2017 Investigative Reporting for Print/Online (Large Staff) Winner

Heather Vogell (Reporter), Hannah Fresques (Data Reporter), Al Shaw (News Apps Developer), Olga Pierce (Deputy Data Editor) C ProPublica - Sarah Carr (Editor), Francesca Berardi (Reporter), Zoe Kirsh (Reporter), Stephen Smiley (Reporter) | The Teacher Project

“The Failure Track”

About the Entry

Facing accountability pressures, some public schools farm out struggling students to alternative programs with inadequate academic instruction and harsh learning environments, an investigation by ProPublica and The Teacher Project finds.

Comments from the Judges

“This project was a thorough examination of how some schools were funneling marginal students into alternative charter schools to boost their graduation numbers. The reporting combined a deep data with student stories, and the voices of parents, teachers, advocates and administrators.”

“Education reporting at its finest – highlighting how state and federal policies shortchange our neediest students.”