Cara Fitzpatrick

Cara Fitzpatrick

Story Editor

Cara Fitzpatrick is a Story Editor for Chalkbeat National and New York. She covered education at newspapers in Florida and won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting in 2016 for a series about school segregation. The series also was honored with a Polk award and the Worth Bingham for Investigative Journalism, among others. She was a New America fellow in 2019 and a Spencer fellow at Columbia University in 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She is writing a book about the history of school choice in America for Basic Books. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

Illinois is one of the few states that have not expanded their voucher-like program. During the veto session, lawmakers did not move a bill that would have extended the state’s program, known as Invest in Kids.

The vote could spark a legal battle over religious charters that might reach the U.S. Supreme Court. It could also lead to a moment of reckoning for the charter movement.

Board members acknowledged the larger issue would likely be settled by the Supreme Court, with implications for the separation of church and state.

Cara Fitzpatrick describes why she is thrilled to join Chalkbeat as a story editor, working with bureaus in Chicago and Philadelphia.