First Prize

Javier C. Hernandez
The New York Times

General News Outlet (Large Staff)
BEAT REPORTING

Source: The New York Times

Common Core, in 9-Year-Old Eyes

Cuomo Played Pivotal Role in Charter School Push

Gentler Words About Charter Schools From de Blasio

Lessons for de Blasio in New Jersey’s Free Pre-K

New York Schools Chief Advocates More ‘Balanced Literacy’

New York Schools Chancellor Honed Blunt Style Over 40 Years

Charters, Public Schools and a Chasm Between

Comments from the Judges

“Javier Hernandez comes at some of the most heated K-12 stories from the ground level, in the classroom, and then zooms out to the policy and debate surrounding it. The story of the 9-year-old’s struggle under the rigors of the common core standards is particularly compelling, showing how this multi-state approach is impacting students themselves.”

“Excellent set of stories, deeply reported, balanced, and compelling. ‘Common Core Through a 9-year-old’s Eyes’ is structured for suspense, closely observed, and written beautifully. The story on Cuomo’s efforts on behalf of charter schools is a well paced, inside look at political strategy. I come away from all of these stories feeling better informed about the issues without having had to work at it, because they were so entertaining.”