Member Stories

#tellEWA Member Stories (Nov. 27-Dec. 3)
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week:

With an in-depth portrait of one second grader, The Washington Post’s Perry Stein looks at the high toll the pandemic is taking on students’ basic literacy skills in D.C. 

Writing for Chalkbeat, Jason Gonzales digs into whether the University of Colorado Boulder is meeting its mission to serve students from low-income families.  

What does school choice look like in a pandemic? WFAE’s Ann Doss Helms tags along on socially distanced campus tours to parochial and charter schools in Charlotte, N.C. 

In Nashville, some students are thriving with remote learning while others are struggling to keep up, reports The Tennessean’s Meghan Mangrum. 

The Argus Leader’s Shelly Conlon reports that the pandemic has curtailed much-needed services for deaf students.

In Dallas, a Montessori school is rethinking how to deliver its trademark “hands-on” learning opportunities for students amid COVID-19, writes Emily Donaldson of The Dallas Morning News. 

Also in Texas, Silas Allen reports for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the pandemic has spurred a troubling drop in local students applying for financial aid – and that could mean a corresponding decline in the college-going rate next fall. 

At the same time, Jon Marcus of The Hechinger Report writes that medical schools credit the “Fauci Effect” with contributing to a record number of applications from would-be doctors, who are inspired by the pandemic-era performance of the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 

In South Florida, the switch to remote learning turned into “an open window, not a closed door” for Grace, a 14-year-old student with autism who needs special education services, reports Jeffrey Solochek for the Tampa Bay Times. 

Reporting for The New York Times, Gail Cornwall and Kelly Glass write that with virtual learning, bias and microagressions are invading the place where students should arguably feel safest: their homes. 

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