Putting Education Reform To The Test

StateImpact Florida A Finalist For Innovative, Investigative Journalism Award

John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

From our investigation: Tres Whitlock types on the DynaVox tablet that serves as his voice. Whitlock, 17, has cerebral palsy and can’t speak on his own. He tried to enroll in a Hillsborough County charter school, but the school had concerns about the therapy and services he needs.

StateImpact Florida is in good company as finalists for two Online News Association awards.

No Choice: Florida Charter Schools Failing to Serve Students with Disabilities has been nominated for Innovative Investigative Journalism.

Our investigation revealed 86 percent of Florida charter schools don’t enroll any students with severe disabilities — like autism and cerebral palsy — compared to 50 percent of traditional public schools.

And our entire StateImpact network is a finalist for Explanatory Reporting, along with the New York Times, The Guardian and the Toronto Star.

The Explanatory Reporting nomination covers all eight of NPR’s StateImpact states.

Winners will be announced September 22 at ONA12 in San Francisco.




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