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#tellEWA Member Stories (July 15-21)
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week:

“You should be a lot more famous than you are.” A University of North Texas professor was part of a musical project that won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition last April. Lucinda Breeding-Gonzales profiles the longtime music teacher for the Denton Record-Chronicle.

“If you were to ask people to name a state involved in the business of slavery, Rhode Island probably would never come up.” Enslaved Black people helped build Newport and are a huge part of the city’s history, yet they’re not mentioned in the state’s school textbooks. Asher Lehrer-Small of The 74 highlights this “intentionally disremembered” history amid nationwide conservative activism against lessons on race.


An incarcerated man in Iowa gained acceptance into a Ph.D. program, but he can only pursue his doctorate in person. If the governor of Illinois – where the man was originally sentenced – gives him clemency by August, he’ll be able to attend the University of Iowa fully funded. Writing for Open Campus, Charlotte West explains how this “bookworm ended up behind bars” and examines how education factors into clemency petitions.

The Indianapolis Star’s Caroline Beck highlights two Indiana school programs that incorporate social-emotional learning and put together a resource list for families with children who may be struggling with social-emotional skills.

California State University reports graduation rates of “underrepresented minorities” together, rather than separately, obscuring the fact that Black students are falling behind other ethnic groups. Examining the disaggregated data, Mikhail Zinshteyn of CalMatters shows that the nation’s largest public university system isn’t as close to narrowing the achievement gap for Black students as it may appear.

A Wisconsin school district revised its school dress code policy to be more inclusive and equitable, starting with the 2022-23 school year. The old policy had rules that often played out in racist and sexist ways, explains AnnMarie Hilton for the Appleton Post-Crescent.

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