Impact Statement

Education systems should be designed to best serve the student. The problem is there is little fact-based reporting on what’s happening in local schools across the country. When major media outlets do cover education, their reporting often focuses on national trends, not local schools.

Gatekeeping constrains discourse and ideas from making education better. By giving voice to underreported or ignored K-12 education news stories, The Chalkboard Review – now positioned under the Franklin umbrella – is uniquely positioned to transform America’s ongoing conversation about education policy.

The Chalkboard Review: Original, Fact-Based K-12 Education News Reporting

Diverse perspectives in education are vital to improving K-12 schools. In less than two years, The Chalkboard Review has become a trusted, authoritative, and independent voice in K-12 education journalism. In the early days of conception, Chalkboard leveraged a volunteer force of reporters and writers and now produces straight-news content through the Franklin News Foundation’s fulltime reporting staff.

Producing five to 15 pieces of content weekly, Chalkboard routinely reports on K-12 education stories that would go unnoticed but for us. This work is infused with the belief that everyone is an education stakeholder and readers can be trusted to draw their own conclusions when they are presented with hard facts.

On that front, our coverage is making a difference. Consider some of our recent reporting and the impact it has had:

  • We were the first to report on Anderson University’s segregated listening sessions, where students could share experiences with university-assigned moderators to “objectively report [their] feedback to the [Racial Equity] task force.” In response to our reporting, Commissioner Peter Kirsanow of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights wrote a letter to Anderson University president John Pistole demanding the school end the program. Chalkboard Review was the only media outlet cited in Commissioner Kirsanow’s letter. Anderson University shut down the program shortly thereafter.
  • The Chalkboard Review broke the story that Gender Queer: A Memoir was on reading lists for elementary students in major public libraries. Our work led to hundreds of libraries taking the book off reading lists (and in some cases, their shelves altogether) so children, who would struggle to contextualize and fully understand its message, would no longer be exposed to it.
  • We’ve compiled our own data sets and released reports that undermine false narratives in education. For instance, our reporters helped expose the secretive collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Federation of Teachers over school re-opening policy, catching CDC Director Rochelle Walensky in several dishonest statements.

In addition to straight news reporting, The Chalkboard Review provides a forum for commentary from educators, parents, college professors, and policy experts

Growing The Chalkboard Review’s Capacity, Reach, and Influence

The Chalkboard Review is uniquely equipped to provide the insight needed to articulate the realities of today’s K-12 public education landscape. Inside the Franklin News Foundation, which has established itself as a fact-focused journalism operation with unprecedented distribution, The Chalkboard Review is poised to deliver powerful content from within this critical news niche to an audience that is significantly larger, more politically diversified, and national in scope.

We seek to reach more Americans than ever, merging talent, editorial opportunity, and access to a national distribution network to report the K-12 education stories that need to be told.

Please contact Shiloh Carozza at scarozza@franklinnews.org with any questions about our work. Thank you for your interest in The Chalkboard Review.

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