Pittsburgh Public Schools http://wesa.fm en New Education Task Force Adds City Voices to School System http://wesa.fm/post/new-education-task-force-adds-city-voices-school-system <p>Mayor Bill Peduto has appointed a 21-member task force which will take a look at public education in Pittsburgh.</p><p>The group includes elected officials, education leaders and others.</p><p>“We’re bringing together everybody,” said Peduto spokesman Tim McNulty, “unions, foundations, city council people, school board members and probably the coolest thing, three high school students who are going to be full voting members in this task force’s recommendations.”</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:48:23 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24776 at http://wesa.fm Black Community Leaders Come Out in Support of Pittsburgh's Teacher Evaluation System http://wesa.fm/post/black-community-leaders-come-out-support-pittsburghs-teacher-evaluation-system <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A coalition of parents, civil rights advocates and clergy stood huddled together in the cold outside Pittsburgh King </span>PreK-8<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> School on the North Side Monday morning to announce their support for the school district’s teacher evaluation system.</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:21:56 +0000 Liz Reid 24554 at http://wesa.fm Black Community Leaders Come Out in Support of Pittsburgh's Teacher Evaluation System PA Auditor General to Scrutinize Pittsburgh Public Schools http://wesa.fm/post/pa-auditor-general-scrutinize-pittsburgh-public-schools <p>Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale was in Pittsburgh with Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday to announce an upcoming audit of Pittsburgh Public Schools.</p><p>DePasquale said the audit is part of a larger statewide effort based on a new three-tiered system that ranks schools based on financial risk.</p><p>“We are starting our first wave of high risk audits, and Pittsburgh is our first high risk audit for the Western part of the state,” DePasquale said. “That’s not just because of the size of the city, but simply the financial challenges that the city school district is facing.”</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:12:56 +0000 Liz Reid 23446 at http://wesa.fm Public Education Advocacy Group Recruits Volunteers to Survey Teachers http://wesa.fm/post/public-education-advocacy-group-recruits-volunteers-survey-teachers <p><a href="http://www.aplusschools.org/">A+ Schools</a> is looking for volunteers for their fifth annual School Works research project, to survey principals, teachers and counselors at Pittsburgh Public Schools.</p><p>Executive Director Carey Harris said that this year, in addition to asking school staff about the resources and opportunities, they make available to their students, teen volunteers will survey their peers.</p><p>“We’ll be asking students about their experience with teaching, what’s working for them and what isn’t, and what do they think needs to change,” Harris said.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:28:57 +0000 lreid 22831 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Public Education Advocacy Group Recruiting 'School Board Watchdogs' http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-public-education-advocacy-group-recruiting-school-board-watchdogs <p>The Pittsburgh Public School Board has four new members, the largest turnover for the group since 1999.</p><p>A+ Schools is calling on the public to help keep the board accountable. The public education advocacy group is seeking volunteers for the Board Watch Program.</p><p>“We think it’s important that the public is aware of what’s happening, what kinds of decisions the board is making and the manner in which they’re making them,” said A+ Schools Executive Director Carey Harris.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:28:46 +0000 Deanna Garcia 20686 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh School Board to Vote on Selling Buildings, Hiring 'Teach for America' Teachers http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-school-board-vote-selling-buildings-hiring-teach-america-teachers <p>Four members of the Pittsburgh Board of Education are nearing the end of their terms, but they have some big votes scheduled Tuesday evening before they end they leave their seats on the board.</p><p>However, Great Public Schools Pittsburgh, a coalition of several organizations including the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network, the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and Action United, don’t want those outgoing board members to cast votes on the sale of school buildings and a contract with Teach for America.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 20378 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh School Board Gets Four New Members http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-school-board-gets-four-new-members <p>Thanks to a series of retirements, the Pittsburgh Public School Board now has four new members — the highest turnover for the board in 14 years. The new members are excited and optimistic about the future of the district, though all say they’re expecting a tough job.</p><p>Sylvia Wilson is taking over the seat vacated by one-term board member Sharene Shealy. Wilson recently retired as assistant to the president of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and wants to see change in the district.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 05:12:24 +0000 Deanna Garcia 19335 at http://wesa.fm Parents, Teachers, Administrators Address Achievement Gap in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/parents-teachers-administrators-address-achievement-gap-pittsburgh <p>“Where’s the moral outrage over the lack of equity in education,” asked Duquesne University Dean of Education Olga Welch who attended a recent community forum on the achievement gap held by 90.5 WESA.