Uncovering inequities in education and obstacles to student achievement

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Katie Benner of The New York Times; Neal Morton of The Hechinger Report; Kim Clark of Education Writers Association; Alex Harwin of Education Week Research Center
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Meyerland
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Education "success stories" at high schools may mask underlying problems and ignore obstacles that hinder students once they get to college or another post-secondary school. Learn how to document and track challenges such as high student mobility, inequities in funding and opportunity, and questionable conduct by some school leaders. 

This panel was planned in collaboration with the Education Writers Association. It is sponsored by the Lumina Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker Bios

  • Katie Benner covers the Justice Department for The New York Times, and she was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for reporting on workplace sexual harassment. Katie has worked in San Francisco covering Apple, Silicon Valley and venture capital for The Times and other publications. She spent nearly a decade at Fortune magazine, where she wrote features and investigative articles about private equity, hedge funds and the 2008 financial crisis.

  • Kim Clark has spent more than 30 years in newspaper and magazine newsrooms covering everything from the Olympics to the economy to higher education. She's a winner of an EWA investigative prize and a co-recipient of a Loeb. Her current job is to provide journalists with resources and training on covering higher education. Her latest side project: Kickomatic.org, which offers advice on writing kickers. Twitter: Kclarkcollege.

  • Alex Harwin is a quantitative research analyst for the Education Week Research Center. She works on a wide variety of projects, from marquee annual reports such as Quality Counts to data-driven reporting in collaboration with the Education Week newsroom. She received her education at Stanford and UT with degrees in Sociology and policy analysis. Areas of Focus: Policy analysis, government data analysis, and research communication.

  • Neal Morton covers education in the West for The Hechinger Report. Twitter: @nealtmorton

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