About Meredith @merkolodner
Meredith Kolodner is a staff writer at The Hechinger Report. She previously covered schools for the New York Daily News and was an editor at InsideSchools.org and for The Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. She’s also covered housing, schools, and local government for the Press of Atlantic City and The Chief-Leader newspaper and her work has appeared in the New York Times and the American Prospect.
Meredith’s Recent Stories
Education Dec 14Working long hours adds hurdle for undocumented students who dream of college
The stress of working jobs to financially support themselves and their families while attending high school hits undocumented teens disproportionally hard. Three young people describe their paths to higher education.
Education Aug 24How students with school debt but no degree get stuck in ‘purgatory’
In a vicious circle, debt and low-paying jobs make it tough to earn a way back to college. The numbers of students with school debt but no degree are large enough that the financial impact goes beyond individual struggles and…
Education Aug 23Growing number of Georgia students have debt but no college degree
More than 108,000 students who had taken out federal loans withdrew from Georgia’s public colleges and universities between 2013 and 2015.
Education Aug 22Georgia students drop out with high debt despite state surplus
More than half a billion dollars in surplus lottery funds, meant for Georgia’s college students, is sitting unused in the state’s coffers even as many drop out of school, unable to afford to continue.
Education Oct 23How a growing Arkansas town avoided segregation in its two high schools
ROGERS, Ark. — In 2006, the Rogers school district faced a difficult choice. The student population had grown enormously over the past decade and school officials didn’t relish the prospect of a massive high school of more than 4,000 students.
Education Oct 23In a conservative corner of Arkansas, schools focus on success for immigrants
ROGERS, Ark. — More than a dozen Spanish-speaking parents gathered at New Technology High School one night last fall to talk about college options with the high school’s guidance counselor. “A parent asked a question,” recalled teacher Martin Resendiz, who…
Education Aug 19Employer steps in to help low-income students get through college
Mercedez Vargas really wanted to get her high school diploma, but she struggled to get passing grades at a last-chance night school in the Bronx just as she had in the daytime at Marie Curie High School. A college degree?…
Education Jun 22As states cut student aid, dollars still flow to upper-income families
Twelve states plus Washington, D.C., now spend more on merit-based aid than need-based aid, and many others have increased funding for scholarships based on academic achievement instead of need. Some states have cut financial aid for everybody, leaving hundreds of…
Education Apr 02A radical approach to discipline that starts with listening to students
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Having racked up multiple up absences and missed assignments, a high school sophomore showed up in his English class last year, hopeful for another chance. “Where have you been?” his teacher asked. “You can’t pass this…
Education Feb 05Why do some states bar older students from receiving financial aid?
Misty Aemisegger had always planned to go to college, but when her daughter was born, she decided to stay home and take care of her. A series of short-lived factory jobs, including one that involved chemical exposure she suspects of…