2020 News (Midsize Newsroom) Winner

Matt Barnum | Chalkbeat

“Guidance From DeVos Means More Coronavirus Relief for Private Schools”

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With hundreds of millions of dollars in the balance, there was a high-stakes battle over how the U.S. Department of Education would divvy up federal coronavirus relief between public and private schools. The outcome would impact how ready schools were to respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Comments from the Judges

“Really great explainers of how Cares Act funds were used and accountability journalism on how they were intentionally diverted to private schools.”

“This was an exceedingly difficult topic and the reporter made it accessible and easy to understand while continually pushing the story forward.”