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.

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Radio ad claims Sen. Debbie Stabenow supports 'black genocide,' draws outrage

October 22, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Ministers call on Republican John James to denounce ad running on Detroit-area station that equates pro-choice politics with killing black babies.

$100 million for waterfront a boon to Detroit, will connect to state trails

October 18, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Foundation started by the late Buffalo Bills owner and Michigander Ralph Wilson donated the funds to develop the waterfront park

Lawmakers to introduce bills to reform bail in Michigan

October 16, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Michigan lawmakers propose bills to get rid of cash bail, but can they get it done before time runs out?

Truth Squad | Does Bill Schuette care if sick people can get insurance?

October 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A Gretchen Whitmer ad goes beyond criticizing Schuette for his efforts to abolish the ACA. She says he favors letting insurance companies decide whether to cover people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Bill Schuette, Gretchen Whitmer push for bus fixes to help Detroit schools

October 3, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Koby Levin

Candidates for Michigan governor say they can help crisis of Detroit kids switching schools too often, tanking test scores.

Five ways to reduce harm of students frequently changing schools

October 1, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Erin Einhorn

Streamlining records, expanding transportation, improving staffing are some of the ways schools can improve when populations frequently change.

When students leave Detroit schools, staff often has no clue where they go.

October 1, 2018 | Erin Einhorn, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Dozens of different companies operate schools in Detroit and rarely share information, so educators often don’t know if children transferred or are in grave danger.

In Detroit, students never say goodbye. That’s a heartbreak for teachers.

October 1, 2018 | Erin Einhorn, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Highly transient populations in Detroit make classroom cohesion difficult, adding yet another challenge atop many others for teachers.

The children of 8B: Choice, school hopping brings ‘chaos’ to Detroit classrooms

October 1, 2018 | Erin Einhorn, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

One in three elementary school students changes schools every year in Detroit, a city with so many school options that choice has become a big reason test scores are so low.

National group is paying bail for poor jail defendants in Detroit

September 27, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The project, supported by Wayne County Jail officials, is part of a movement to eliminate cash bail to avoid disparities between those who can pay and those who can’t while they await their day in court.

Truth Squad | Bill Schuette goes low, accusing Whitmer of terror sympathy

September 12, 2018 | Ron French, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Why talk about Michigan potholes when you can attack your opponent about Middle East terrorism? Bill Schuette goes for the jugular, and earns a misleading rating from Truth Squad

Is lead in your Michigan school’s water? Chances are, nobody knows.

September 7, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Samana Sheikh

As state bills requiring school water tests stall, Detroit’s voluntary testing raises questions about lead in schools across Michigan.

Michigan voters to governor candidates: Fix the roads, schools, insurance

September 7, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

At a recent Truth Tour stop, voters tell Bridge their concerns mostly align with top issues identified by Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer in their campaigns for governor.

Michigan is failing its students, as state test scores keep tanking

August 29, 2018 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

M-STEP results show 1-in-3 third-graders are not proficient in reading. The bad news extends across grades and subjects, impacting white, black and Hispanic students. What should state do now?

Database: Check out your Michigan school and district M-STEP scores

August 29, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

See how students in your schools performed in reading language arts, math and other subjects this past school year

Poor people at risk of eviction as tax credits expire and Detroit revives

August 21, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit city officials, housing advocates and developers are scrambling to preserve low-income housing as tax credits expire in the city’s trendiest neighborhoods.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan flexes clout, mostly scores with Dem wins

August 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Joel Kurth

The mayor got behind Gretchen Whitmer and targeted lawmakers who fought auto insurance reforms. But Duggan candidates had some big misses, too.

Gretchen Whitmer and Bill Schuette, ideological opposites, face off for governor

August 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The Democratic and Republican frontrunners swamped their party rivals and now bring starkly different visions for curing all that ails Michigan

Eight takeaways from Michigan’s gubernatorial primary

August 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Can a Trump-centric platform win in November? Where do progressives go from here? Did Michigan pollsters redeem themselves? Bridge answers the burning questions from Tuesday’s primary races.

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on problems plaguing cities

August 3, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Michigan governor candidates talk about how to solve city-specific problems related to revenue sharing, auto insurance reform, poverty and more.

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