Education reporting reveals shocking stories

Marshall, Jon
August 2007
Quill;Aug2007, Vol. 95 Issue 6, p43
Trade Publication
The article presents several accounts of educational reporting that the author feels reflect impressive journalistic skills. Educational reporting is challenging because of student privacy issues, administrative policies, and employees' fears of reprisal should they cooperate with journalists. In Ohio, Randy Ludlow and Jill Riepenhoff uncovered evidence that 167 school bus drivers had had their driver licences suspended for alcohol or drug related charges. In Texas, Joshua Benton and Holly K. Hacker uncovered evidence of cheating by over 50,000 student on state tests required for graduation. In Florida, Chris Davis, Matthew Doig and Tiffany Lankes uncovered the fact that hundreds of teachers who had molested, physically attacked or harassed their students continued to teach.


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