The Education Writers Association announced ProPublica as a finalist for three National Awards for Education Reporting.
Debt by Degrees by Annie Waldman and Sisi Wei, a mix of investigative stories and a searchable database that allows you to look up how any college in the United States compares when it comes to low-income students, was named a finalist in the Data Journalism category. Powered by a massive trove of data from the Department of Education, their reporting showed how many wealthy institutions are leaving their poorest students with big debt.
A series on the for-profit company AdvoServ, which runs specialized schools and residential treatment facilities for children and adults with disabilities, is a finalist in the category of Investigative Reporting, General News Outlet (Medium). Reporters Heather Vogell and Annie Waldman exposed how AdvoServ has evaded accountability while evidence of abuse has piled up for decades.
Small Group Goes to Great Lengths to Block Homeschooling Regulation, by Jessica Huseman, is a finalist in Investigative Reporting, Magazines & Weeklies. This investigation exposed how a lack of homeschooling regulations – the result of a targeted campaign by a little-known but powerful lobbying group – leaves hundreds of thousands of American children vulnerable to lost schooling and abuse.
The winners will be announced on May 1. See a list of all the National Awards for Education Reporting finalists here.