#tellEWA Member Stories (July 28-August 3)

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

Barred from car pool lines, school board meetings, parent-teacher conferences and more, an Alabama parent says a school district retaliated against her. Local education leaders filed no-trespass orders against the woman, claiming she made threatening comments about a school employee. But the parent believes her advocacy work put a target on her back, Rebecca Griesbach reports for AL.com.

To gain access to nonpublic state education data, researchers are required to sign a contract specifying they can’t testify against the California Department of Education. This restriction blocks researchers from giving their expertise during litigation proceedings. Now some researchers are caught in the crossfire, with two parties threatening to sue, John Fensterwald reports for EdSource.

Students whose families experienced homelessness during the pandemic struggled with remote learning and fell through the cracks. Many schools didn’t know which students were homeless or about federal-relief funding earmarked for homeless students. Finding out too late means they have less time to spend funding that expires in a year, Cheyanne Mumphrey explains for The Associated Press.

Part of a “private school revolution,” Majestic Grace Christian Academy is one of many that sprang up after the universal expansion of school vouchers in Arizona. These private schools have very little oversight. The Arizona Republic’s Yana Kunichoff takes readers inside of one of these schools while detailing public concerns, such as this one: “Public dollars are going to strip mall private schools.”

A student accused a respected opioid expert of disparaging the Texas lieutenant governor during a lecture at Texas A&M University. Shortly thereafter, the professor was placed on administrative leave – another example of increasing political involvement from state leaders in how Texas universities are managed, Kate Mcgee and James Barragán report for The Texas Tribune.

Creating color-coded charts, Julia James of Mississippi Today details her state’s progress in spending pandemic-relief funding. She also helps readers determine how much money their local school districts received via ESSER I, II, and III and how the districts spent that money in nine major categories.