Member Stories

#tellEWA Member Stories (November 5-11)
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week:

NPR’s Anya Kamenetz and LA Johnson partnered to illustrate the more than 200-year history of schools requiring vaccines to reduce deaths and eliminate contagious diseases, such as polio and measles. Schools are likely to follow suit with COVID-19 vaccinations. 

Nine Georgia schools temporarily closed due to logistical challenges caused by a parade honoring the Atlanta Braves. The parade attracted fans of all ages, including students who skipped school or got permission to do so, reports Vanessa McCray for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Medical exemptions quadrupled in California after the state required all eligible students to be vaccinated for COVID-19. California officials are disciplining doctors who issued suspicious exemptions to families, reports Tawnell D. Hobbs for The Wall Street Journal

California parents are questioning whether to vaccinate their children for COVID-19 due to widespread misinformation, so Diana Lambert of EdSource drafted a quick explainer. 

After cracking down on schoolbooks related to race, gender and sexuality, Texas officials are now investigating whether pornography is available in public schools. The latest directive comes from the governor who didn’t say what he considers to be porn in books, reports Talia Richman for The Dallas Morning News.

Many teachers felt they needed to display a can-do attitude and mask their emotions during the pandemic. A teacher profiled by KQED’s Kara Newhouse took the opposite approach, deciding to be truthful about challenges and uncertainty to help her students do the same.

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