#tellEWA Member Stories (September 15-21)

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

“How she had an A in reading, I don’t know.” A mother was shocked to discover her second grader was reading at a kindergarten level. Citing a survey, Silas Allen of Fort Worth Star-Telegram says many parents believe their children are on track. He filed records requests and discovered several school districts awarded third graders As and Bs for reading and language arts, but state test results showed students scoring below grade level.

Tampa doesn’t track if its multimillion-dollar racial justice- and equity-focused educator training program changes teachers’ behaviors or student outcomes. Reporting for USA Today, Katherine Reynolds Lewis says 42 large districts don’t measure the impact of their training and explains why effective teacher training is important in today’s political climate.

After noticing how multilingual students had gotten very little attention in public debates about how students should learn to read, Becky Z. Dernbach of Sahan Journal visited a second-grade class for English learners. In this in-depth first-person piece, she reports on local schools that already adopted practices from the science of reading in advance of Minnesota’s new literacy law.

A San Antonio school board canceled its partnership with a nonprofit that oversaw operations at its elementary schools. Two nonprofit employees were accused of wrongdoing (they deny this). San Antonio Report’s Isaac Windes explains the “bizarre case,” such as how the local school district’s partnership with an outside organization came to be and why each side believes they’re right.

Three U.S. senators wrote to the University of Idaho’s president, urging Scott Green to NOT purchase the University of Phoenix. The senators cited Phoenix’s “record of poor student outcomes, deception of veterans, and entanglements in federal investigations” among other reasons for Idaho to avoid the $685 million purchase. Idaho Education NewsKevin Richert bullet points important issues raised in the letter and illustrates why these are concerns.