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Education and Race Series Earn Two Pulitizer Prizes

By Mark Walsh — April 26, 2016 1 min read

Two newspaper series that focused on race and education last week won Pulitzer Prizes, the most prestigious award in print journalism.

The Tampa Bay Times won the Pulitzer for local reporting for its “Failure Factories” series, about the failures of the Pinellas County, Fla., school system to educate its African-American children. The series has swept a number of other journalism prizes recently.

The Pulitzer for commentary went to Farah Stockman of The Boston Globe, for what the prize committee said were “extensively reported columns that probe the legacy of busing in Boston and its effect on education in the city with a clear eye on ongoing racial contradictions.”

The Tampa Bay Times series by Cara Fitzpatrick, Lisa Gartner, and Michael LaForgia examined the 104,000-student Pinellas County district after it abandoned racial-desegregation efforts in 2007.

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A version of this article appeared in the April 27, 2016 edition of Education Week as Education and Race Series Earn Two Pulitizer Prizes

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