2017 Investigative Reporting for Print/Online (Medium Staff) Finalist: The News and Observer/The Charlotte Observer Staff

Joseph Neff, Ann Doss Helms and David Raynor | The News and Observer - The Charlotte Observer

About the Entry

In a joint investigation, the Raleigh News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer looked at how — and why — thousands of qualified North Carolina students from low-income families were kept out of advanced classes.

Comments from the Judges

“Great use of data to tell an important story about how gifted low-income students are excluded from classes where they have the ability to succeed. The families and teachers interviewed show the real people behind the numbers.”

“Impressive analysis on a critical issue. Brought to light new information that will help improve the educational outcomes for vulnerable students.”