Rebroadcast: Addressing the Achievement Gap in Pittsburgh

Jan 3, 2014

Audience member asks question of the panel at the community forum on the achievement gap
Credit Tammy Terwelp / 90.5 WESA

This program is a previously broadcast show, listen to it here.

“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.

“Where is it,” replied forum panel member Jeremy Resnick, a founder of Propel Charter Schools, “it’s missing.”

Dozens of parents, teachers and administrators crowded the Community Broadcast Center recently for a public forum as part of WESA’s Life of Learning initiative.

The panelists—Resnick, Monica Lamar, principal of Pittsburgh Dilworth K-5, Stan Thompson, Education Program Director for The Heinz Endowments, John Welch, Dean of Students at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and Renel Williams, Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the Penn Hills School District—were asked why Pennsylvania’s achievement gap is larger than the national average and what is being done by local schools to shrink that disparity.