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

People need jobs. Factories need workers. Busing, a love story.

May 10, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A partnership is connecting poor, hard-to-employ Flint residents with a factory hungry for workers in Howell. How a public-private transportation program is helping both sides thrive.

State launches investigation into Detroit charter school

April 14, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

In the aftermath of Bridge’s story on the Detroit Community Schools, the Michigan Department of Education is checking for certification violations

One poor neighborhood, one struggling school

April 12, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A low-achieving Detroit charter, now run by former city councilwoman Sharon McPhail and administrators with checkered pasts, is the only high school in Brightmoor. Other city neighborhoods face a glut of schools. Can a new commission bring order to Detroit’s chaotic school landscape?

A Bridge Q-and-A with Detroit’s Big 3 education chiefs

March 31, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

It’s a high-powered trio presiding over huge changes for Detroit’s public school system. Judge Steven Rhodes, interim Supt. Alycia Meriweather and EAA chief Veronica Conforme reveal their priorities in the push to finally fix city schools

Detroit schools and the $715-million Band-Aid

March 17, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Seven reasons why Detroit Public Schools (and other Michigan districts) are destined for future deficits, even if their debts are erased now

What Flint lost

February 16, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

After more than a year of misinformation, Flint residents say they can no longer trust anything the government tells them. Paranoia? Or history?

Empathy, action, truth: How crisis communications might save Flint

February 16, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Experts say the key to rebuilding trust is skilled crisis management, but that’s not happening in Flint, at least not yet.

Two candidates emerge to run Detroit schools after EM’s exit

February 3, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Some are questioning whether either Tonya Allen or Charlie Beckham have the education experience necessary to lead the struggling district.

Pit bulls versus everybody. Should they be banned?

January 28, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

In the aftermath of two grisly deaths, some cities defend laws restricting pit bulls, even as a bill in Lansing would strip local governments from being able to ban specific breeds.

Sink or swim: Higher education is key to Michigan’s future

December 10, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A new report by education, business, philanthropic and government leaders says Michigan’s rise to an elite state depends on getting far more students to graduate from college or obtain a technical certificate after high school.

To rebuild Detroit, restore the schools

December 1, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

As state leaders contemplate the next, new education plan for Detroit students, parents warn that more families will leave if the schools don’t improve.

Amid Flint’s water crisis, a quiet success story

November 19, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Flint has seen roughly 30 percent of its blighted homes demolished since 2014, exceeding the city’s goals when it received federal funds to fight blight.

Why Flint is planting clover, rather than grass, on vacant lots

November 19, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Cities are turning to this perennial plant as a low-mow solution for maintaining abandoned or vacant properties.

How Snyder’s plan to fix Detroit school debt impacts other districts

October 27, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

There is a growing acknowledgement in Lansing that the debt that accumulated in Detroit’s schools while under state oversight should be borne by the state.

Building a path to better, higher-paying Michigan jobs

October 22, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The second of three Center for Michigan summits focused on ways to increase upward mobility for Michigan workers.

For impoverished Michiganders, a little help in the kitchen

October 15, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Nancy Derringer

Low-income people often find it harder to eat well. Classes designed to teach basic cooking skills, and how to find food growing wild on vacant lots, aim to fill the gap.

Echoing state, Detroit schools cut back on standardized tests

October 8, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Bowing to complaints about test fatigue, Detroit reins in the amount of time students spend on in-district standardized tests.

Residents bullish on job training, and want employers to carry load

September 17, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Residents say additional training, apprenticeship and internship programs will give young and older workers a boost.

In Michigan heroin epidemic, deciding whose lives are worth saving

September 1, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

With heroin and prescription drug abuse at historic levels, lawmakers are pushing for wider access to naloxone, a life-saving antidote, for some drug abusers.

Lawmakers to big box stores: Pay your fair share of taxes!

August 11, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Legislators want to stop big box retailers from using a controversial tax strategy that is cutting their property tax payments in half; a maneuver that small towns say is crushing their budgets and spreading to other businesses.

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