Maybe you read Chalkbeat on the train to school. Or you scroll through Rise & Shine before breakfast. Or maybe you swap Chalkbeat stories with colleagues and friends who care just as much as you do about education. Whatever your style, there’s a word for what you do; you Chalkbeat.
To Chalkbeat ˈchȯk-ˈbēt verb: The act of contributing to, creating, reading, sharing, discussing, and/or acting on high-quality local stories about educational equity — all as part of a community of like-minded people.
This year, we are calling on our readers to make Chalkbeat’s work possible by:
- Sharing #WhyIChalkbeat on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
- Making a monthly donation by clicking here
I Chalkbeat because I care about the future of public education in New York City. In 2015, we have told the story of students like Iszzy and Elodie Oriental, who attend a Brooklyn high school struggling to improve, and dug deeper than anyone else into the city’s broader plans to fix its low-performing schools. I Chalkbeat because for every story about school segregation that we have told, and for every question about special education we have answered, there are hundreds more scattered across the city’s 1,800 public schools.
We also believe that strong community journalism requires strong community support.
Chalkbeat is supported by the generosity of philanthropy and sponsors, but your participation is vital to sustaining our work and independence.
Together, we can work towards a better informed New York.