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Sara Neufeld

Sara Neufeld is a contributing editor. She was first assigned to the education beat in 2000 while interning at the San Jose Mercury News; her editors figured she couldn't mess up too badly since it was summer and schools were closed. But with a local superintendent under indictment, she found plenty to write about, and she's been at it ever since. She spent nearly a decade reporting for daily newspapers, including more than six years at The Baltimore Sun. At The Hechinger Report, her work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Slate, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She spent nearly three years on "A Promise to Renew," a series about a struggling Newark school that has received numerous journalism awards. She holds a bachelor's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and got her start working on The Trident at Amity Regional Senior High School in Woodbridge, Conn. As an intrepid 17-year-old editor, she once drove her grandmother's car into a flood while attempting to get photos developed and had to climb out through the sunroof. Today, Sara is also a yoga teacher, and she has experience teaching yoga to youth at risk. Her son is scheduled to begin kindergarten in New York City public schools in September 2019.

Recent Stories

This is how you start a school

A look at a new school through the eyes of the principal, a teacher, and a student and his family

A mother hangs her hopes on a new high school

And a son, 14, looks for the payoff in more homework and class time

The lesson plan for a new school: Teaching ‘joyous service’

For a new father, the responsibilities of parenting and teaching collide

Starting a high school from scratch

To honor her incarcerated son, a principal revisits painful memories

At Quitman Street Renew School in Newark, Principal Erskine Glover faces the ongoing challenge of keeping the right teachers in place.

Does anyone have the answers on school turnarounds?

At Quitman Street Renew School in Newark, Principal Erskine Glover faces the ongoing challenge of keeping the right teachers in place. Photo: Amanda Brown/NJ Spotlight Forty…

Brooklyn Ascend Charter School was designed to look like an art museum, with high-quality replications of famous paintings from around the world.

Do the arts go hand in hand with Common Core?

An inner-city charter network pushes culture over test prep

Lauren Wiley helps a boy decorate a box he will fill and empty with small bells based on acts of kindness and cruelty in his life.

Expelled in preschool

Preschoolers are expelled at three times the rate of their older peers. Here’s what to do about it — and how to support the mental health of all kids

How do you fix America’s high schools? We’re going to find out.

Dismantling the “factory model” of American high schools

After a presentation from the Thirty Million Words Project at her hospital bedside, Bionka Burkhalter talks to her new baby, Josiah. (Photo: Julienne Schaer)

‘How do you make a baby smart?’ Word by word, a Chicago project says

CHICAGO — On the third-floor hospital maternity ward at the University of Chicago, Bionka Burkhalter had just given birth to her first child, a 7-pound-4-ounce boy named Josiah. There was…

The learning environment at Quitman Street Renew School has improved significantly in Erskine Glover’s time as principal. (Amanda Brown / NJ Spotlight)

A taste of victory, finally, for a struggling Newark school

NEWARK, N.J. — The scene could have come from any school principal’s dream, but there it was before Erskine Glover’s eyes, happening in reality. It was the first day of…