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  • On today’s episode of The Confluence: As the Pittsburgh Public Schools board opens public comment on the process to find its next superintendent, we ask a founding member of Black Women for a Better Education for feedback on the search; the Pittsburgh Opera and National Opera House are teaming up to develop educational and community engagement programming; and mid-state crisis centers are concerned about their capacity to handle calls for mental health support as a three-digit helpline goes live nationwide.Today’s guests include: Allyce Pinchback-Johnson, founding member of Black Women for a Better Education; Rebekah Diaz, director of community engagement and IDEA initiatives with Pittsburgh Opera, and Jonnet Solomon, executive director of the National Opera House.
  • Classes at Pittsburgh Oliver Citywide Academy will be remote until Monday following the shooting death of a student Wednesday afternoon outside the North Side school.
  • PPS officials on Sunday cautioned parents and staff that announcements of individual building closures "may come swiftly" due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases and the subsequent impact on staffing.
  • On today’s episode of The Confluence: WESA government and accountability editor Chris Potter reviews the latest on remapping districts for the Pittsburgh Public School board and the Pennsylvania legislature; State Treasurer Stacy Garrity tells us how a proposal to create a state-based retirement plan would take the liability off of employers to help their workers save; and a Pitt researcher has found middle-aged women who practice self-compassion have a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • On today’s episode of The Confluence: Education reporter Sarah Schneider explains the vote taken by the Pittsburgh Public School board last night, and previews how the district plans to balance its budget; the Pittsburgh International Airport is expecting a surge in passengers this Thanksgiving holiday; and we talk about the history of why the commonwealth uses judicial retention.
  • On today’s program: WESA’s Lucy Perkins breaks down the latest fundraising data for candidates vying to fill outgoing U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s seat; David Card, an economics professor from the University of California-Berkeley, will receive a Nobel Prize for his body of work of which includes a landmark minimum wage study that took place in Pennsylvania and New Jersey; and how public school districts across the country are addressing the bus driver shortage.
  • On today’s program: Interim Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Wayne Walters, whose appointment is for a year, talks about building trust among families as the district searches for a permanent replacement; a Post-Gazette investigation found more than half of apartment complexes managed by the city’s Housing Authority failed their latest federal inspections; and a PNC Bank survey of small and mid-sized businesses nationwide found owners and managers are optimistic about the future, particularly those with vaccinated employees.
  • On today’s program: James Fogarty with A+ Schools shares his thoughts on the resignation of Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet; we look at how people on the autism spectrum struggle in the justice system, and what’s being done to make conditions better in Pennsylvania; and we speak to a STEM educator about how the state’s science education standards are being updated to address climate change.
  • On today’s program: Education reporter Sarah Schneider puts the finding of a state ethics investigation into Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent into context; McKees Rocks is getting $2.3 million from the state to address blight, but one council member hopes to simultaneously build affordable housing; and a look at the 50 year anniversary of the Pirates debuting a lineup of all players of color.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this month that fully vaccinated students and staff can safely return without masks. But interim chief operations officer Mike McNamara said Monday that students, teachers and staff will be required to wear disposable or cloth masks to maintain the full five days in-person.