Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Chastity Pratt Dawsey covers Michigan’s cities and urban affairs for Bridge. She joined the Bridge team from the The Detroit Free Press after more than a decade of providing authoritative coverage of Detroit Public Schools. She has broken many of the biggest stories regarding education in the state’s largest city over the past decade. Pratt Dawsey’s work also has appeared in USA Today, Essence Magazine and the Investigative Reporters & Editors Journal. Before the Free Press, the native Detroiter was a reporter at Newsday in Long Island, NY, and The Oregonian newspaper in Portland. She started her career as an intern at The New York Times. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from the University of Michigan. You can reach Chastity via email at cpratt@bridgemi.com, or call her at 313-310-7867.

Articles

Michigan failing its special needs children, parents and studies say.

August 10, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Federal officials say Michigan isn’t properly educating students with disabilities. Parents blame cost cutting.

Lessons learned: Big money alone can’t fix public schools

July 27, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Some of Michigan’s top foundations invested millions of dollars to improve Detroit education. The group they formed has closed quietly, falling well short of its goals.

Who’s certified to run Michigan’s schools? Nobody knows

June 20, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A state effort is underway to track school superintendents, principals.

Can Peters and Stabenow help Michigan in a GOP Congress?

June 15, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The state’s two U.S. Senators, both Democrats, tell Bridge and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative how they plan to improve Michigan’s economy, and the challenges they face when their party is not in power.  

One envelope holds her fate. Is she getting deported today?

May 30, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A Michigan woman brings hope and a duffel bag to the airport on what could be her last day in only country she’s known since she was a baby.

More showings added for documentary on ‘67 Detroit uprisings

May 18, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The documentary, produced by the Detroit Free Press in partnership with Bridge Magazine is selling out fast. A Bridge/DJC book examining the violence that shook Detroit 50 years ago is available now.

Mom has sick husband, baby – and looming deportation to ‘home’ she’s never known

May 11, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The past and new immigration policies catch up to a woman who must soon leave United States –  and her family.

There’s a lot riding on Detroit’s new QLINE streetcar

May 11, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

To break even, streetcar must be more than a millennial mover or party tram for sports fans, experts say.

QLINE by the numbers (slideshow)

May 11, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

How much did it cost? How much does it need to make to break even? We break it all down for you.

Bridge wins 19 awards from Society of Professional Journalists

April 25, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Bridge staff sweeps online news, investigative prizes for coverage of Flint, misuse of welfare money and more

How to improve SAT scores without going broke

April 20, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Examining free college prep exam courses, which some say work just as well as those that cost thousands.

‘The Intersection’ book explores race, rebellion and the damage done in 1967 Detroit

April 19, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Compilation from Bridge and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative measures how much has changed since deadly days of 1967. It goes on sale today. Get your copy in one click.

In Detroit, only a mighty few can open new charter schools

April 6, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The NAACP urges a moratorium on new charter schools. A new law, though, already limits their growth in Detroit.

One promise Mike Duggan can’t keep?

March 30, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit’s mayor has said early and often he should be judged by whether Detroit gains population. So far, it hasn’t.

Michigan shuts down bad schools. Leading states build them up.

February 21, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Michigan’s law that calls for the annual closure of the state’s worst schools is unique in the nation.

For poor and first-generation college students, ‘I think I can’ is half the battle

February 16, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Amid a graduation gap, Michigan colleges are making a greater effort to help low-income, first generation and other at-risk students earn their college degree.

Soaring pneumonia deaths in Genesee County likely linked to undiagnosed Legionnaires’, experts say

January 26, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Pneumonia was blamed for 177 deaths over two years. Experts say Legionnaires’ was likely the culprit in some of the deaths, but patients were never tested. The county is now requiring such testing.

Betsy DeVos’s Michigan legacy

December 6, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The nominee for U.S. Education Secretary has used money and muscle to make Michigan a free-market lab for charter and school choice expansion. Can she sell the results?

State sheds little light on troubled prison transport firm

November 29, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Michigan uses a for-profit company that’s been accused in the death, injury and abuse of prisoners, while other prisoners have escaped. State prison officials don’t want to talk about it

Steps Michigan can take to make prisoner transportation more secure

November 29, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

To reduce injuries, deaths, escapes and lawsuits involving for-profit prison transport companies, state prison officials could consider these recommendations

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