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  • Vote School Board First on May 21st!

    Vote School Board First on May 21st!

    On May 21, 2019 voters will vote in the primary elections for Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8. There are School Board Candidates on the ballot - learn more before you head to the polls!

    Read About the Candidates Here
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    The 2018 Report to the Community is available!

    A+ Schools' 2018 Report to the Community is your go-to guide for Pittsburgh public and charter school progress.

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    Looking to compare data?

    The 2017 Report to the Community is still available for viewing and downloading, if you'd like to see how schools have progressed since last year.

    Read it Today!
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    Restoration Over Criminalization

    Learn more about Restorative Practices in PPS, and how they are helping to transform our schools.

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5 Reasons You Should Vote School Board First!

On May 21, in Pittsburgh and around the Commonwealth, voters will have a chance to select volunteers to serve on their local school boards. Here are 5 reasons why the first vote you cast should be for a school board representative when you get to the polls:

  • A high quality public education is a cornerstone of a functioning democracy. Ulysses S. Grant, in his 1875 State of the Union Address wrote: “We are a republic whereof one [person] is as good as another before the law. Under such a form of government it is of the greatest importance that all should be possessed of education and intelligence enough to cast a vote with a right understanding of its meaning.”

  • Gaps in opportunities for Pittsburgh children based on race persist. An Allderdice student has access to over 3 times as many AP courses in their school as a child going to Perry High School. A black student was five times more likely to be suspended last year than a white student in Pittsburgh even as suspensions overall came down. And gaps in student achievement based on what we know from test scores persist, with white students being two to three times more likely to meet grade level standards in English and Math than black students. If we want equity in schools, we have to vote for it.

  • Opportunities to thrive in our current society and economy require more education. According to the Inflection Point Study from the Allegheny Conference, nearly 80,000 good paying jobs in our region will go unfilled in this decade, in part because students and adults do not have the skills to meet job requirements. School board members can help connect students to the opportunities that exist, and help them explore their options.

  • Only one in five registered voters participate in school board elections. If we want better accountability, we have to participate. An analysis of past year school board elections in Pittsburgh shows that only 20% of the electorate ends up voting for school board. Take a moment to go to the portion of the ballot (typically on the second page or third page of candidates) to vote for school board first!

  • Schools spend most of your tax dollars. The largest portion of property taxes and the largest line item in the state budget fund education. In Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Public Schools spends $70 million more than the City of Pittsburgh with a general operating fund budget of $652.5 million in 2019, ranking it 7th in the state with a per-pupil funding rate of over $22,000.

So get out there and vote tomorrow. Our kids are counting on us to give them the best chance for a greater future. Let’s be worthy of them and do our duty tomorrow at the polls by voting school board first!

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