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“The Teacher Wars”

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Release Date: 11/07/2014

Getting to School Can Mean Life or Death When Trains Block Crossings show art Getting to School Can Mean Life or Death When Trains Block Crossings

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When trains block crossings, sometimes for days, communities across the country face challenges. Even if the blocked intersection is just four streets away from a location, first responders can't get to fires, parents can't go to grocery stores, and children can't get to school.  Kids face physical, mental and emotional dangers each time they in the working-class commuter city of Hammond, Indiana. Parents’ and local officials' have gone unheeded.  As part of a reporting collaboration with ProPublica and Investigate TV/Gray Television, Topher Sanders chronicled the problem. The...

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Covering Early Childhood Education show art Covering Early Childhood Education

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Early childhood is a critical time for a child's physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.  Nurturing care is critical for brain growth, meaning a child's development is affected by their experiences and interactions with nurturing caregivers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To reach their full potential, children need to feel safe and loved as well as receive several opportunities to play, explore and express themselves.  Jackie Mader of The Hechinger Report has covered early education exclusively for eight years. This week, she talks to EWA...

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9 Things I Learned Covering HBCUs show art 9 Things I Learned Covering HBCUs

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For a while, Mirtha Donastorg was the only reporter covering Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) full time in the country. As a journalist at The Plug (a now defunct online publication), she covered innovations happening at the more than 100 HBCUs across the country and visited many campuses. Donastorg shared nine things she learned covering HBCUs with EWA Radio. She shared details we had never heard before, including that some HBCUs are now majority white. Additionally, there’s incredible research going on at some, such as growing plants in Martian soil. She also explains...

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America's After-School Afterthought show art America's After-School Afterthought

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Millions of families struggle with after-school care – the hours after the school day ends but before the workday finishes.  Rachel Cohen of Vox Media found the after-school crisis is not limited to one city or state. Millions of families need care, yet thousands of school districts offer no options at all. Some communities have just a single nonprofit or church program available, she discovered.  With the help of an EWA Reporting Fellowship, Rachel traveled to Iowa and California to understand the problem. She was delighted to find example programs that started small but now can...

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Tracking Student-Athletes Menstrual History show art Tracking Student-Athletes Menstrual History

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Katherine “Kati” Kokal, an education reporter at The Palm Beach Post, received a tip that prompted her to investigate why schools in the Florida district she covers were asking student-athletes to provide their menstrual health history to coaches.  That took her on a long journey (literally driving to one public meeting took four hours!); a story in her local coverage area mushroomed into a national conversation about student-athletes, medical history and digital privacy.  "Concerns have been heightened both by a shifting political landscape criminalizing abortions and...

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Student Data Privacy as a Civil Rights Issue show art Student Data Privacy as a Civil Rights Issue

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Schools collect vast amounts of information from and about students – through cameras, computers, and their social media posts. Many children and parents aren’t aware the data may be shared with private companies, law enforcement and even analyzed to identify and predict student behavior. School districts and surveillance companies say this is a way to prevent suicides and school shootings. But civil rights advocates are increasingly alarmed by the practices. They want to see more protections in place for students and more transparency on how the information is collected, stored and used....

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Introducing Kathy Chow, EWA’s New Executive Director  show art Introducing Kathy Chow, EWA’s New Executive Director

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After an extensive national search, the Education Writers Association is pleased to introduce our new executive director, Kathy Chow. She will begin on April 3.  Chow will be responsible for a nonprofit organization that represents nearly 2,000 members. She has a long history in nonprofit leadership and is a highly effective fundraiser, strategic planner, fiscal manager, and organizational leader.  Since the beginning of her career, Chow has demonstrated a commitment to and passion for journalism and elevating underrepresented voices. Chow spoke to Public Editor Kavitha Cardoza about...

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Critical Race Theory in Higher Education show art Critical Race Theory in Higher Education

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Critical race theory has gotten a lot of attention in the K-12 space, but how do debates about systemic racism play out in higher education? is a senior editor and reporter at ProPublica. He won a Pulitzer Prize and EWA’s (twice!). Daniel also wrote several books, including “The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way Into Elite Colleges — and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates,”  “Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America’s Universities” and “The Ransomware Hunting Team.” Daniel recently traveled to Florida to...

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Student Press Freedom show art Student Press Freedom

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Marcus Pennell and other high school student journalists in Nebraska decided to celebrate Pride Month last year, with some articles in their school newspaper.  They wrote about the history of homophobia and origins of Pride Month among other content, including trapshooting athletes, a sophomore sculptor and adoption. Little did they know that shortly after, Northwest Public Schools’ administrators would shut down the Viking Saga, a 54-year-old, award-winning publication, because of "editorial content" concerns. Penell and fellow journalists felt gutted.  When Jessica Votipka, an...

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Tutoring as a Student Catch-up Strategy   show art Tutoring as a Student Catch-up Strategy

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The federal government is pushing school districts to spend 20% of the $122 billion in relief funds to “catch children up” academically. Many are turning to tutoring as a way to help students after months of disruption from the pandemic. Research shows is particularly promising: Students and their tutor meet every day, usually in school. The tutors are specially trained, and there is a set curriculum. All these things can create logistical challenges. Jill Barshay, a senior writer for The Hechinger Report and the author of its Proof Points column, has been looking at tutoring research....

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