#tellEWA Member Stories (Feb. 18-24)
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week:
Oakland’s Mills College is among the fewer than 40 women’s colleges left in the U.S. That number will shrink further this June when the 170-year-old college merges with Northeastern University in Boston, illustrating the financial challenges private colleges face and the shift to co-ed campuses, Juhi Doshi reports for CalMatters.
“By staying quiet on the way systemic injustice impacts children, you are pulling the wool over their eyes”: Amid debate over the teaching of race and racism in schools, Linda K. Wertheimer examines established ethnic studies programs in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and San Francisco for The Boston Globe Magazine. Students who took ethnic studies courses got better grades and graduated at higher rates than those who didn’t.
A growing number of students of color who graduated within the top 10% of their Texas high schools aren’t taking advantage of their guaranteed admission to in-state public colleges. Texas officials worry that talented Black, Latino and low-income students facing family pressure to make money quickly are sacrificing their long-term career prospects, reports Valeria Olivares for The Dallas Morning News.
“They said 10 days that I had to be alone, but it turned out it was two years.” Two Colorado teenagers wrote and produced a song called “Omicron Standard Time,” which details how the pandemic affected teens’ lives. The isolation youth experienced was perhaps the hardest part, writes Jenny Brundin for Colorado Public Radio.
All 40 Sonoma County, California superintendents called on state and local government officials to ease pressure on their staff and budgets from COVID-19. In a signed letter, the administrators requested elected officials shift the burden of COVID-19 testing, isolation and quarantines from school staff to health care providers, explains Kaylee Tornay for The Press Democrat.
Children who were only 4 years old when the pandemic started are struggling to adjust to in-person school for the first time. Now in the first grade, these young learners missed crucial lessons on how to behave in school because of virtual Kindergarten, and now their teachers must catch them up on these procedures and academics, Claire McInerny reports for KUT 90.5.
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