Sarah Schneider


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. 

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The Allegheny County Police said Monday that a Penn Hills police officer killed a homicide suspect in an exchange of gunfire Sunday night and a second suspect, 15-year-old Myzle Ford, was arrested. 

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Pennsylvania students who attend state-owned universities won't see higher tuition next year, the first such freeze in more than 20 years.

The State System of Higher Education's board on Wednesday voted for to keep in-state tuition flat at about $7,700. 

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Pennsylvania colleges and universities could soon be required to offer online, anonymous systems to report sexual assault or violence.

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Penn Hills School District leaders say the district is in good shape for the next school year thanks to a last minute funding increase from the state.

The board unanimously approved a budget and a long-term financial recovery plan Saturday during a rescheduled meeting. The board had postponed its meeting this week as it waited for the state’s general assembly to approve a budget.

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Pennsylvania House Republicans say language was added to appropriation legislation for the University of Pittsburgh to safeguard against using state dollars for abortion procedures.

David King has worked at the main branch of the Carnegie Library system as a part-time librarian for 15 years. While he works with patrons daily, he says leadership typically solicits input from consultants instead of rank-and-file employees.

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An audit of the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ transportation department found that the district was eligible for nearly $2 million in state fuel reimbursements, but that taxpayers were "shortchanged" by the district’s lack of proper record-keeping.

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Middle schoolers from Milliones 6-12 will remain at the Hill District school next year, after the Pittsburgh Public School Board rejected a proposal that would have sent them to Arsenal 6-8 in Lawrenceville.

Instead, Pittsburgh Public School administrators will spend the next school year working with Hill District community leaders to make Milliones, also known as University Preparatory School or UPrep, successful.

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As students wrap up the school year and head for the pool and camp, early childhood and elementary educators hope that they also spend a good amount of time with books.

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Tuesday night’s election results mean that the Pittsburgh Public Schools District will have three new directors on the nine member board who will face some crucial tests in the coming months, including the budget and fate of its senior leadership.

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Candidates running for a seat on the Pittsburgh Public Schools board have spent the last few months knocking on doors, handing out signs and seeking endorsements. The nine candidates have significant questions to answer about their leadership styles and policies ahead of the May 21 primary.

The solicitor for the Pittsburgh Public Schools district is investigating claims made in a KDKA news story that implies district administrators took an all-expenses paid trip to Cuba last month without the board’s approval and in violation of its gifts policy.

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It is unclear if University of Pittsburgh graduate student workers will be able to unionize. The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board tallied votes Friday, but the board was unable to make a determination because of a number of contested ballots.

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Candidates vying for three seats on the Pittsburgh Public Schools board largely agree when it comes to identifying the most pressing issues facing the state’s second largest public school district. 

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Sixteen-year-old Isabelle Walker sits at a black lab table wearing a lab coat. She stares down at a petri dish.

“We’re trying to see how different bacterial colonies grow in different conditions,” she said. 

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Before Pittsburgh became the Steel City, the region was known for glass manufacturing.

Just 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Jeannette was once home to several glass plants and was known as “Glass City.”

Jeannette Specialty Glass has remained in business since 1904.

“This little town used to be a big bustling town. It used to have seven glass factories here,” said CEO Kathleen Sarniak-Tanzola. “I’m the only one left.”

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University of Pittsburgh graduate students begin voting Monday to determine whether the nearly 2,000 student workers will be represented by the United Steelworkers Union.

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Nine candidates vying for four seats on the Pittsburgh Public Schools board mostly agree on what the biggest issues are facing the state's second largest school district. The biggest differences are in how they might go about addressing them.

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Hundreds of high school and college students walked out of classrooms Monday morning demanding justice for Antwon Rose, the teen who was shot and killed in June by an East Pittsburgh police officer.

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The wife of former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld burst into tears, shaking uncontrollably, when a jury announced Friday it had acquitted her husband of homicide. Meanwhile, the mother of Antwon Rose, who the officer fatally shot last summer, did not cry in the courtroom. Michelle Kenney later said she was disappointed in the verdict but not surprised.

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A week after the Art Institute of Pittsburgh abruptly closed, students are left with few local options.

As of January, 230 students attended the Strip District location while nearly 2,000 took courses online, according to the for-profit college.

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University of Pittsburgh graduate students are one step closer to having union representation. 


The Pittsburgh Diocese says the wounds created in the church from decades of clergy sexual abuse against minors need healing. Bishop David Zubik released a plan for that process Monday.

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This is one of two parts of our hour-long special, airing at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 1, looking at translation services in western Pennsylvania school districts. The other part is available here.

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Longtime Penn Hills resident Eugene Berry said he recently advised his daughter and son-in-law to not buy a home in the Penn Hills School District.

He told a room full of more than 200 other community members that he was concerned about the impact the school district’s financial condition would have on the municipality.

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School districts are federally required to provide translation services for all families. But they're also becoming increasingly diverse. WESA reporters Sarah Schneider and Virginia Alvino Young look at how well school districts in western Pennsylvania are doing and what's at stake. 

Hear our hour-long education special Friday, March 1 at 9 a.m. 

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Investigators hired by the Pittsburgh Public School District say there isn’t enough evidence to determine who signed the name of board representative Kevin Carter on a letter attempting to lure Amazon's HQ2 to Pittsburgh.


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Less than 20 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the last four Pittsburgh school board elections, according to a coalition of 17 groups trying to get out the vote in the second largest school district in Pennsylvania.

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Colleges and universities have to better align the skills they teach to what employers say are needed, according to a new report from the RAND Corporation.

The findings are built on a previous study that surveyed more than 80 colleges and 60 employers in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. The new report released this month surveyed five colleges in those states that have collaborated in a public-private partnership with regional employers in the oil and gas industry.

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Rason Conner has almost exclusively been taught by white, female teachers.