General News Outlet (Medium Staff)
A window into the murky and poorly regulated world of residential schools, which take students with disabilities – and the publicly paid tuition that follows them – when their school districts fail them.
Comments from Judges:
“This series by Vogell was powerful, horrifying and moving. She marries top-notch investigative reporting skills with powerful narrative storytelling to detail the horrific treatment of vulnerable children at a group home. The reader is left incensed that a for-profit company has been able to get away with what one interviewee called “torture” for so long. Vogell dug through decades of news stories, uncovered documents and emails, and used good old-fashioned shoe leather reporting to make a powerful case that these abuses were not isolated incidents but rather systemic occurrences.”
EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2017 National Awards for Education Reporting.