#tellEWA Member Stories (May 27-June 2)

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

While there’s a national push to expand connectivity for the nation’s colleges and universities, rural communities are still far behind, reports Nick Fouriezos of Open Campus.

At the University of Central Florida, officials are laying out a new policy for who can get an honorary degree — and under what circumstances it might be revoked. Gabrielle Russon, writing for Florida Politics, looks at the controversy that sparked the changes.


As Vanessa McCray reports for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, student mental health issues have surged in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and schools are struggling to keep up with the demand for services.

As conservative groups push for stricter limits on what students are taught about race, racism, and sexuality, a grassroots group of parents is pushing back in at least two states, writes Megan Mangrum for The Tennessean. 

“I just feel like it’s kind of the epitome, again, of why police don’t work. You’re trying to solve every conflict with a catchall that is rooted in colonialism and white supremacy.” CalMatters’ Elina Lingappa details concerns that stricter enforcement of trespassing rules at private colleges could lead to racial profiling.

What will it take to give Alabama students more equitable access to high-quality test prep programs for the ACT? More funding is a place to start, report Trisha Crain and Rebecca Griesbach of the Alabama Education Lab (which is marking its first anniversary).