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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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.

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The Penn Hills School District’s financial position is “catastrophic,” according to an Allegheny County grand jury report released Tuesday.

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A for-profit college located in the Strip District could close its doors at the end of the current term, leaving hundreds of students to figure out how to continue their education.  

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An investigation continues two months after a Pittsburgh Public Schools board member said his signature was forged on an official letter in support of bringing Amazon’s second headquarters to the city. 

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Nearly a year after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, students at the University of Pittsburgh marked his birthday by demanding diversity. Five decades later, university leaders acknowledge it is a persistent challenge.

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A practice developed in the justice system has proven to be successful in Pittsburgh's public schools.  

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Monte Robinson spent the last few months helping school leaders figure out what their students need.

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Pennsylvania needs more teachers and principals. This past semester, eight state universities created programs to recruit and retain more educators. 

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Teachers at a Regent Square school are the most recent charter school employees in the region to unionize. 

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Over the last few years, Melody Ray has fielded many calls seeking advice on how to talk to kids about addiction and overdose. 

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Starting a conversation with a stranger can be difficult. That can be especially true for a young person.

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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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