Member Stories

#tellEWA Member Stories (Feb. 4-10)
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week:

Maryland’s largest school district named its next superintendent, the first woman in the role. The Montgomery County Public Schools board voted unanimously in favor of Monifa McKnight, who received a “no confidence” vote from the teachers’ union due to her pandemic response, Caitlynn Peetz details for Bethesda Magazine.

“I quite possibly ruined my family financially”: Health care workers participating in a federal student loan forgiveness program who lose their jobs face devastating fines of  tens – even hundreds – of thousands of dollars. The National Health Service Corps offers up-front money to pay off student loans to workers serving medically needed areas. But anyone who leaves the approved job – even if involuntarily – faces draconian financial penalties that can more than triple their debts, Rebecca Smith and Rebecca Ballhaus investigate for The Wall Street Journal.

 

A mostly white and wealthy Georgia neighborhood wants to secede from Atlanta to form its own exclusive school district, which is against state law. The Buckhead residents who want secession cited rising crime, potholes and homeless people in the city while opponents believe their intentions are racially motivated,” explains Linda Jacobson for The 74.

School boards in some conservative communities are announcing plans to defy the California governor’s school vaccine mandate this July. These board members could be fined or jailed for ignoring the law. And the districts – mostly in rural areas – could lose state funding, Diana Lambert and Ali Tadayon report for EdSource.

A Texas teacher picked up extra shifts driving school buses after transportation issues affected her students. Educators are pulling double duty as school districts across the state face bus driver, nurse and teacher shortages, Emily Donaldson and Talia Richman illustrate for The Dallas Morning News.

College teacher preparation programs are seeing declining interest and enrollment as some institutions cut education programs. Not giving up, some leaders are employing new strategies to recruit and train future teachers, Rebecca Koenig reports for EdSurge.

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