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Arianna Skibell

Arianna Skibell writes for The Hechinger Report. Before joining Hechinger, she covered health, education, race and criminal/social justice while earning her masters degree at Columbia Journalism School. Her work has appeared in Salon, NY City Lens and Uptown Radio. Arianna graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Psychology and Linguistics from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., where she also grew up. While at Emory, she served as the Editor in Chief of the student newspaper, The Emory Wheel. In kindergarten, Arianna received the Bright Ideas Award, and she has been thinking ever since.

Recent Stories

Been accepted into college? Now it’s time to start negotiating for a better price

To universities’ and colleges’ unease, more students are demanding better deals

Rising costs brings new focus on how exactly colleges set their prices

With tuition up, the real reason college costs what it does is under unaccustomed scrutiny

Joseph Leogrande, who is on the autism spectrum, learns to make a podcast with the education nonprofit Tech Kids Unlimited (TKU).

More people with autism are getting training for technology jobs

Some worry the push forecloses other job prospects

A student cheers during the University of Mississippi commencement ceremony in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, May 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Daily Mississippian, Thomas Graning)

Experts want to tackle college affordability by first defining “affordable,” which is harder than it sounds

Everyone knows it takes a lot to pay for college. But exactly how much? The lowest-earning families must spend about 60 percent of their family income to afford a…

How one KIPP principal is trying to get his students to college – and keep them there

Kurt Pusch, principal of KIPP Denver Collegiate High School, has presided over a significant turnaround in student performance. Photo courtesy of Kurt Pusch As the nation’s…

New supports for first-gen students: Helpful or just ‘a drop in the bucket?’

Some small private colleges that are making an effort to recruit and retain first generation students are reporting some success

What Arne Duncan did to American education and whether it will last

US President Barack Obama announces that education Secretary Arne Duncan will step down in December and John King, former State Superintendent in New York, will take his place…

Cooperman Scholar Sideeq Waziri and pre-college program director Shawn Jenkins talk about college.

Can $25 million get 500 poor kids to and through college? One billionaire is trying

Cooperman Scholar Ashly Sanchez plays an icebreaker game during the program’s summer session on Rutgers University-Newark’s campus. Photo: Arianna Skibell NEWARK, N.J. — A group of…

Student loan default rates drop. Are income-driven repayment plans the reason?

A sharp drop in the number of college students who stop paying back their loans indicates that recent efforts to help students manage their debt are starting to pay off.…