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#tellEWA Member Stories (May 6-12)
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week:

“When I got pregnant, I had to stop going to college.” The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Nell Gluckman explores the many potential repercussions of overturning the Roe v. Wade protections of abortion rights: women who get pregnant may have to stop attending college; medical schools may no longer be able to teach safe abortion training; and higher education institutions in states that outlaw abortion may have difficulty attracting faculty.  

Because it must compete for a fixed amount of state funding, the University of South Florida has increasingly year over year kept many students – including those who are low-income, Black and Latino – on track to finishing their degrees in four or six years. In part one of a three-part series, Ed Source’s Larry Gordon compared the institution to California State University, showing how the Florida university could be a model for California and elsewhere.  


“We need protection from your poor judgment.” Michigan’s deadliest school shooting last November at Oxford High School won’t receive an independent investigation – at least not until criminal and civil litigation ends, a school board official said. After four students died, community members demanded the review, so this delay from board members has upset parents, Jennifer Chambers explains for The Detroit News.

“Is this legal?” Some school districts withhold recess as a punishment for misbehaving children, but research indicates this playtime is important for child development. Jackie Mader interviewed 18 parents and students and collected 60 other examples for The Hechinger Report to show what happened after children lost access to recess. She also detailed what resulted after some states passed laws to protect recess.

The Fort Worth school district and its board are once again dealing with a racist incident involving an educator. A teacher failed to prevent a student from repeatedly saying the “N-Word” during a class presentation – a less straightforward case than that of another teacher who was fired three years ago for anti-immigrant commentary on Twitter, Silas Allen explains for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Diana Lambert began following 12 students from the Class of 2022 for a new EdSource series. When they were sophomores, COVID-19 shutdown their schools, but these students proved resilient and resourceful through it all. Some students started businesses, took college courses, or worked on special projects during the closures. And now they’re looking to the future.

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