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#tellEWA Member Stories (February 25-March 3)
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Five scholars who were denied tenure spoke to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s reporters about the aftermath, including their loss of identity and livelihood. Switching to a non-tenure role isn’t always possible. Some higher ed systems prevent professors from ever working at the university in which they were denied tenure.

“It brings everybody together”: About 100 in three high schools students took “History of Us,” one of the few in-depth Black history courses offered in Alabama public schools. The elective prioritizes local history in a state shaped by the civil rights movement. But as legislation restricting the teaching of race gains momentum in the state, educators fear their efforts to teach history honestly could be impeded, Rebecca Griesbach reports for


The 74’s Jo Napolitano captures how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is affecting international students and faculty with personal connections to the European country. Among the 1,700 Ukrainian students studying in America, a Dartmouth student struggled to focus on coursework as her parents in Ukraine witnessed violence, climbed in and out of bomb shelters, and then, ultimately, fled their home.

A Utah school district abandoned a social-emotional learning program after two mothers called for its removal, claiming the program taught critical race theory and comprehensive sex education. The program’s creator disputes these claims. As spending has increased on SEL programs, parents, conservatives and liberals are pushing back for different reasons, explains Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report.

The push to designate a state fruit for Kansas went statewide after fourth graders and their teacher organically started the effort. After an in-depth process, 400 students across the state helped select a state fruit and then began urging lawmakers to make their decision a reality, Rafael Garcia reports for The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Financial aid applications are down 12% in California, even though high school students are once again learning in-person, and thus can meet face to face with counselors. Education officials worry the pandemic disrupted college plans for vulnerable students, Jill Replogle reports for LAist.

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