Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven, in that we believe that every child deserves an excellent education, and that a strong press is vital to making that happen. Yet we are also fiercely independent, in that we do not take a position on the best path for achieving equity.
Because Chalkbeat believe that education is fundamentally a local issue, our coverage is rooted in local communities. To date, they report from and about seven locations: Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York, and Tennessee.
As a nonprofit, Chalkbeat’s support comes from a diverse mix of sources, including sponsors who pay for opportunities to share messages with our readers and donors who believe in our mission. As most local news sources shrink
, creating more so-called “news deserts,” Chalkbeat is building a sustainable model that is local, substantive, and independent.