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A collection of the most recent education journalism, curated by EWA staff. 

A collection of the most recent education journalism, curated by EWA staff. 

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‘No Exceptions, No Questions Asked’: Progressives Propose Legislation Canceling All Student-Loan Debt

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ilhan Omar on Monday proposed legislation to cancel all federal and private student-loan debt, carried by about 45 million Americans.

Sanders’s proposal also calls for free tuition and fees at two- and four-year public colleges, and $1.3 billion a year to support students at historically black colleges and universities. Sanders, a Vermont Independent, proposed paying for the plan through taxes on Wall Street transactions in stocks, bonds, and derivatives.

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June 14 – June 20
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The nation’s seventh-largest school district is embarking on a massive effort to address students’ challenges outside the classroom, reports Jacob Carpenter for the Houston Chronicle.

For The Christian Science Monitor, Stacy Teicher Khadaroo examines a historic vote at Georgetown University and what it reveals about the national dialogue over a call for reparations for slavery.

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Immigrants Brought Riches to Urban Schools. Now They’re in the Shadows.

The influx of poor immigrant families brought a flood of resources as the school’s official poverty rate rose above 90 percent: an after-school program, three interpreters and a steady infusion of federal funding.

But in recent years, as the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown began to reverberate through the nation’s public schools, the students who had been such a fiscal asset have turned into a budgetary liability. 

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June 7 – June 13
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A plan to close a predominantly black high school in Michigan is unfolding as the first crisis of Gretchen Whitmer’s governorship, writes Jennifer Chambers for The Detroit News.

The Rivard Report’s Emily Donaldson examines how a lack of paid maternity leave can create challenges for Texas teachers planning a family.

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Senator Offers Legislation to Respond to Admissions Scandal

Donations — many of them anything but charitable — are at the heart of the admissions scandal. Using a sham foundation, parents paid off coaches, in part with donations to their programs. Then the donors’ sons and daughters ended up on lists of recruited athletes, easing their admission to competitive colleges. Everything was fake. The foundation was a tool for money laundering.

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Educators Worry a Census Citizenship Question Would Lead to Less Funding

The anticipated undercount of people and poverty, driven by the reluctance of immigrant communities and Hispanic households to complete the census if the citizenship question is included, is expected to have a devastating impact on federal K-12 funding for school districts that serve the most vulnerable students.

Ahead of the high court’s decision, educators across the country are bracing themselves for billions of dollars in critical resources that could be lost and they’re scrambling to develop ways to minimize the undercount.

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May 31 – June 6
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Despite privacy concerns, America’s schools are increasingly monitoring students’ online lives, reports Education Week’s Benjamin Herold.

WAMU’s Jenny Abamu continues exploring schools’ use of restraint and seclusion, and why it often goes unreported.

For USA Today, Erin Richards and Matt Wynn examine how teachers’ salaries stack up to the cost of living in cities across the country.

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Baltimore Redux: Students Bring Positive Perspective To City’s Story

Ma’kayla Hill rocks on her pink and white sneakers as she presents her poster. On one side, her stick-figure cartoons depict the way people often see Baltimore: A man shoots a boy who owes him money; the victim’s sister runs to get their mother; her speech bubble reads, “OMG My Son.” “But my perspective of Baltimore City is everyone having fun … at our friend’s house or at a playground,” the eighth-grader says, pointing to the other side, with drawings of kids on swings. “Baltimore can be a wonderful place once we all come together.” 

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How Democrats Got Radical on the Cost of College

The presidential-election cycle has barely begun but one thing is already clear: The Democratic candidates want to talk about student debt. No surprise there; the trillion-dollar student-loan bubble has captured the national imagination in ways few higher-education issues have, and candidates are essentially obligated to have a plan to address it.

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Report: Teacher Mindsets: How Educators’ Perspectives Shape Student Success

This report explores the critical importance of “teacher mindsets,” or teachers’ attitudes, beliefs, and practices, in fortifying students’ investment in learning. We profile several schools in the forefront of that work, schools that have begun to use the new findings on teacher mindsets to shift adult belief and behaviors in ways that strengthen students’ view of themselves as learners and their motivation to learn.

