Ariel Gilreath

Ariel Gilreath covers early education and K-12 schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee and West Virginia. She most recently covered education and family issues in South Carolina with the Greenville News and the USA Today Network, where she received first place in education reporting from the South Carolina Press Association for her coverage in 2020. She has previously covered education for the Greenville Journal and the Index-Journal in South Carolina. Gilreath graduated from Winthrop University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

The City Where Third Graders Train to Be Engineers

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Since Greenville, South Carolina started offering “career education” for its youngest students, the number of graduates earning industry certifications has soared.

For a Lesson in Pre-K Excellence, Look to Alabama

4 min read

As the U.S. considers universal preschool, Alabama’s free pre-K stands out as a model for long-term, bipartisan success.

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