#tellEWA Member Stories (June 2-8)

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

“When I heard they were removing African American history, banning LGBTQ, I almost started crying,” said Harmony, 16. “We’re not doing anything to anybody. Why do they care what we personally prefer, or what we look like?” Claudia Laurer, Adriana Gómez Licón, and Annie Ma of The Associated Press team up to share the voices of students directly impacted by new laws targeting LGBTQ+ policies in schools.

Yana Kunichoff of The Arizona Republic digs into the tens of thousands of phone calls — some of them suspect — flooding the state’s hotline for reporting “inappropriate curriculum” in public schools.

Seattle’s public schools are more segregated now than in the 1980s when district integration policies were first challenged in court, reports The Seattle Times Dahlia Bazazz and Lauren Flannery, with brand-new data analysis.

South Carolina’s rural students endure roaches, mold, and sewage in their outdated schools — conditions that make it tough to learn, explains The Post and Courier‘s Maura Turcotte, as some say it’s time for the state to “join the 21st century.”

In a first for the nation, Oklahoma approved funding for a religious charter school, a decision expected to test the separation of church and state. Nuria Martinez-Keel of The Oklahoman breaks down what’s at stake.

Samantha Smylie of Chalkbeat Chicago demonstrates a hallmark of the education beat: Reporters stepping up to be mentors. Read student-journalist Nathan Yuan‘s reporting on the undercounting of homeless youth in Illinois’ public schools for the Central Times, and learn the impact that’s having on children’s lives.