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#tellEWA Member Stories (March 25-31)
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“She was born this way, all of our trans kids were born this way, and there is nothing wrong with them.” Oklahoma parents who have embraced their transgender children’s journeys contemplate leaving the state  because of a wave of anti-transgender bills, Ben Felder explains for The Oklahoman.

Opposition to critical race theory and today’s book bans are reminiscent of earlier efforts in Alabama. Educators taught students from a former publisher’s history books until the early 2000s, but the books were removed after conservative groups opposed the accounts of slavery and Jim Crow. And another historian, too, saw state schools reject free copies of his books on Reconstruction, Rebecca Griesbach tells the history for


A North Carolina teacher quit after school leaders failed to address a child’s “escalating behavioral issues,” which included the 6-year-old student touching the teacher’s private parts, physically assaulting her and invading her personal space. The student was identified as being developmentally delayed, T. Keung Hui reports for The News & Observer.

Despite having advanced degrees, many teachers have to work second jobs. EdSurge’s Emily Tate interviewed 30 teachers who have at least one part-time job, and at least one teacher has kept the same side gig for 28 years!

A California instructor and her children previously lived in a van, parking it overnight in a secure area. Though she now has her own apartment, the “spirited Black woman in her forties who studied psychology in college” prepares meals for her former vehicle neighbors in the parking lot. Those living in their cars include students and their families who are also being helped by a local school district and other organizations, Betty Márquez Rosales details for EdSource.

California lawmakers are considering a proposal to increase state financial aid, or Cal Grants, for students attending private colleges. Supporters believe the measure will make private colleges more affordable for low-income students and increase diversity at the schools. But an advocacy organization warned the legislation could reduce the number of students who transfer from community colleges to private colleges, reports Carolyn Kuimelis for CalMatters.

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