Investigating troubled schools

  • Event: 2017 East Lansing Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Michael LaForgia of The New York Times; Chastity Pratt Dawsey of Bridge Magazine
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Apr. 1 at 9:15am
  • Location: Auditorium - Room 147
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Discover key documents, data and strategies to hold educators, lawmakers and others accountable for failing schools. Lessons learned from the Pulitzer Prize-winning project, "Failure Factories," by the Tampa Bay Times.

Speaker Bios

  • Michael LaForgia is a reporter on the investigations team at The New York Times. He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting — in 2014 for exposing problems in a Florida homeless program and in 2016 for a series on a Florida school district's neglect of five schools in black neighborhoods. He joined the Times in 2017 after stints at the Tampa Bay Times and The Palm Beach Post.

  • Chastity Pratt Dawsey covers Detroit and urban affairs for Bridge Magazine. She joined the Bridge team from the Detroit Free Press after more than a decade of providing authoritative coverage of Detroit Public Schools. She has broken many of the biggest stories regarding education in the state over the past decade. Pratt Dawsey’s work also has appeared in USA Today, Essence Magazine and the Investigative Reporters & Editors Journal.

Related Tipsheets

  • Investigating Troubled Schools
    This tipsheet from Chastity Pratt Dawsey gives advice for covering struggling and troubled schools.

  • Separate - and still unequal
    These slideshows will guide you through covering struggling schools by telling the story of reporting on the Tampa Bay Times' "Failure Factories."