First Prize

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Winner

Guidance From DeVos Means More Coranavirus Relief for Private Schools

Matt Barnum
Chalkbeat

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About the Entry

With hundreds of millions of dollars in the balance, there was a high-stakes battle over how the U.S. Department of Education would divvy up federal coronavirus relief between public and private schools. The outcome would impact how ready schools were to respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Comments from the Judges

“Really great explainers of how Cares Act funds were used and accountability journalism on how they were intentionally diverted to private schools.”

“This was an exceedingly difficult topic and the reporter made it accessible and easy to understand while continually pushing the story forward.”

Finalists

Coverage of the Coronavirus and New York City’s Schools
Alex Zimmerman, Christina Veiga and Reema Amin
Chalkbeat

Comment from the judges: “This is the most comprehensive coverage I have seen about how schools coped with the pandemic, and I loved how diligently this team worked to find and quote numerous people who were most affected – including parents, teachers and administrators – instead of relying on talking heads.”

Georgia Universities’ Covid Crisis​
Michael Vasquez
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Comment from the judges: “I loved how this reporter uncovered public records to tell the story of COVID at Georgia universities. It was illuminating and impactful.”

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