Award-Winning Features

Features written for American School Board Journal that have received national awards from the Education Writers Association, Association of Educational Publishers, and Association Media & Publishing. (All available for download as PDFs.)

Comeback Season (November-December 2015): A cover story (with accompanying photos) that focuses on a New Jersey district's recovery from a hazing scandal that led to the cancellation of its 2014 varsity football season. (For more on this, including a slideshow I produced for, go to my Visual Storytelling section.)

Failing District, Failed Reform (October 2006): After takeover, experiments, and chaos, Chester Upland’s experience provides lessons in how not to restructure schools. 

Schooling Katrina’s Kids (April 2006): Nine months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, school districts in neighboring areas and as far away as Houston and Dallas are faced with a large influx of affected students who need aid and help.

From First to Footnote:(May 2004): Summerton, S.C., is home to the first of the five legal challenges that led to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. Fifty years after Brown, it is a place where separate still exists, and equal remains just out of its grasp.

Remembering Brown (May 2004): Interviews with Walter Chronkite, Richard Riley, John Hope Franklin, Ted Shaw, and Richard Kluger on the legacy of Brown v. Board.

Vouchers, Choice, and Controversy (January 2004): A look at the rise and battle over school vouchers as a judge strikes down Colorado’s statewide program. 

Taking Charge (December 2002): Urban mayors are becoming more involved than ever in school governance, but are takeovers really the answer?

Selected features written for American School Board Journal from 2002-2013. All stories are available for download in PDF format.

Restoring the Future (May 2012): How school officials in Joplin, Mo., responded to one of the most devastating tornadoes in U.S. history. I also took the cover photo and all of the accompanying images.

The Road to Unity (September 2008): Four California school districts merged into one after 60 years of animosity. Can the newly consolidated district look beyond history and become successful?

Time to Heal (April 2008): 71 years after a tragic — and preventable — explosion, lessons can still be learned from what happened at the London School in Texas.

Gathering Storm (May 2006): How soaring costs for health care and pension benefits are threatening school districts financially.

Squeeze Play (January 2006): School boards are being pressured on all sides, from politicians to parents to advocacy groups. Are the battles for control distracting boards from doing what’s best for children?

Title I at 40 (April 2005): A landmark anti-poverty program enters middle age with a new focus on achievement and accountability.

Dealing with Decline (September 2004): School districts are being forced to fend off large drops in enrollment by cutting staff and closing buildings.

Shortcut to Tragedy (August 2004): As steroid use by student athletes increases, school officials are struggling as they try to find ways to stop this dangerous trend.

Win at All Costs (August 2003): As professional sports move down to the teenage ranks, a troubling swirl of events is enveloping the world of high school athletics.

Laptop Learning (July 2002): A look at the nation’s first one-to-one laptop initiative in Henrico County, Va.