PIIN is a proud co-sponsor of the Education Rights Network’s first-ever Parent Education Justice Conference on Saturday, July 21. The Parent Education Justice Conference will both teach participants about their rights as parents as well as connect powerful parent-led national movements that are reimagining our public schools.
On August 18th, PIIN hosted A Deeper Dive into Structural Racism & Inequity. Led by Dr. Rev. John Welch, Gamaliel’s Board Chairman, we took a closer look at the discriminatory framework of racism that our Republic’s founding was built upon.
The recent passage of a community schools policy for Pittsburgh Public Schools is a huge step in the right direction for our children and our communities. In a community schools model, the school becomes the center of the community and is open to everyone– all day, every day.
This summer, PIIN linked arms with teachers, parents, students and community organizations in support of the Pittsburgh Public School Board and their decision to hire Dr. Anthony Hamlet as our next Superintendent.
Less than a week after the Pittsburgh School Board choice for new superintendent outlined his priorities for the coming year, parents, students and activists from One Pittsburgh’s Education Rights Network rallied to remind him and the board of their priority—ending the current suspension system that they say is detrimental to learning and biased against African American children.
“I know a girl who’s a 4.0 student at U-Prep who was suspended four days for being late to class,” he said. “And as a parent, I’m concerned when I see that 22 percent of the district elementary students have been suspended, and that number is 44 percent at U-Prep.”