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What is Education Journalism’s Role in Solving Equity Issues? From the Floor of 2016 EWA Conference

“Failure factory” schools in Pinellas County, Florida. Computer-based assessments highlighting nationwide WiFi inequities. Read news from the past few years, and you’ll find that public dialogue on education in the United States is riddled with issues of segregation and inequity. Who should chronicle these inequities, or describe potential solutions? Perhaps policymakers, or teachers, or students?

What about education journalists?

From May 1-3, the Education Writers Association (EWA) posed those questions at its 69th annual conference in Boston, MA. After all, it’s not every day that you get 320 of the country’s education journalists all in one room, lobbing inquiries at the Secretary of Education or discussing how to better search for stories.