The culmination of an eight-month long investigation, I lead a team in examining state takeovers of school districts. We traveled to New Orleans, Mississippi, Arkansas and Michigan to speak to community members affected by these kinds of takeovers. And, after making over 100 records requests, we also found that 5.6 million people live in places where a state has taken over a school or school district in the past six years. Republished by NBC News, The Hechinger Report and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Project the winner of the 2016 Investigative Reporters & Editors award in the student reporting category.