Finalist

Criminalizing Disability
Public Service (Small Newsroom)

Entry Credit

  • Ed Williams, Searchlight New Mexico
  • Ike Swetlitz, Searchlight New Mexico

About the Entry

In a yearlong initiative, Ed Williams and Ike Swetlitz reached out to parents across New Mexico in order to zero in on the most critical issues in special education, detailing a widespread practice of abuse, misinformation and outright deception by school districts across the state.

Comments from the Judges

“Ambitious and heartbreaking, this series combines meticulous research with powerful storytelling, compelling black-and-white images and convincing graphics.”

“Kudos to the Searchlight New Mexico team for asking the audience what concerns them most, following those leads and holding public schools accountable.”

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EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2019 National Awards for Education Reporting.​