Sarah Schneider

Reporter

Sarah Schneider covers education for 90.5 WESA. That means looking at how people learn in Western Pennsylvania. Her reporting examines how local and national decisions impact quality and access to education. She loves being in classrooms talking to students and teachers.

She is also a local fill-in host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Previously, Sarah was a reporting fellow at WESA for two years by way of an Americorps affiliated program, Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE). She has interned with newspapers in Illinois, Idaho and Pennsylvania. 

Story ideas are always welcome at sschneider@wesa.fm.

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Almost a year after the September 11th attacks, researchers still saw children crashing toy airplanes into towers of blocks.

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Pittsburgh Public Schools board representative Kevin Carter says he did not sign a letter of support for Amazon’s HQ2 that bears his signature. And the solicitor for the school district, whose office procured that letter, says an investigation will begin immediately. 

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Eligible Pittsburgh Public Schools students could receive up to 30 percent off graduate program tuition at Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University, the institutions announced Wednesday.

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Pittsburgh Public Schools continues to face stark challenges when it comes to students reaching academic milestones even though a report released Monday shows incremental improvement in a few areas.

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Several Pittsburgh-based organizations committed to housing equity launched a city-wide tenants' union Thursday.

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On Tuesday, just over half of Allegheny County voters rejected a property tax hike.

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Allegheny County voters narrowly denied a ballot measure to increase property taxes for child well-being programs. 

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One of the oldest languages in North America is at risk of endangerment.

Diné is the most common indigenous language in North America, but is now classified as an endangered language.

Duolingo has been working with the Navajo Nation, who are native speakers, to create a course to help preserve the language. The course is in beta testing and is available for free to people who want to learn the language.

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In the days leading up to the election, volunteers are knocking on doors to ask residents what they say is a simple question.

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History teacher Jackie Goldblum told her students that she felt helpless and scared after the attack on a synagogue about 2 miles from the school.

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School board member Sala Udin stood in front of a crowded room of concerned parents and community members this week and promised change.

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Pittsburgh Public Schools police officers will not be allowed to carry guns anytime soon.

The school board voted 8-1 Wednesday to deny a revised policy that would have authorized the district’s 22 sworn officers to carry firearms.

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It took only five minutes for a Beaver Area school board to accept the resignation of its high school principal during a special Monday meeting, putting a quiet end to a divisive issue among community members.

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In the past, Pittsburgh Public Schools have organized teams to run in a one-mile race the day before the Pittsburgh Marathon.

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Sabira Bushra lives on the same street where she was raised.

The street filled with two-story homes and bush-lined sidewalks in the East End Belmar neighborhood hasn’t changed very much since she was a child. 

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More than half of North American bird species are threatened by climate change, according to the national Audubon Society, which links the welfare of birds to urbanization.

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Luddy Hayden remembers meeting only one African-American instructor while he was an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Author and education researcher Karin Chenoweth spent a decade in public schools where low-income students perform at high levels. She calls them “unexpected schools.”

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Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board members will vote on whether to arm the 22 police officers the district employs later this month. 

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Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet says district-wide reform is a marathon, not a sprint.

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The superintendent of the Beaver Area School District paused before the start of Monday’s school board meeting and told a packed auditorium that she is gay.

During the first Mass of the school year, two students at St. Bernard Elementary School in suburban Pittsburgh stand in front of the congregation and lead their classmates in prayer.

They pray for the leaders of the world, for the sick and suffering, and for the victims of abuse in the Catholic Church.

It is the only time clergy abuse is mentioned during the service. It might be the only time it's mentioned in the school. Principal Anthony Merante says he wants to leave that conversation up to parents.

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During the first mass of the school year, two students at St. Bernard Elementary School stood in front of the congregation and lead their classmates in prayer.

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Black students in Allegheny County are suspended at more than seven times the rate of their non-black peers. 

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Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will begin a performance audit this month of transportation contracts and costs in the Pittsburgh Public School District.

The last audit of the district from his office was released in 2015 and did not cover transportation.

PPS has a dozen transportation contracts, something he said could be justified, but is concerning.

“One of the things we’re going to see is would it make sense to have only one vendor or potentially do it in-house,” he said. “Or to see maybe if that could be paired down.”

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A Republican State Senate Committee met with a group of school officials and school police officers from the western Pennsyvlania on Monday, to talk about what resources and support they need to keep schools safe.

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Seven cars from a freight train derailed and crashed into the Station Square light rail stop on Sunday afternoon, causing extensive damage, according to Norfolk Southern officials. That number was updated from the original four cars said to have derailed.

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The Pittsburgh Public Schools board approved a resolution Wednesday night opposing state or federal legislation that would arm teachers.

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Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President Nina Esposito-Visgitis told a crowd of educators from across the country Friday that Pittsburgh teachers are committing to the union in the wake of a recent Supreme Court ruling.

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Mike McGrenehan thought he was headed for a life in the suburbs.

Growing up in Northeast Philadelphia, not far from the city limits, McGrenehan always figured he’d marry, have kids, and ship off to the open spaces of suburbia. The “McMansion push,” he called it.

He moved to Montgomery County when he and his wife first married, but it never quite felt like home.

“When we left, we were out on an island,” he said.

After a few years, they moved back to Northeast Philly, had three kids, but reached another turning point when their oldest turned five.

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