Chastity Pratt

Chastity Pratt 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’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

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

February 16, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

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

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

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

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

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

Will Detroit school board candidates choose to fight or unite?

October 25, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

Some of the 63 candidates for school board want to carry on the fight against the state’s financial oversight. Others vow to work within the state’s restrictions. See our database on each candidate.

McPhail continues to lead Detroit charter school, faces more fines

September 29, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit Community Schools, run by former Detroit city attorney Sharon McPhail, faces $21k in monthly fines for continuing to employ her and another administrator who the state say lack proper certification as administrators. She has appealed.

School choice, metro Detroit’s new white flight

September 13, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt

Nearly 50 years after the racial tumult of 1967, state schools of choice policies are helping to create more racially segregated districts in metro Detroit and beyond.

Walking back segregation in Ferndale schools

September 13, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt

Ferndale, an inner-ring suburb popular with Detroit students, is taking bold steps to desegregate its schools.

Program busing Flint workers to distant jobs holds promise across state

August 16, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

More resources are being sought for transportation that recently doubled the number of Flint-area residents hired and bused to jobs in Livingston County.

Detroit charter school profiled by Bridge fined $144,000 by state

August 4, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

A school run by former Detroit city councilwoman Sharon McPhail is fined after a Bridge investigation revealed she is unlicensed

For Detroit’s new school board, state still wields the power

August 2, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit’s school board will have power limits unlike other districts across Michigan. Some fear that those restrictions will scare off strong candidate

Real talk about race

July 28, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

We asked leaders around metro Detroit to talk frankly about racial attitudes in their lives and communities. These five answered the bell.

Kenneth Reed

July 28, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

In Flint, questions about Legionnaires’ death toll

June 28, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

Bertie Marble’s death certificate points to pneumonia. But an attorney for her family, and her own medical records, raise questions about whether she was an uncounted victim of Legionnaires’ disease. Experts say toll may be far larger.

Legionnaires’ disease timeline

June 28, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

Bertie Marble’s 2015 death coincided with a trio of emergencies in Genesee County: the Flint water crisis, an increase in pneumonia and flu deaths, and a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak

Down and out in purest Michigan

June 21, 2016 | Chastity Pratt

In a U.P. forest, the “‘hood in the woods” has struggled to build a real community on an abandoned military base. The results so far are mixed

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