Mila Koumpilova is a senior reporter at Chalkbeat Chicago. She previously wrote about higher education and immigration at the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis. Mila has also covered education at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Forum in Fargo, N.D. A former North Dakota Rookie Reporter of the Year, she has received recognition from the Education Writers Association, the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and others. She is a graduate of the American University in Bulgaria and the Missouri School of Journalism.
On the first day of full-time in-person learning, families searched for an elusive new normal.
Male students of color, who have long faced the largest gaps, saw steeper drops in attendance and a sharper increase in failing grades than girls.