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Board Watch

"Board Watch volunteers attend every school board meeting, grading members on good-governance practices and reminding them that the public has high expectations." - Education Week

Sign up to be a Board Watch Observer today!

Board Watch is a grassroots effort involving volunteers who are trained to observe
Pittsburgh Public School Board meetings. 
The development of Board Watch, A+ Schools’ longest running program, began in 2007 as a response to public inquiries about the role of school board members and what good governance looks like. In partnership with the Local Government Academy, as well as a number of other local organizations, we formed an advisory committee, conducted research on good governance practices, held focus groups, and sought school board input in developing the program. As a result of this process, five good governance indicators were ultimately identified.

The five good governance indicators that the School Board is evaluated on are:

Our Volunteers

Our volunteers are informed citizens, serving as independent observers and evaluators of the School Board’s governance. Volunteers must be residents of the city of Pittsburgh or the Borough of Wilkinsburg. Volunteers are trained by A+ Schools which includes understanding how School Boards work and how to recognize good governance practices. Each Board Watch Observer attends school board meetings and completes and individual report after each meeting.

Volunteer Forms

Follow the links below to access the Board Watch Volunteer Report Forms:

Board Watch Agenda Review and Legislative Session Meeting Volunteer Report Form.

Board Watch Education Committee Volunteer Report Form.

How Board Watch Works


How Board Watch Advances Equity and Excellence

Board Watch Successes

Board Watch Report Card

When Pittsburgh Public Schools students received their report cards, so does the School Board. Check out their most recent report card here. For an archive of past report cards and recommendations, click here.

Click here to learn more about Board Watch.