The Broken Promise of Indiana’s Online Schools
Investigative Reporting: General News Outlets, Print and Online (Small Staff)
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.
- The broken promise of Indiana’s online schools
- As students signed up, online school hired barely any teachers — but founder’s company charged it millions
- Policymakers agree virtual schools should get more teachers and less money. Will they make it happen?
- Indiana online charter schools need more oversight. These 3 changes could help.
- Gov. Eric Holcomb says Indiana’s low-rated online charter schools need ‘immediate attention and action’
- 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.”
EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2017 National Awards for Education Reporting.