Julian Shen-Berro

Reporter, Chalkbeat National

Julian Shen-Berro is a National Reporter for Chalkbeat based in New York City. He previously covered city politics at Politico and breaking news at The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Columbia University.

The share of U.S. schools with more than half of students eating free and reduced-price lunch has dropped from 84% to 69% this year, according to a recent survey.
Students are continuing to regain academic ground lost during the pandemic.
Charter school enrollment spiked early in the pandemic, then flattened in the 2021-22 school year, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
The latest findings solidify a developing picture of schools struggling to support students who have fallen off track.
Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has doled out more than $150 million to school districts in recent weeks.