#tellEWA Member Stories (August 26-September 1)

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

Students of color and low-income students tend to be underrepresented in dual enrollment programs. Writing for Washington Monthly, Jamaal Abdul-Alim highlights a rare nonselective dual enrollment program called P-TECH, which serves lower-income minority students – including those who aren’t doing well in school. He also explains why “national-level investment” in the program is needed.

“Some of the hesitancy from the Covid vaccine is bleeding over to the other vaccinations.” Thousands of California students didn’t start the school year in-person after not meeting state immunization requirements. Families fell behind or skipped childhood wellness appointments during the pandemic and faced other issues, Diana Lambert reports for EdSource.

“Find your people. They need to find the people who support them …” The Stateman Journal’s Natalie Pate speaks to a transgender student in Oregon who is returning to campus as lawmakers and activists across the country push to ban or limit LGBTQ rights in K-12 schools and beyond.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had as many people leave our district.” In part two of a Missoulian series, Skylar Rispens the hiring challenges superintendents in Montana’s remote areas are facing as the school year begins. Smaller, more rural school districts are facing more staffing challenges than their urban counterparts, but the latter are also feeling the pinch.

Conservative groups pressured Texas education officials to halt a plan to revamp the social studies curriculum in public schools. The overhaul likely won’t take place until 2025, and by then, several new State Board of Education members – potentially more right-leaning – could play a major role in deciding how history should be taught, Talia Richman explains for The Dallas Morning News.

Three adult learners from around the country explained why they returned to college after years away in Second Acts, an EdSurge podcast. Jeffrey R. Young explores why these students returned, hears their challenges, and speaks to those helping the students succeed.