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Thomas Wilburn

Senior Data Editor

Thomas Wilburn is the senior data editor for Chalkbeat. Previously, he was a senior developer with the NPR News Apps team, where he worked on large-format visual storytelling, rebuilt the team’s data and visualization tools, and led the development of the 2020 election results displays. He was also a founding member of the Seattle Times Interactives team.

Chalkbeat is tracking efforts to restrict teaching about race and bias in schools, as well as efforts to expand it, on this map of critical race theory legislation.
High school graduation rates dipped in 20 of 26 states with data for the class of 2021, suggesting the pandemic may have ended nearly two decades of progress toward getting more students diplomas.