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Another Way Wealthy Parents Game College Admissions: Extra Time On The SAT and ACT

Wealthy parents illegally paying bribes so their kids could get extra time to take the SAT or ACT exam is a central part of the college admissions scandal. And while what Caplan and other accused parents did is illegal, higher education analysts say students living in affluent, suburban towns like Greenwich are much more likely to get extra time — legally. In 2011, The College Board, the nonprofit that runs the SAT, received 80,000 requests for extended time. Five years later, that number doubled to 160,000.

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Black Students in Charter Schools Are More Likely to Have Black Teachers

Black students in charter schools are more likely to have black teachers than their peers in traditional public schools, which can lead to academic gains in math, a new study shows. 

The study published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a right-leaning think tank that also authorizes charter schools in Ohio, examined data from grades 3 to 5 in North Carolina’s traditional and charter public schools, from 2006-07 through 2012-13. 

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Districts Struggle to Hire Black Teachers. Is the Solution Hiring More Black Principals?

School districts across the country struggle to hire staff that reflect changing student demographics. But could the answer to that ongoing problem lie in developing a strategy to hire more principals of color? 

A working paper by Jason Grissom, an associate professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University, and Brendan Bartanen, a doctoral student at the university, strongly suggests yes.

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May 24 – May 30
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In an investigation for the Connecticut Mirror and ProPublica, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas examines how some of the state’s richest towns fight to maintain housing segregation, and the implications for schools.

A Texas school district’s sex education curriculum could be in jeopardy as the state looks to limit business with Planned Parenthood, reports Melissa Taboada for the Austin American-Statesman.

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Lost Days: Poverty, Isolation Drive Students Away From School In California’s Rural Districts

Twenty-six percent, or about 600 students, at Oroville Union High School District were chronically absent during the 2017-18 school year, according to an EdSource analysis of California Department of Education data.

Statewide, more than 700,000 students, or about 11 percent, were chronically absent. About 10 percent of the 1,000 districts statewide had rates near the level of Oroville Union High’s or significantly higher. Most of those districts were in rural areas, the analysis found:

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Underpaid, Undertrained, Unlicensed: In Palm Beach County’s Largest Charter School Chain, 1 In 5 Teachers Weren’t Certified To Teach

Renaissance Charter Schools grew into Palm Beach County’s largest charter school chain with seven years of promises about cutting-edge classrooms and innovative teaching.

But as the schools market themselves to parents with personalized lessons and extended school days, their classrooms are staffed with an extraordinary number of temporary and uncertified teachers, a Palm Beach Post investigation found.

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Colleges Challenge a Common Protection in Sexual Assault Lawsuits: Anonymity

For years, students have filed sexual assault complaints under pseudonyms, which allow them to seek justice without shame or fear of being targeted. Universities have generally accepted the practice.

But in two recent lawsuits — a case against Florida A&M University and a suit by nine women against Dartmouth College — the schools have demanded that students publicly reveal their identities, going against longstanding legal practice intended to protect plaintiffs in sensitive disputes.

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May 17 – May 23
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For Houston Public Media, Laura Isensee tells the story of one teenager’s slow struggle to rebuild her life after a school shooter nearly took it from her.

The nation’s student loan forgiveness program for public servants is a disaster, writes Kimberly Hefling for Politico.

In a growing number of cities, taxpayers are choosing to foot the bill for high-quality public pre-K, writes Brenda Iasevoli for The Hechinger Report.

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Louisville Students Lack Proof Of Vaccination, Risking A Measles Outbreak

Thousands of Jefferson County students went to classes this year without their schools ever knowing if they were vaccinated against measles or other highly contagious diseases.

A Courier Journal analysis of vaccination reports found that more than 4,300 students attending Jefferson County Public Schools had no record as of March that they received their shots for measles, mumps and rubella.

That’s despite a state law requiring students to hand in those records within two weeks of enrollment. 

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Aide Hit Autistic Pupil In Past But Allowed Back Into Classroom

A teacher’s aide recently caught on secret recordings berating autistic children at a Pembroke Pines elementary school has gotten in trouble before for her treatment of a student.

Five years ago, Joyce Latricia Bradley, was accused of striking and bruising a 10-year-old autistic boy with a marker after he misbehaved in class. Months after her arrest for misdemeanor battery in September 2014, Broward prosecutors dropped the case, acknowledging something many South Florida parents don’t realize.

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Can Pay Raises Help Rural Texas Districts Like Buffalo Retain Teachers?

If you’re not from Buffalo, Texas, you probably won’t end up there.

