Pittsburgh Public School District http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh School Board Rejects Charter School Expansion Plans http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-school-board-rejects-charter-school-expansion-plans <p>Despite its lengthy waiting list, the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park (ECS) was recently denied permission to expand by the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) Board of Directors.</p><p>ECS is a K-8 school created in 2008 to provide alternative education with a focus on the environment. According to ECS Director of Innovation and Development Nikole Sheaffer, the school has a yearly waiting list of 400 to 500 students, and sought to expand to serve that demand.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:21:34 +0000 Kaye Burnet 33170 at http://wesa.fm Could 'Community Schools' Work in Pittsburgh? http://wesa.fm/post/could-community-schools-work-pittsburgh <p>Educators, administrators and parents from across the country are gathering in Cincinnati for the next three days to discover how to best coordinate support services for students and parents beyond the classroom.</p><p>About 30 Pittsburghers, including Board of Education members Carolyn Klug and Sylvia Wilson, the city’s chief education officer Curtiss Porter, teachers and representatives of Great Public Schools Pittsburgh are attending the Coalition for Community Schools' annual forum&nbsp;to “learn how they help the children succeed” according to Klug.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 27219 at http://wesa.fm Peduto Could Shift Millions in Taxes to Schools http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-could-shift-millions-taxes-schools <p>Every year, the city of Pittsburgh collects about $10 million in taxes that many members of the Pittsburgh Public School Board feel is rightfully the district’s.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Bill Peduto says he might be willing to send the cash back to the district, but only if the city’s nonprofit sector steps up with a few dollars of its own.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 20613 at http://wesa.fm Study: Minority Students More Likely to be Suspended, Expelled http://wesa.fm/post/study-minority-students-more-likely-be-suspended-expelled <p>Minority and special-needs students are more likely to be disciplined by being suspended or expelled from schools. That’s according to a study by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania: Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discipline and Policing in Pennsylvania Public Schools.</p><p>The study’s author, ACLU’s Harold Jordan, aggregated data from the commonwealth’s 500 public school districts on out-of-school suspensions, expulsions and removal by police.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:21:26 +0000 Jessica Nath 19830 at http://wesa.fm Outgoing Pittsburgh School Board Members Hopeful about District’s Future http://wesa.fm/post/outgoing-pittsburgh-school-board-members-hopeful-about-district-s-future <p></p><p></p><p>After Election Day, the Pittsburgh Public School Board will experience its largest turnover since 1999. Four members, including the longest-serving, decided not to seek re-election and will be done after the group’s final November meeting.</p><p>Jean Fink has been on the school board since 1976 – with a one-term break in there somewhere. The District 7 member says her reason for not seeking reelection is simple.</p><p>“I’m tired” said Fink. “I just turned 69 a couple of weeks ago and it’s just wearing on me all the running around.”</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 07:33:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 19064 at http://wesa.fm Outgoing Pittsburgh School Board Members Hopeful about District’s Future 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 Pittsburgh Promise Shows Growth; Area Foundation Doubles Contribution http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-promise-shows-growth-area-foundation-doubles-contribution <p>Since the inception of the Pittsburgh Promise, 4,101 students have received college scholarships, and that number will go up to more than 4,600 when scholarships for the class of 2013 are factored in.</p><p>With 707 recipients graduated from college, program leaders say the Pittsburgh Promise is having a positive impact on students and the district. The 2013 Report to the Community shows some areas of change, including two demographic shifts.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:40:05 +0000 Deanna Garcia 17076 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Promise Shows Growth; Area Foundation Doubles Contribution Pittsburgh Public Schools Take A Different Approach to Teacher Evaluations http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-public-schools-take-different-approach-teacher-evaluations-0 <p>This school year, students at Pittsburgh Public Schools will not be the only ones rigorously evaluated.</p><p>Teachers will be evaluated using a new system unlike any other in the state.</p><p>Act 82 was signed last summer requiring school districts across the state to use a system where principal observation only consists of half of teacher evaluations, with the other half coming from student outcomes, including assessment tests.</p><p>PPS applied, and was granted, permission to use a different teacher evaluation system for the 2013-14 school year.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:10:13 +0000 Jessica Nath 14732 at http://wesa.fm A Rare Painting Highlights the Value of Art in Public Schools http://wesa.fm/post/rare-painting-highlights-value-art-public-schools <p></p><p>For the Pittsburgh public school district, the value of art can not be over stated. Earlier this week a rare painting called "Interior, Light from the Window" by Henri Le Sidaner, donated to the district by a group called Friends of Art, was sold in auction for more than $750,000. The money will benefit the financially strapped Pittsburgh Public Schools.</p><p>For nearly a century, Friends of Art has donated more than 300 works of art to the district. Most were created by local artists and like the Sidaner painting, many are displayed in school offices and other buildings throughout the district.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Guest Louise Lippincott</strong>, head of the department of fine arts at the Carnegie Museum of Art, has followed the history of the Sidaner painting Fri, 10 May 2013 00:48:32 +0000 Heather McClain 9292 at http://wesa.fm A Rare Painting Highlights the Value of Art in Public Schools With New Money, Pittsburgh Promise Shortens Fundraising Timeline http://wesa.fm/post/new-money-pittsburgh-promise-shortens-fundraising-timeline <p>Happily announcing a trio of major gifts from locally-based corporations, Pittsburgh Promise Executive Director Saleem Ghubril said Monday that the city's scholarship fund now expects to raise $90 million more by 2015, three years earlier than expected.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:39:34 +0000 Noah Brode 8260 at http://wesa.fm With New Money, Pittsburgh Promise Shortens Fundraising Timeline