</p><p>“Where is it,” replied forum panel member Jeremy Resnick, a founder of Propel Charter Schools, “it’s missing.”</p><p>Dozens of parents, teachers and administrators crowded the Community Broadcast Center recently for a public forum as part of WESA’s <a href="http://wesa.fm/term/life-learning">Life of Learning</a> initiative.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:37:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 19146 at http://wesa.fm Parents, Teachers, Administrators Address Achievement Gap in Pittsburgh Internet Essentials Hopes to Help Close 'Digital Divide' http://wesa.fm/post/internet-essentials-hopes-help-close-digital-divide <p>Lack of Internet access can puts some kids at an academic disadvantage, says&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Comcast and Pittsburgh Public Schools are teaming together to offer another year of “<a href="http://internetessentials.com/">Internet Essentials</a>,” an initiative that provides low-cost Internet service to low-income families.</span></p><p>“Parents may have iPads, they may have smartphones that have connectivity, they may have desktop computers that are hooked to the Internet, or laptops,” Lane said. “But then we also have children who may have little of that or none at all, so that their access to the Internet is only at school.” Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:10:21 +0000 Tim Camerato 18486 at http://wesa.fm Internet Essentials Hopes to Help Close 'Digital Divide' PPS Board of Directors, City Council Face Off Over School Closures http://wesa.fm/post/pps-board-directors-city-council-face-over-school-closures <p>Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith is calling for a moratorium on school closures in the Pittsburgh Public Schools district until the end of the 2014-15 school year.</p><p>She has introduced a resolution in council that would recommend the PPS Board of Directors halt any school closings.</p><p>At a rally in front of council chambers Monday morning, Kail-Smith invited parents, students, teachers, and community organizers to express their concern over a possible fourth round of school closures since the early 2000s.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 00:49:32 +0000 Liz Reid 18132 at http://wesa.fm High School Students Unveil Pittsburgh Student Bill of Rights http://wesa.fm/post/high-school-students-unveil-pittsburgh-student-bill-rights <p>Lost in the conversations surrounding education are often the voice of those being educated &mdash; the students.</p><p>By introducing the Pittsburgh Student Bill of Rights, a group of high school students is trying to make their voice heard and change what they perceive as the notion that they are &ldquo;just kids.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:35:48 +0000 Deanna Garcia 18110 at http://wesa.fm High School Students Unveil Pittsburgh Student Bill of Rights Local Education Leaders Take on Attendance With 'Be There' Campaign http://wesa.fm/post/local-education-leaders-take-attendance-be-there-campaign <p>Ninety percent of success in school is showing up — that’s what the United Way and its partners believe.</p><p>The United Way launched its “Be There” campaign Monday aimed at making attendance a priority at schools across Allegheny County.</p><p>“The concept is very simple, it’s how do you get the people outside of the schools, the community agencies, the faith-based organizations, the youth workers who have a great relationship with young people, to encourage 100 percent attendance,” said Bob Nelkin, United Way of Allegheny County President.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:49:27 +0000 Jessica Nath 15113 at http://wesa.fm Foundation to Assess Pittsburgh Summer Learning Program http://wesa.fm/post/foundation-assess-pittsburgh-summer-learning-program <p>A New York City-based childhood education foundation is assessing summer learning programs across the country, including one in Pittsburgh.</p><p>The Wallace Foundation, a supporter of Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers Academy, hired Rand Corp., a nonprofit research group, to see if summer education programs improve student learning.</p><p>Senior Research and Evaluation Officer Ann Stone said the foundation is looking for ways students can have academic gains that last.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:06:56 +0000 Michael Lynch 14854 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Faith Leaders Throw Support, Prayers Behind Effective Teacher Efforts http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-faith-leaders-throw-support-prayers-behind-effective-teacher-efforts <p>A new coalition of Pittsburgh faith leaders is adding their voice to the issue of education.</p><p>Through the nationwide Shepherding the Next Generation program, the group aims to support teachers and ensure all educators are effective and encourage Pittsburgh Public Schools to continue its push to hire and retain highly effective teachers. The group also released a report that highlights the importance of skilled educators.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:05:55 +0000 Deanna Garcia 14071 at http://wesa.fm Making Promises the City Can Keep http://wesa.fm/post/making-promises-city-can-keep <p>The <a href="http://pittsburghpromise.org/about.php">Pittsburgh Promise</a> has been providing scholarships to Pittsburgh public school students since 2008. They've pledged to promote the development of neighborhoods, city school reform, and give city students access and opportunities to attend a higher education institution.</p><p>Five years since its inception, the first batch of Promise recipients are graduating from their respective colleges and universities, and <a href="http://triblive.com/opinion/featuredcommentary/4364873-74/promise-pittsburgh-schools#axzz2ZmIvJfJy">many critics are argue </a>that the program has not been effective. Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise maintains that the scholarship program is helping hundreds of students succeed after high school, while Jake Haulk, President of the <a href="http://www.alleghenyinstitute.org">Allegheny Institute for Public Policy</a>, asserts that little has been done to improve the quality of the public schools. He says students are not receiving a sufficient education upon high school graduation.</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:53:52 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13816 at http://wesa.fm Making Promises the City Can Keep Is the Pittsburgh Promise Delivering? http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-promise-delivering <p>A recent policy brief from conservative think tank <a href="http://www.alleghenyinstitute.org/index.php">Allegheny Institute for Public Policy</a> states that the <a href="http://pittsburghpromise.org/">Pittsburgh Promise</a> is falling well short of its goals, and that its mission should be completely re-focused. But this isn’t the first time the Allegheny Institute has taken on the Pittsburgh Promise.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:10:06 +0000 Deanna Garcia 13615 at http://wesa.fm Grant Aims to Expand Access to Advanced Placement Classes in Two Pittsburgh High Schools http://wesa.fm/post/grant-aims-expand-access-advanced-placement-classes-two-pittsburgh-high-schools <p>A new-to-Pennsylvania program is hoping to increase enrollment in advanced placement classes in two Pittsburgh high schools, with the ultimate goal to ensure more kids, especially kids of color, are prepared for higher education – whatever form that may take.</p><p>More than 100 students at Pittsburgh Brashear High School are currently enrolled in advanced placement, or AP, classes. Through a partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative, or NMSI, and a grant from the Heinz Endowments, work will get underway to increase that number.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:30:53 +0000 Deanna Garcia 10790 at http://wesa.fm Grant Aims to Expand Access to Advanced Placement Classes in Two Pittsburgh High Schools Bon Appetito: Heinz History Center Launches Healthy Heritage Cooking Series http://wesa.fm/post/bon-appetito-heinz-history-center-launches-healthy-heritage-cooking-series <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Heinz History Center on Tuesday kicked off the Healthy Heritage Cooking Series, a three-month pilot program designed to introduce students to Italian, Syrian and Bulgarian cooking and connect health to history.</span></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:05:38 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 8756 at http://wesa.fm Bon Appetito: Heinz History Center Launches Healthy Heritage Cooking Series Peduto Launches Week-Long Education Focus http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-launches-week-long-education-focus <p>Comparing this phase of his campaign to the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week,” Pittsburgh City Councilman and Democratic Mayoral Candidate Bill Peduto is rolling out a different education-related policy initiative every day this week.</p><p>The move is part of his 100 Days/100 Policies effort.</p><p>“If we lack quality public education in this city it does not mater what type of city government we have, people will not chose to live here,” Peduto said. “If we enhance public education in the city then we have the critical building block to do a whole lot more within city government.”</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:23:48 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 7872 at http://wesa.fm All Pittsburgh School Board Candidates Sign Equity and Excellence Pledge http://wesa.fm/post/all-pittsburgh-school-board-candidates-sign-equity-and-excellence-pledge <p>Nine people running for the Pittsburgh School Board have signed a pledge that outlines a “vision of excellence” for the district. The so-called Equity and Excellence Pledge was drafted by A+ Schools, a nonpartisan public education advocacy group.</p><p>“When we say equity, we mean providing every kid with the support necessary to reach and exceed a shared standard, which for us is graduating from high school and completing post-secondary education,” said Carey Harris, executive director of A+ Schools.</p><p>The pledge calls on the candidate to make policies that ensure:</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:12:18 +0000 Deanna Garcia 7619 at http://wesa.fm All Pittsburgh School Board Candidates Sign Equity and Excellence Pledge Pittsburgh Public Schools Reappoints Superintendent Linda Lane For Three More Years http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-public-schools-reappoints-superintendent-linda-lane-three-more-years <p>Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane has been awarded a three-year contract extension. &nbsp;</p><p>Lane, who was appointed as superintendent in December 2010, will see her salary increase to $220,000 effective September.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:09:10 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 5040 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Public Schools Reappoints Superintendent Linda Lane For Three More Years Senator Casey Takes on Bullying, Applauds Efforts of Pittsburgh Mifflin K-8 School http://wesa.fm/post/senator-casey-takes-bullying-applauds-efforts-pittsburgh-mifflin-k-8-school <div class="field-item even"><p></p><p></p><p>US Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) used a sixth grade classroom as a backdrop to talk about bullying. Students, teachers and parents at Pittsburgh Mifflin preK-8 School have implemented an aggressive anti-bullying campaign, and Casey said he’s like to see such efforts at all schools. To that end, he has introduced the Safe Schools Improvement Act. A bill that will tackle&nbsp;bullying. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 19:45:15 +0000 Deanna Garcia 2286 at http://wesa.fm Senator Casey Takes on Bullying, Applauds Efforts of Pittsburgh Mifflin K-8 School