Laura Meckler

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering K-12 education across the country, as well as federal education policy and politics

Education: Washington University in St. Louis, A.B. in political science and international development

Laura Meckler is national education writer for The Washington Post, where she covers education across the country as well as federal education policy and politics. She came to The Post from the Wall Street Journal, where she covered presidential politics, the White House, changing American demographics, immigration and health care. Before that, she worked at the Associated Press's Washington bureau and covered state government in Columbus, Ohio. She got her start writing about everything from schools and cops to the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival at the Repository newspaper in Can
Latest from Laura Meckler

Across the country, educational equity was in vogue. Then it wasn’t.

Last year, conservatives took over dozens of schools boards around the country while campaigning against critical race theory. One new majority in Colorado is working to unwind a raft of diversity and equity initiatives.

June 8, 2022

Climate change is forcing schools to close early for ‘heat days’

Regions where extreme heat was once rare now periodically find their buildings unbearable. Schools are using double the number of heat days compared with a decade ago, a study found.

June 4, 2022

Gender identity lessons, banned in some schools, are rising in others

Conservatives say children are being taught inappropriate material in young grades. What do curriculums actually say about gender identity, sexuality and anatomy?

June 3, 2022

Schools are struggling to meet rising mental health needs, data shows

A federal survey documents the pandemic's toll, with 7 in 10 public schools seeing a rising number of students seeking mental health services. About half of schools said they were able to effectively provide resources.

May 31, 2022

Experts cast doubt on high-tech efforts to stop school shooters

In the aftermath of another school shooting, school leaders, teachers, parents and others are debating, yet again, how the next one might be prevented.

May 28, 2022

National school board group says it wrongly took sides in political debate

An independent report commissioned by the National School Boards Association details communications with the Biden administration ahead of a controversial call for the federal response to help stop violence at school board meetings.

May 21, 2022

For Black Americans, teaching about systemic racism is more urgent than ever

Teachers and students now say education about race has never felt more important.

May 20, 2022

Facing pushback, Biden administration clarifies charter school rules

After coming under significant pressure from charter school advocates, the Biden administration on Wednesday clarified that tough new rules for federal funding of charter schools are not as tough as they appear.

May 11, 2022

These are books school systems don’t want you to read, and why

Why do opponents say they want to ban titles like "Gender Queer," "The 1619 Project," and "Maus"?

April 28, 2022

Enrollment fell and fell again in schools that operated virtually

Districts that operated in person last school year were far more likely to rebound in enrollment this year than those that continued to operate virtually, data shows.

April 27, 2022