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  • Minnesota's Graduation Gap

    MPR News set out to delve into an underreported fact -- that Minnesota’s high school graduation rates for students of color rank among the very worst in the nation -- and ended up making a profound discovery: Minnesota devotes less to non-classroom student support than any state. The category includes guidance counselors, social workers, nurses and mental health counselors, attendance staff and other positions that education experts says are key to keeping students at risk of dropping out of school on the path to graduations. The link between support spending and graduation rates appears to be stronger than other oft-mentioned factors to explain low rates for students of color. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/01/grad-gap-highlights
  • How Texas Keeps Tens of Thousands of Children Out of Special Education

    In “Denied,” the Houston Chronicle revealed that a group of Texas state officials had arbitrarily decided what percentage of students should receive special education services and had enforced the benchmark by intensely auditing school districts for “over-identification.” The effort, which began in 2004 but was never announced and remained completely unknown outside of district special education departments, saved the state billions of dollars but denied critical help to tens of thousands of children with disabilities. As a result, the Chronicle reported, Texas now provides special education services to a lower percentage of its students than any other state in the country – by far. If Texas gave services at the same rate as everybody else, more than 250,000 more children in the state would be receiving services such as tutoring, counseling and therapy.
  • Testing the Waters

    "Testing the Waters" is a two-part investigation into concerns of lead contamination in local drinking water on the Alabama Gulf Coast. After an extensive analysis of public records, FOX10 News Investigates found eight water systems across Mobile and Baldwin counties have had testing results above the legal limit for lead content in the last three years. Further, FOX10 News found local public schools were not previously testing for lead content, so we requested to test for them. As a result of our investigation, both Mobile and Baldwin County Public Schools started testing some of its older schools that could be at risk. Moreover, during the course of our investigation, the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) has announced it will help test all public schools over the next three years.
  • Campus Undercovered

    In an investigative mini-series, the NBC News Investigative Unit undertook a deep look at an array of new and under-covered issues on college campuses. It included a first-of-its-kind investigation for a national broadcast network questioning whether on-campus sexual assault tribunals are violating due process rights, including those of alleged perpetrators. It featured a multi-month, nation-wide investigation of college mental health policies, uncovering a trend of students claiming that they have been suspended or expelled for seeking help with mental health issues. It also brought viewers a rare, frank look inside the world of prescription “smart drug” abuse. In each case, these stories triggered pointed responses from the schools involved, sometimes resulting in tangible changes in the lives of the students featured, with potentially significant implications for other students in similar situations.
  • Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Investigating DCS

    This in-depth investigation uncovered serious safety concerns inside Dallas County Schools (DCS), a government agency responsible for transporting more than 75,000 students to school each day in the Dallas Fort Worth area. http://www.nbcdfw.com/investigations/Dallas-County-Schools-Investigative-Series-401118835.html
  • Making the Grade

    This continuing NewsChannel 5 investigation exposed questionable testing and grading practices inside one of the most highly applauded school districts in the nation. Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) had earned high praise – dubbed a “District of Distinction” – for its turnaround efforts.
  • Private Schools, Painful Secrets

    The Globe found more than 110 private schools in New England have faced allegations that educators sexually abused or harassed students over the past 25 years, including many cases where schools covered up the abuse or quietly helped ousted teachers land jobs at other schools. https://brightcove.hs.llnwd.net/e1/pd/245991542/245991542_4882243148001_4880285188001.mp4?pubId=245991542&videoId=4880285188001 https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/07/20/look-details-specific-school/aI4dxnYNcW7wo3oPpDbb6N/story.html?p1=Article_Related_Box_Article_More
  • Title I and School Funding Inequality

    The largest and most expensive federal education program, Title I, is meant to ensure that poor children living in high-poverty school districts have access to the same education opportunities as their wealthier peers. But our investigation found that 20 percent of Title I money – $2.6 billion – ends up in school districts with higher than average proportions of wealthy families. Because of quirks in the formula that doles out the money, Title I can often increase the local funding inequality that it was created to stop. Despite various policy proposals that would direct more money to concentrations of poverty, Congress has lacked the will to act. http://www.usnews.com/news/slideshows/which-schools-receive-the-most-title-i-funding http://www.usnews.com/photos/2016/06/01/photos-fairfax-virginia-school-district http://www.usnews.com/photos/2016/06/01/photos-nottoway-virginia-school-district
  • Ghost Schools

    In America’s long, bloody, and frustrating war in Afghanistan, the U.S. government has consistently trumpeted one major victory: education. More than a billion dollars was poured into building schools and educating Afghan children, in part to prevent the Taliban from recruiting a new generation of soldiers. But a BuzzFeed News investigation found those claims to be massively exaggerated, riddled with ghost schools, teachers, and students that exist only on paper.
  • School District Cover-up

    We exposed how the Paradise Valley Unified School District worked hard to keep the sexual assault of a special needs student hidden from parents and students and worked to protect their own teachers when they failed to properly chaperone the Pinnacle High School Homecoming dance. During the course of my investigation into that I discovered a nugget of information in a police document. Then I asked if any of the surveillance cameras were working at Pinnacle High School. The answer was shocking, no. Then I was asked repeatedly not to disclose it to the public. We did what was in the best interest of student and staff safety. We forced their hand when they admitted they do not work and then proceeded to attack us for our reporting. https://youtu.be/0S5niegxyXA http://legacy.12news.com/story/news/local/valley/2016/02/05/feds-investigate-wake-alleged-rape-pinnacle-hs/79902264/