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#tellEWA Member Stories (June 17-23)
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“I realized how much I’ve done this in my life, segmenting off parts of myself.” Adolfo Guzman-Lopez details growing up as an undocumented student in part six of the Imperfect Paradise podcast from LAist. Guzman-Lopez kept his status a secret from friends: He believed he would get kicked out of school, but he nearly spilled the beans during his last year of high school.

“As a Black woman who has a Black son in the school system, it just puts me on edge.” The number of new school police departments surged in Texas following a 2018 school shooting near Houston. While elected officials are calling for more officers in schools after the latest shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, some warn the increased presence of police doesn’t make them feel safe, María Méndez reports for The Texas Tribune.


A historically Black university in a predominantly white area, Lincoln University, has a student population that is 40% white. The president describes it as an HBCU, with a second mission as a regional university. While an alumnus believes all students are welcome, he doesn’t think its identity has changed because it enrolls white students: “It’s a Black university—and you’re welcome to come,” Sara Weissman writes for Inside Higher Ed.

Chalkbeat Chicago’s Samantha Smylie speaks to 16 valedictorians who were sophomores when Illinois schools shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The students detail how they got through turbulent times in education and offer advice to their first-year selves.

“Every school that I’ve taught at in my 13-year career, I’ve been the only Black teacher.” While many Colorado school districts have retained most of their teachers during the pandemic, they’re still struggling to recruit educators of color, explains Jenny Brundin of Colorado Public Radio.

Mississippi went from “one of America’s poorest and least-educated states” to a “fast-rising powerhouse,” Kevin Mahnken explains for The 74. State education leaders and lawmakers improved the education system over the past 20 years. Their efforts resulted in students’ earning impressive reading and math scores on National Assessment of Educational Progress exams in 2019.

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