Sara Neufeld

Sara Neufeld is a contributing editor at the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education-news outlet affiliated with Teachers College, Columbia University.

Sara Neufeld appears in the following:

A Mother Hangs Her Hopes On A New High School

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Last year, when Jann Peña was in eighth grade at a public school and his little brother was in second grade at a charter school, the little brother got more homework.

That was just fine with Jann, an easygoing 14-year-old who passed his ample free time racing cars on his ...


The Lesson Plan For A New School: Teaching 'Joyous Service'

Monday, November 23, 2015

The two births that would change everything for Taylor Delhagen were due to occur 24 hours apart. If all went according to plan, his school would come into being one day, and his first child would arrive the next.

The baby boy's impending arrival had Delhagen contemplating the gravity of ...


Starting A High School From Scratch

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To return to Brooklyn to open a high school, Melissa Jarvis-Cedeño had to make peace with her past.

She remembers the New York City borough as the place where relatives abused her as a young girl, where she lived with her alcoholic mother in a shelter, where she would have ...


Try and Try Again: A Newark School’s Make-or-Break Year

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

NJ Spotlight
New Jersey Public Radio
The Hechinger Report

A principal faces a challenge—turn around a low-performing school in a poor part of the city. If the kids don’t improve, this might be the next neighborhood school to close.


De Blasio’s Challenge: Paying for Middle Schoolers to Stay Late and Then Getting Them to Show Up

Monday, January 27, 2014

Don't forget about the after-school program Mayor de Blasio wants to implement, funded by a tax on the city’s wealthiest residents. If successful, the initiative would be the largest ...
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Special Report: Staffing Newark's Quitman Street School to Succeed

Friday, September 07, 2012

Quitman, a school in Newark’s high-crime, high-poverty Central Ward, has become a symbol of a new push to turn around the city’s struggling schools by closing down the worst of them...

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New Jersey Spending and School Reform

Friday, June 15, 2012

New Jersey Public Radio Managing Editor Nancy Solomon will discuss Governor Chris Christie's state spending proposal. Then, she'll be joined by Sara Neufeld, a Brooklyn-based writer who's been covering public education for the past 12 years, to talk about NJPR's investigation into New Jersey public school reform through the lens of one school in Newark.

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Bracing for Reform: A Newark School Prepares to Reinvent Itself, Again

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A school of pre-kindergartners through eighth-graders in Newark’s high-crime, high-poverty Central Ward has become a symbol of the city's new push to turn around the city’s struggl...

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