Member Stories

#tellEWA Member Stories (December 17-22)
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week:

Chalkbeat Chicago’s Samantha Smylie reports on Illinois students who chronically missed school due to pandemic-caused problems, such as the death of loved ones, quarantines, and the school bus driver shortage.

“We can’t walk down our own neighborhood without being looked down on.” Gentrification of a Denver neighborhood is eroding the cultural heritage and sense of belonging of Hispanic students at the local high school. Working through their emotions, the students chronicled the environmental changes via photographs and poems, explains Elizabeth Hernandez for The Denver Post.

The Post and Courier’s Jennifer Berry Hawes and Seanna Adcox document the rise of a major teacher-led movement to reform education in South Carolina and explain how the effort fizzled out. 

A little-known program helps independent child care providers access federal Early Head Start funding to improve their quality and stability. The program also addresses some of the child care issues President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan is trying to solve, The Hechinger Report’s Jackie Mader reports.

In an effort to keep their enrollment numbers up, officials at many of Chicago’s traditional public schools kept struggling students in traditional schools rather than allow them to transfer to alternative schools designed for such students. As a result, many alternative schools  saw declining enrollment, Mila Koumpilova reports for Chalkbeat and the Chicago Sun-Times.

After grappling with the pandemic, student challenges and political issues, some school superintendents in Texas quit or retired, prompting concerns about future turnover, reports Talia Richman for The Dallas Morning News.

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