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Staff Writer

Meredith Kolodner

Meredith Kolodner is a staff writer. She previously covered schools for the New York Daily News and was an editor at 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. Kolodner is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and an active New York City public school parent. She is grateful to her 11th grade English teacher who persistently gave her Cs on essays until she finally stopped burying the lead.

Recent Stories

Latino students

Out of the fields: In a North Carolina county where few Latino parents have diplomas, their kids are aiming for college

Latinos have some of the lowest education levels in the country, but poverty and immigration fears aren’t holding back some students and schools trying to break the cycle

high school diploma

Hope in coal country: Parents without diplomas keep their kids in school

In a Kentucky county where coal once reigned, a principal tries to map a future for students that won’t take them away from home

Avoyelles Parish

Progress in the Deep South: Black students combat segregation, poverty and dwindling school funding

In a parish with one of the lowest rates of black high school graduates in the nation, a community tries to raise graduation rates

Latino students

Desde el campo: En un condado de Carolina del Norte donde pocos padres latinos tienen diplomas, sus hijos van en busca de una educación universitaria

Los latinos tienen algunos de los más bajos niveles educacionales del país, pero el temor a la pobreza y a los problemas de inmigración no son un impedimento para alumnos y escuelas que tratan de romper el ciclo

certificate programs

Will colleges with sky-high default rates face consequences?

New federal data reveals schools where more than half of students default on their loans. Will the government take action?

certificate programs

‘They just saw me as a dollar sign’: How some certificate schools profit from vulnerable students

When government turns a blind eye, for-profit colleges fail to fulfill promise of a fast path to a new career and leave students in debt

Glenda Martin of Fort Dodge borrowed $23,000. She said that she supported Iowa’s 2,100-hour requirement in theory but that in practice, many of those hours were wasted.

Tangled up in debt

Beauty schools profit while their students find the promise of a lucrative career elusive

How the Georgia governor’s race could influence college access there

Report finds Georgia’s public system has two tiers, limiting access for lower-income students

Lack of sufficient financial aid has forced Jocelyn Ramirez to work more than 40 hours a week and cut down on coursework so she can afford to stay in college.

Eligible for financial aid, nearly a million students never get it

States run out of money and aspiring low-income college students feel the pain

Dominic, 3 and Zaire, 2, play while their moms take part in a conversation about bullying at a Family Scholar House Café Night.

These formerly homeless single moms beat the odds and are now college grads

They're hoping to give their children a better chance, too