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#tellEWA Member Stories (April 8-14)
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week:

It’s “impossible to tell whether high schools are complying with the federal Title IX law unless someone complains,” KQED’s Kara Newhouse found during a months-long investigation for the Povich Center for Sports Journalism and Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. The U.S. Department of Education often undercounts the sports opportunities for boys, making it difficult for girls who believe they are being denied equal opportunities.

The need for mental health services surged for young people in Springfield, Ohio during the pandemic. More than one-quarter of middle schoolers and a third of  high schoolers surveyed indicated “their mental health was either not good most of the time or always during COVID-19.” Many school districts and colleges are using state and federal funding to add or expand mental health programs, Brooke Spurlock reports for the Springfield News-Sun.

 

“No blood — not even fake blood — was, in fact, spilled.” Teenagers learned to draw someone’s blood from a prosthetic hand during a biomedical engineering pathway program in Akron, Ohio. The career preparatory high school began helping students earn industry credentials in phlebotomy and other health care specialties after all city high schools transitioned to a college and career academy model in 2019-20, Jennifer Pignolet details for the Akron Beacon Journal.

After Republican leaders labeled books about LGBTQ people as “pornographic” and targeted books on the history of racism, Texas education officials issued a model library materials policy that would give parents and school board trustees greater oversight in deciding what books are appropriate for K-12 students, Talia Richman explains for The Dallas Morning News.

Colorado has shortchanged special education programs in cash-strapped public schools for 16 years. State lawmakers are trying to make things right for the 12% of special education students affected and their overloaded teachers and aides. They’re preparing to pass a bill that would pump $80 million into teaching students with disabilities, Jenny Brundin reports for Colorado Public Radio.

“Today is English day!” EdSurge’s Nadia Tamez-Robledo reports on a dual-language school in Texas that is helping English Language Learners get caught up after pandemic disruptions. These students were disproportionately affected by the shift to remote instruction, research shows.

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