Catalyst Chicago deputy editor Sarah Karp and associate editor Rebecca Harris won two awards from the national Education Writers Association, a competitive and prestigious competition that recognizes excellence on the education beat across multiple media through its National Awards for Education Reporting.
The awards were given for in depth reports on schools turnarounds and Chicago Public Schools Kindergarten program. Karp's cover story "The right move?" which was published in the Fall 2011 issue, showed that while Marshall High School is one of more than 800 high schools across the country that have launched turnarounds, they find it tough to keep budgets and staff intact and improve academics with too many low-achievers. Harris’ cover story "The ABCs of kindergarten,” which was published in the Summer 2011 issue, revealed that CPS has no policy requiring full-day kindergarten, no cohesive literacy curriculum and no comprehensive plan to transition children from preschool to kindergarten.
Congrats to both Sarah and Rebecca for their amazing work.