Since education was chosen as a PIIN issue at the 2010 Issue Assembly, the Education Task Force has focused its energy on the Pittsburgh Public School District, one of several in Allegheny County that are ranked in the bottom 10% of districts in the state. The Task Force has developed a strong partnership with A+ Schools, whose research identified serious equity issues in course offerings and services from school to school in the district. At PIIN’s 2011 Public Action Meeting, School District Superintendent Dr. Linda Lane committed to moving toward greater equity by assuring that all students have access in their schools to art, music, librarians, counselors or social workers, gifted and AP courses, career and technical education and foreign languages. On February 23, 2012, 200 PIIN and A+ leaders gathered for the first of two accountability sessions with the Superintendent who presented her plan for achieving these commitments. PIIN is also partnering with the teacher’s union, parent groups and other community groups to pressure the state legislature to pass a budget that restores funds to education.
To get involved with the Education Task Force, please contact Irene Habermann, PIIN Education Task Force Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Manor Building, 564 Forbes Ave, Suite 808
Pittsburgh, PA 15219