Member Stories

#tellEWA Member Stories (Feb. 11-17)
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week:

Vanderbilt University researchers followed two groups of low-income students from pre-K to sixth grade, tracking their school readiness and performance on standardized tests. The students who started in a free public pre-K program did worse in school than those rejected from the program, resulting in bad news for the researchers and childhood advocates, reports Anya Kamenetz for NPR.

Juvenile detention facilities traditionally weren’t designed to meet inmates’ postsecondary education needs. After some youth received longer sentences, leaders in New Jersey, Utah and California developed or made efforts to increase college programming, Charlotte West explains for Open Campus.

 

The Statesman Journal’s Claire Withycombe fact checks Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s claim that graduation rates rose by 8% under her seven-year leadership. Overall, from 2014 to 2021, graduation rates rose even more – by nearly 12% – even though graduation rates fell slightly from 2020 to 2021.

Black parents attended a training session on how to spot and fight critical race theory. Speaking briefly, the parents were told to “Shut the f— up.” White conservatives have dominated local and national discussions over how race should be taught in schools, excluding the perspectives of Black parents, Talia Richman of The Dallas Morning News explains.

The 74’s Linda Jacobson recounts the past 700 days since the ongoing cycle of school closings and re-openings began due to COVID-19. She marked the third spring of educational disruption by speaking with stakeholders across the country for an oral history project.

Enrollment in New Orleans’ all-charter school district fell more than 2 % since last spring, contributing to the upcoming closure of two schools. Marta Jewson of The Lens shares that the decline also reflects a statewide trend.

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