Francisco Vara-Orta

Francisco Vara-Orta was a data specialist and staff writer for Education Week who covered school resources and philanthropy, parent empowerment and community engagement, as well as works on data-driven projects with colleagues and media partners. He completed a graduate student fellowship where he studied data and investigative journalism and public policy at the University of Missouri-Columbia. While at Mizzou, he also worked as a data and resource library research assistant in the Investigative Reporters and Editors headquarters on campus. Prior to that, he was a reporter at the San Antonio Express-News covering education for nearly five years. He has also been as a staff writer and reporter for the Austin Business Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal, Los Angeles Times, and La Prensa, a bilingual newspaper in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas.

August 7, 2018 – Education Week
 Data on hate-related incidents in schools are skimpy, but when slurs are scrawled on bathroom stalls and threatening notes are put in backpacks, it’s clear that hate and intolerance are being boldly expressed in some schools.

March 15, 2018 – Education Week
 By some estimates, 1 million students walked out of schools to honor the Parkland, Fla., victims and call for stricter gun laws, while Republican politicians all but ignored them.

November 15, 2017 – Education Week
 More than 2,100 private schools participate in at least one of Florida's private-school choice programs. Get a closer look at the popularity of these programs and the schools that participate in them.

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