First Prize

School Discipline in Mississippi and New Orleans
Magazines & Weeklies
FEATURE WRITING

Source: The Atlantic

The backlash against no-excuses discipline in high school

How Strict Is Too Strict? 

A growing controversy over use of the “paddle” to discipline children has a painful racial subtext.

Why Are Black Students Facing Corporal Punishment in Public Schools?

Comments from the Judges:

“Great storytelling, especially in the charter-school discipline piece. Good flow between policy and students’ voices.”

“Both pieces are smart, very readable and explored topics I hadn’t spent much time focusing on. Great work.”