Finalist

The Broken Promise of Indiana’s Online Schools
Investigative Reporting: General News Outlets, Print and Online (Small Staff)

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About the Entry

Chalkbeat’s Shaina Cavazos conducted an eye-opening investigation into Indiana’s virtual schools, uncovering allegations of misspent funds and failures to adhere to state regulations for teacher staffing and student oversight.

Entry Credit

  • Shaina Cavazos, Reporter, Chalkbea

Comments from the Judges

“This series is thorough and compelling … This is a very important story for all rural school districts and states hoping to use online services to solve complex education problems.”

“Great topic well organized … tells a damning story in diamond-sharp details about misspent public funding, high student/teacher ratios and lack of interaction, appalling graduation rates, negligible oversight,  and conflicts of interest.”

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