Finalist

Throwaway Kids

Source: The Center for Public Integrity

Throwaway Kids: Disciplined California Teens Struggle to School Themselves

Parents, Advocacy Groups Push Back Against Independent Study at Home

In Nation’s Richest Farmland, Some Workers’ Kids Get No Education At All

Calif. Governor Kills Major School-Discipline Reform Bill, Deferring to ‘Local Control’

Judges’ Comments

“Susan Ferriss’s work on the lack of education provided to expelled farmworkers’ children is interesting and compelling.”

“This ambitious effort by Susan Ferriss told a sad and important story about the educational challenges faced by expelled students in a rural part of California. Typically, these are children of struggling workers who lack the means to drive to distant alternative schools for which there are no school buses. So these kids are assigned to study at home alone, a recipe for failure.”

EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2016 National Awards for Education Reporting.