September 7, 2020
CFT helps fund The Dallas Morning News Education Lab to expand education coverage
The Dallas Morning News will launch a new initiative this fall, the Education Lab, that will expand its education coverage, adding two staff members and a fellow solely focused on education. This effort will double the production of in-depth stories and data insights to illuminate the progress and remaining challenges within the North Texas education-to-workforce pipeline.
"This is such an important time for us to be doubling down on public education. Because it is easy at times like this, at a time of crisis, to have the long game get lost. I'm a big believer that the long game for the State of Texas - and North Texas - is the state of our education system." -Grant Moise, Publisher and President, The Dallas Morning News
CFT and Educate Texas are two of the initial funders pledging $210,000 annually for two years to support the launch. Other funders include The Meadows Foundation, The Dallas Foundation, Southern Methodist University, Todd A. Williams Family Foundation, The Beck Group, and Bobby and Lottye Lyle. CFT will serve as the fiscal sponsor in managing the funds. While this effort is community funded, The Dallas Morning News will retain full editorial control of the Education Lab to ensure high quality, independent journalism.
"One of the best ways to strengthen the area's education ecosystem is to elevate the voice of educators and build public awareness around what is happening locally. Having robust reporting, highlighting what's working and what's not, and keeping it visible in front of readers - I think there can be an enormous amount of community good by just continuing to provide great journalism." -Dave Scullin, CFT's President and CEO
The Education Lab team will focus on deepening coverage and conversation about urgent education issues critical to our region’s future, including school funding, college completion, workforce readiness, school choice, early childhood education, and more.
Learn more about Education Lab
Read the Fall IMPACT magazine here