Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Reporter / Anchor

Sarah Whites-Koditschek is a reporter and anchor for KUAR 89.1.

She was a production assistant and reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia. She also interned at NPR’s Morning Edition in Los Angeles.

Sarah is a graduate of Smith College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. She was a student at the Stabile Center For Investigative Journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

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Local & Regional News
1:00 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Community Members Speak Out Against State Takeover Of LRSD

Community members listen in the Willie Hinton Resource Center as others speak about a possible state takeover
Sarah Whites-Koditschek KUAR

Community members spoke against a state takeover of the Little Rock School District to a packed crowd of roughly 150 people at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center Monday night for the "Protect Our Little Rock Schools Forum," planned by Arkansas Community Organizations.

Arkansas State Board of Education Chairman Sam Ledbetter, civic leaders, and members of the Little Rock School Board attended the meeting.  The forum was held in advance of the State Board of Education’s Wednesday decision about whether to take over the LRSD because of six schools in academic distress.

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Local & Regional News
12:22 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Little Rock School Board Approves $375 Million Facillities Plan

The Little Rock School Board has unanimously passed a $375 million dollar facilities plan just days before the State Board of Education’s January 28th meeting on whether to take over the district.

The board passed what had been a contentious plan to build new schools in both southwest and west Little Rock, and made a renewed commitment to student equality in the district.

The Little Rock School Board approved a facilities plan last night that includes the construction of a middle school in west Little Rock and a High School in southwest Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

LRSD School Board President Greg Adams On Possible State Takeover

With the Arkansas Board of Education to decide next week whether to take over the Little Rock School District, district officials sent a letter to board members Wednesday.

Little Rock School Board president Greg Adams says it was in response to recent doubts about the ability of his members to work collaboratively to address problems at six Little Rock schools ranked as being in academic distress.  

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Local & Regional News
12:14 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

LRSD Hopes To Discuss Options For Avoiding State Takeover With ADE

LRSD board members discuss options for maintaining local control of the school district at a meeting Tuesday night.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Little Rock School District leadership is making a final push to avoid a state takeover of the district. The Arkansas State Board of Education will meet on January 28 to decide if the state should take over the entire district, just its six schools categorized in academic distress, or to allow district leadership to continue in place.

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Local & Regional News
5:39 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

State Board Of Education Sets Meeting To Decide LR School Takeover

File photo of State Rep. John Walker speaking to reporters in November 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The Arkansas State Board of Education has set a January 28th date to decide whether to take over all or part of the Little Rock School District .

Six Little Rock schools were deemed in academic distress this year by the Arkansas Department of Education allowing for a legal state takeover of the district at any time. Yet some school board members and other advocates have spoken out against a takeover.

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Local & Regional News
5:32 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

State Education Officials Recommend Takeover Of Little Rock Schools

LRSD Superintendent Dexter Suggs spoke to State Board of Education members about his district's progress addressing schools in academic distress.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Officials from the Arkansas Department of Education are recommending a state takeover of the Little Rock School District, while district leaders made the case Wednesday that they are taking steps to correct problems. It was the first in a series of meeting taking place this week.

Currently six Little Rock schools are categorized as being in academic distress. The state can take over the district if any school is in academic distress.

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Local & Regional News
4:23 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

State Board Of Education To Review Little Rock Schools

The Arkansas State Board of Education is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to review the Little Rock School District’s progress addressing its six schools in academic distress.

Little Rock School Board member Leslie Fisken recently sent a letter to State Board of Education member Vicki Saviers describing the local school board as “dysfunctional.”

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Local & Regional News
9:11 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Arkansans Making Minimum Pay Get Increase

  Minimum wage workers in Arkansas got an hourly pay increase on Wednesday. Workers earning the state level minimum wage will see an increase from $6.25 to $7.50 an hour. Employees earning federal minimum wage rates, $7.25 per hour will also see an increase.

Give Arkansas a Raise Now’s Steve Copely says the change has wide support and impacts a range of people.

"You know when people are working hard and they're trying to make ends meet and they just can't do that, every little bit helps and that's how we see it," he said. 

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Local & Regional News
9:03 am
Fri January 2, 2015

City Leaders Inaugurated

Credit Arkansas Times

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola is making New Year’s plans for his next term. The mayor, along with city directors, was inaugurated Wednesday for 2015.

He said his priorities include improving transparency and digital communication, youth programs and educating around the city’s ramped-up recycling program that launches this year.

"I certainly want to do everything I can to make sure we have efficient delivery of services to our citizens and that we do everything we can to keep them safe and create opportunities for prosperity,” he said. 

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Local & Regional News
5:56 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Billboard Advertises Ku Klux Klan Radio Station

Credit James White / Associated Press

A new billboard in Harrison that advertises the web-based "whiteprideradio.com" has been rented by the Knights Party of Zinc, formerly the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and comes just a year after another billboard carrying a racist message was taken down.

"Yes, that's us," Thom Robb, national director of the Knights Party, told the Harrison Daily Times (http://bit.ly/1x3MWeS ), saying that the group is leasing the billboard for a year. Robb was national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which The Southern Poverty Law Center said he has renamed the Knights Party.

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