Barrett Elementary School principal Kevin Walsh talks with a student on Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

Segregation in Steel Valley: How these Pittsburgh-area elementary students are separated by race and academic performance

The Steel Valley School District operates two elementary schools in a shoulder of the Monongahela River. One school enrolls mostly black students. The other, 2 miles away, is majority white. When Terrance Frey learned that his son’s school, Barrett Elementary, is 78 percent black and Park Elementary is 84 percent white, he was shocked. “It was kind of insulting.

Darci Landa sorts clothing at the Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania Donation Processing Center in Lawrenceville. A former client of its sheltered workshop, she is now an employee earning $7.25 per hour. “I do a little bit of everything here,” Landa said. (Photo by Mary Niederberger/PublicSource)

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania closed its sheltered workshop and now pays minimum wage to workers with disabilities

Jack McCabe has been scanning books, among other duties, at the Goodwill Donation Processing Center in Lawrenceville since 1992. Darci Landa has a decade’s worth of experience at the center, and today she was sorting through piles of donated clothes. And while they are veterans at their duties, McCabe of Upper St. Clair and Landa of Baldwin just became full-fledged employees this summer — their job titles are production associates. McCabe, 46, and Landa, 31, were previously regarded as clients of Goodwill’s sheltered workshop program.