2020 News (Small Newsroom) Winner

Barbara Kantrowitz, Jackie Mader, Lillian Mongeau and Caroline Preston | The Hechinger Report

A ‘Drastic Experiment’: Coronavirus and the Future of American Schooling​

About the Entry

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Hechinger Report team explored major failings and gaps leading up to a school year that has been a disaster for the vast majority of American children — especially for students in the school districts with the least resources.

Comments from the Judges

“I have seen other stories about parents muddling through the pandemic with few good options and about the challenges of translating the kindergarten/early learning experience to the virtual space. However, these articles were probably the most comprehensive and definitive I have read, with a diversity of voices and vivid detail throughout.”

“These are such important insights into some of the most important issues in the pandemic.”