#tellEWA Member Stories (August 11-17)

Here’s what we’re reading by EWA members this week.

“I am not sure how people afford child care otherwise.” Colorado Public Radio’s Jenny Brundin spoke to several families about the rollout of her state’s universal preschool program. Families who registered their children get 15 to 30 hours of preschool paid for via a tobacco product tax. The program is proving helpful for some parents, but others say the state broke promises.

A college professor noticed a pattern of false positives from a tool designed to check for plagiarism and AI-generated work. The tool often incorrectly flagged papers written by international students, the professor noticed. Researchers also found AI detectors are clearly biased against non-native English speakers, Tara García Mathewson reports for The Markup.

No student group shoulders more of the student debt burden than Black women – who must acquire advanced degrees to make as much money as men and other races. Black women are also underpaid, contributing to why their debt balloons. With federal student loan payments restarting in October, Naomi Harris backgrounds Open Campus readers, speaking to a woman who owes as much as $120,000.

College tuition has skyrocketed in Alabama. Students attending the University of Alabama in 2004 paid $4,630 for an academic year, but students these days are paying $5,550 per semester. The state pulled funding for higher education during financial crises, which contributed to the problem. But even though this funding is returning, costs continue to rise, Jemma Stephenson reports for Alabama Reflector.

The Dallas Morning News Talia Richman brings readers up to date after her March 2023 story about a Black 13-year-old girl who thought she overheard a school shooting threat. School leaders punished the girl and accused her of false reporting. In May, a third-party investigation found that the punishment was inappropriate. Learn what happened next and what changes are coming.

Record temperatures didn’t stop Georgia high school students from participating in band camp. But students in marching bands are at risk of developing heat syncope, dizziness or fainting while practicing during hot conditions. Reporting for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Toni Odejimi details what schools are doing to ensure students don’t suffer from heat-related illnesses or die.