.” Due to a lack of state funding, the number of qualified teacher librarians in California has declined over the last eight years, which could be hurting students academically. Some school library staffers aren’t credentialed and may not have bachelor’s degrees, Diana Lambert reports for EdSource.

Texas is the “most deregulated teacher preparation landscape in the country.” Numerous teacher prep programs can go years without quality checks from authorities who don’t have power to correct poor business practices. During the state’s teacher shortage, this “wild west” atmosphere spells trouble as more potential teachers turn to for-profit, alternative programs, a reporting team for The Dallas Morning News explains.

“What they did was selfless and it’s going to help so many girls in the future.” Many high school girls lack the information to recognize Title IX violations and to demand change from school officials, but two California girls did after learning about the federal law in their government class and seeing how it applied to their softball experiences vis-à-vis the boys’ baseball experiences, reports Ashkan Motamedi for the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and Howard Center for Investigative Journalism.

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