Finalist

Broken Discipline Tracking Systems Let Teachers Flee Troubled Pasts
Data Journalism

 

About the Entry

Using millions of teachers’ records from all 50 states, this yearlong investigation revealed the broken state-by-state system that sometimes allowed teachers with histories of misconduct back in the classroom.

Entry Credit

  • John Kelly, Data and Investigations Editor, USA TODAY Network
  • Nick Penzenstadler, Investigative Reporter, USA TODAY Network
  • Steve Reilly, Investigative Reporter, USA TODAY Network

Comments from the Judges

“This package of stories served a vital public service. Taking advantage of USA Today’s vast reach, the series perfectly meshed local and national reporting to produce a powerful series of stories. ”

“Excellent reporting and data/graphic elements. The reporters did an excellent job tracking down teachers who were fired from one district and ended up in another — unnoticed. It’s chilling. Extremely important story.”

SEE THE FULL LIST OF 2016 FINALISTS

EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2017 National Awards for Education Reporting.