That’s how Greg Kennedy sees it from his vantage point as junior high principal in a building that used to be his high school and was his uncle’s high school before that. Once bustling with eager oil field workers, the sparsely populated town halfway between Houston and Dallas counts Buffalo Independent School District as one of its main employers.

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Many More Students, Especially the Affluent, Get Extra Time to Take the SAT

At Scarsdale High School north of New York City, one in five students is eligible for extra time or another accommodation such as a separate room for taking the SAT or ACT college entrance exam.

At Weston High School in Connecticut, it is one in four. At Newton North High School outside Boston, it’s one in three.

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More High-School Students Are Using This Hack to Get a Head-Start on College — but the Poorest Students Are Being Left Behind

“That was wild.”

That’s how Victor Orduna describes his life as a teenager in southwest Chicago’s Gage Park neighborhood. And he isn’t talking about partying with friends or other high-school high-jinks.

Orduna is referring to his schedule. The now 19-year old would wake up around 6:30 a.m., head to his high school until the late afternoon, and then clock in for his job at a local supermarket, where he’d bag groceries until 10:30 p.m. Some weekends, Orduna worked the late shift at a pizzeria, slinging pizzas and cooking burgers until 1:30 a.m.

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Inside the Nationwide Effort to Tackle the $1.5 Trillion Student-Debt Crisis — With the Help of High-School Students

There’s not much Barack Obama and Betsy DeVos see eye-to-eye on.

But the 44th president of the United States and the Trump administration’s controversial education secretary have found some common ground.

Obama and DeVos — as well as many local, state and federal politicians — have heralded the idea of students taking college courses and earning college credits while still in high school.

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Adenovirus at the University of Maryland: Officials Waited 18 Days to Inform Students of the Threat

It had been six days since Olivia Shea Paregol walked out of the University of Maryland health center without an answer for why she felt so awful.

Now, the 18-year-old freshman was curled up in the fetal position on the floor of her dorm room at Elkton Hall in College Park, her brown hair resting on the shaggy white rug. She warned her friends, Sarah Hauk and Riley Whelan, to stay away from a plastic bag where she had just vomited.

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Many School Districts Hesitate to Say Students Have Dyslexia. That Can Lead to Problems.

Nearly half of the students in Montgomery County Public Schools underperformed on reading exams last year.

Sarah and Jay Friedman’s daughter was among them. But unlike many of the other 78,000 underperforming students, Friedman’s daughter wasn’t just missing benchmarks on tests — she had severe dyslexia that had gone undiagnosed for years.

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Deserted in the Desert

Thousands of records examined by the Las Vegas Review-Journal show a yearslong history of abuse and neglect allegations at Northwest Academy, a private boarding school for at-risk youth.

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May 3 – May 16
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In the months before the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch, some parents raised concerns about bullying and inadequate security, reports Jenny Brundin for Colorado Public Radio.

The two school shootings in as many weeks have prompted officials to discuss the risk of students confronting active shooters, writes Tawnell Hobbs for The Wall Street Journal.

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A Mock Funeral Aims to Help Students Bury Their Pain

By the time the last student walked past the open casket, hundreds of notes were piled inside, bits of pain the mourners hoped to bury.

The casket was real, but the funeral was symbolic, staged at a west-side Atlanta high school surrounded by poverty. It began with gospel music blasting through the gym. A pastor preached redemption and self-worth. Grieving mothers remembered their teenage sons, whose real funerals were just last year.

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Mississippi Education: Lawmakers Funnel Millions to Connected Companies

Top lawmakers carve out millions of dollars for handpicked education vendors and pet projects each year, bypassing state bid laws and steering money to companies that know the right people or hire the right lobbyists.

A Clarion Ledger analysis of education appropriations for the last four years uncovered millions of dollars in earmarks for select vendors — most of them represented by three lobbying firms. In at least four cases, key lawmakers received campaign contributions from vendors who received those earmarks.

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Free Press Reporter David Jesse Named Top Education Reporter in U.S.

Detroit Free Press higher education reporter David Jesse was honored as the top education reporter in the country for 2018 by the Education Writers Association.

Jesse was recognized for his coverage of the Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University and work he did with Free Press investigative reporter Matthew Dolan on the University of Michigan’s endowment.

EWA — made up of the nation’s education journalists — presented Jesse with the award at its annual conference earlier this week.