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  • Cheating Our Children

    After using a sophisticated data analysis to expose anomalous gains on standardized tests in Atlanta Public Schools -- anomolies that were shown in 2011 to signal chearing at 44 schools -- the Atlanta Journal-Constitution set out in late 2011 to apply its analysis to school test scores nationwide.
  • Scandals In Atlanta Public Schools

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution analyzed of the 2008 standardized test scores in the Atlanta Public School System and laid the foundation for coverage of what is considered the largest case of academic fraud in the nation's history.
  • Public Service Journalism Via Apps and Interactives

    The Texas Tribune uses government records lawmakers, agency chiefs, educators and influential state figures would rather not be public. Projects include a campaign finance database offers a comprehensive, searchable tool to see who's bankrolling their representatives. The public schools database provides extensive access to comparative data on all of Texas' school districts.
  • Assault on Learning

    "In 2009, the Philadelphia School District made national headlines when racial violence erupted at a neighborhood high school. Even though the public was familiar with the stories of violence in the public schools, the district's message was that the climate was dramatically improving. However, serious assaults were occurring with regularity and the rate of violent incidents were increasing among the neighborhood high schools."
  • Renaissance 2010: Searching for Equity

    Karps' investigation looked into the the impact of Renaissance 2010, an education initiative in Chicago intended to "open 100 new schools, most of the charter schools, and close 70 failing schools within a span of six years" in an effort to bring better education to areas that needed it most. This investigation looks at the actual results of the plan. To report the story, Karp had to struggle against the barriers to obtaining meaningful information on charter schools. While funded publicly, they are operated by private companies that are not subject to the same transparency laws as public schools.
  • "Looting the Public Trust"

    In three different investigations, Jennifer Dixon reveals a single consistency: "piercing government bureaucracies." Bribes, questionable wire transfers and hundreds of millions lost in "bad deals" are all part of the investigative reports that reveal startling government misconduct in Detroit.
  • Failing our Athletes: The Sad State of Sports in Boston Public Schools

    This series examined the state of athletics in the Boston public school district. The amount of problems discovered was both shocking and disappointing. Some of the discovered problems were the program was “underfunded compared to cities of similar size, staffing problems, poor facilities, safety of the athletes, and competency of many coaches”.
  • The Tuition Tax Credit

    "Arizona began a groundbreaking tax credit program that steered public revenue to private hands to distribute private-school scholarships." This program was to help the poor obtain the same educational opportunities and lower the cost of education. But this isn't the case, which this series reveals in multiple articles, because the poor still attend public schools.
  • Reaching Black Boys

    Chicago Public Schools (CPS) had the highest suspension rate out of the country's 10 largest school districts. Many of those suspended were young black men. This came at a time when Arne Duncan, CEO of CPS, said he aimed to close the achievement gap. Depriving black students of valuable class time due to suspensions seemed contradictory to the goal.
  • Failing our Students

    The story looked at how kids slip through the public schools without learning literacy. The newspaper found that about 20 percent of their region's freshman can't read higher than a fourth grade level.