Finalist

In Flint, Schools Overwhelmed by Special Ed. Needs in Aftermath of Lead Crisis
Single Topic News (Midsize Newsroom)

Entry Credit

  • Education Week
    • Corey Mitchell, reporter
    • Brittany Greeson, photographer

About the Entry

Years after Flint’s water crisis began, Corey Mitchell’s investigation uncovered an alarming increase in special education enrollment that has left Flint’s public schools scrambling to provide services to all students with disabilities.

Comments from the Judges

“Excellent reporting that covered all angles. This one article aptly covered the history, current challenges and confusion on the issue.”

“This story is remarkable and breathtaking. … Mitchell was the first on the scene to document the aftermath of an already unfathomable tragedy that Flint has only begun to face. Kudos to him for staying with it, demanding court documents, and getting access to those closest to the crisis.”

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