2019 Public Service (Larger Staff) Finalist: Anna M. Phillips

Anna M. Philliips | Los Angeles Times

“California Chater School Series”

About the Entry

Anna Phillips spent months digging through legal documents, property records, financial audits, disclosure forms and campaign finance records to determine why California’s oversight system allowed a troubled charter school network to stay open.

Comments from the Judges

“Exceptional watchdog reporting on the fast-growing charter school industry.”

“Wow — an amazing look at how little accountability there is in this system.The look at how struggling districts are turning to charters to boost funding and enrollment was eye-opening and something I’d never heard of, even though I’ve covered this space for years. A real find and a great payoff for thorough reporting. Overall, an amazing series.”