About Voter Education
One of the most important things citizens can do to influence the education of students in the District is to vote for their local School Board member. The Pittsburgh Public School Board makes decisions that directly impact every aspect of a child’s education from pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. School Board members are responsible for managing more that $528 million in Pittsburgh tax dollars.
How Your Vote Advances Equity and Excellence
A vote for School Board is a vote for:
- Student success
- Pittsburgh’s future
- Taxpayers’ investment in schools
- School Board accountability
The Role of the School Board
Most of what a School Board does is determined by state law. Its responsibilities are to:
- Hire and evaluate the superintendent;
- Determine the local tax rate that city residents pay to support schools;
- Oversee the district’s budget — funded through property taxes paid by city homeowners, half of the wage tax paid by people who work in Pittsburgh, the school tax paid by city residents, state and federal funds, and private foundation grants. (The current Pittsburgh Public Schools budget is approximately $528 million — more than the entire Pittsburgh City Council budget.); and
- Set and monitor policies that dictate how the district operates, including buying and selling school property, determining school openings and closings, determining feeder patterns for schools, approving curriculum and textbooks, ensuring resources are distributed equitably across schools, approving staff changes in the district, approving student transportation plans and field trips, and approving all consultants and contractors that work with the district.