Moving, real-life stories about immigrating to America, navigating language barriers, and confronting racism in school

From a deep investigation into a virtual tutoring company to banned books to racism at a magnet school, here’s how our reporters impacted the communities they serve.

What did school communities face in 2023? Waning COVID relief funding, rising chronic absenteeism, and ChatGPT controversy, just to name a few.

These are the education issues we’re watching in the new year, from the impact of laws governing school choice and the science of reading to big changes at Indianapolis Public Schools.

A student-led call for more restrictive gun laws went unheard. Meanwhile, the state dialed up the pressure on public schools.

Other data projects focused on the effects of anti-trans laws and teacher salaries in Memphis.

It’s been a tumultuous and uncertain year for public schools in Chicago and Illinois. But there have also been moments of joy and resilience. Chalkbeat Chicago reporters documented it all. Here are a dozen of the top stories of 2022. 

School closures, leadership turnover, social studies debates, and more. Here’s a look at our top stories of the year.

These are the most popular stories among Chalkbeat Indiana readers’ this year, and a few bonus articles too.

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