We want our comments forums to be a place for productive conversation about what is and isn’t working in education today. We value the insights that our commenters share with us and with one another, and we want to encourage constructive debate that deepens our education coverage.

This comments policy is a guide for how the Chalkbeat staff and readers can work together to achieve these goals.

We hope you will:
  • Share relevant personal experiences that help illuminate the issue
  • Ask questions about something you didn’t understand or something that wasn’t clear in the story
  • Suggest ideas for how to follow up on a story or suggest other story ideas
  • Point out perspectives that are missing from the story
  • Point out an inaccuracy in the story
  • Respectfully respond to other commenters to share your opinion and spur debate
  • Like other comments that you think add something useful to the conversation. These comments will appear at the top of the comments section.
  • Flag or send us an email about comments that violate our policy
  • Keep your comments brief. If you’d like to write something longer, submit a First Person post.
Please don’t:
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  • Disparage people of a certain gender or sexual orientation
  • Personally attack others, including other commenters and the Chalkbeat staff
  • Make comments that are libelous
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  • Create a fake identity to praise yourself, friends or an organization you represent
  • Post a comment that is not relevant to the story or the broader topic
  • Post inaccurate comments
  • Use profane language

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