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#tellEWA Member Stories (January 21-27)
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week:

Educators connected with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, seeing him as “one of their own,” but Cardona’s department has struggled with communicating to parents and responding to COVID-19, Linda Jacobson evaluates for The 74. 

“My grandmother sprays me in Lysol everyday … because she’s scared for me to come home from school”: High school students walked out of their Washington, D.C. classrooms to demand increased COVID-19 safety protocols, such as KN95 masks and remote learning options, reports Arthur Jones II for CBS News.

 

A history professor settled a lawsuit with Collin College, alleging the Texas community college violated her First Amendment rights after she tweeted criticisms of the school’s COVID-19 protocols. The college faces another lawsuit from a different professor whose contract also wasn’t renewed after she, too, questioned the school’s pandemic response, reports Talia Richman for The Dallas Morning News.

Tennessee law prevents public school systems from closing buildings and switching to remote learning without approval from the state’s top education official. Due to obstacles created by the spread of Omicron, many school leaders requested waivers to restart online learning, Samantha West and Marta W. Aldrich explain for Chalkbeat Tennessee.

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion promised to get her undergraduate degree in one of her popular songs. Not only did Megan graduate from Texas Southern University this past December, but she also inspired interest in the Historically Black College and University, Nadia Tamez-Robledo reports for EdSurge.

Kansas State University engineering students are designing, building, testing and planning to race a car as part of an international motorsports competition this June, AJ Dome details for The Mercury.

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