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June 19 Agenda Review Highlights

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The meeting started at 6:30 p.m. and ended at 8:45 p.m.

Do you want more details? The full board packet of all agenda items can be found HERE
Do you want to hear the comments of Board members? Video archives of Board meetings can be found HERE.


News stories about last night’s meeting:

Post-Gazette, June 19, 2013: Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Public schools to switch vendors for Online Academy by Eleanor Chute
Post-Gazette, June 19, 2013Pittsburgh Public Schools staff recommends granting charter to Hill House Passport Academy Charter School by Eleanor Chute
Post-Gazette, June 17, 2013: Pittsburgh schools to clarify codes of conduct by Eleanor Chute


Other relevant news about PPS:

Post-Gazette, June 20, 2013Jeannine French ‘everyone’s first choice’ for Peters superintendent by Janice Crompton

The leadership of Dr. French will be greatly missed.  She has been a fierce advocate for students and for equity and excellence.


Highlights of other items up for vote on June 26th:

  • Envisioning Process: Board approval is sought for PPS to contract with VIVA Teachers, Inc. to use their platform to get feedback from teachers and families about ways they can improve schools.  In Minneapolis, this same platform was used to create a roadmap for improving school climates (download PDF of Minneapolis report here). 
  • Revisions to Parent and Family Involvement Policy: Board approval sought to revisions to the parent and family involvement policy that many of our Parent Nation parents had a role in suggesting along with the help of Nancy Potter from the Education Law Center. Revisions can be found on page 143 of the Education Committee agenda (click here for the agenda).
  • Authorization to Revise Code of Student ConductWe called for a revision in our School Works Briefing and Parent Nation Call to Action as we saw a variance among our schools of what constituted a “zero-tolerance” offense.  Again the Education Law Center will be providing advice on this revision in the hopes that our schools reduce the amount of push-out for students, especially our most vulnerable children.

If you’d like to speak on these or other board items, 412-622-3868, and request to be put on the public hearing list for Monday, June 24, 2013.  For more instructions about testifying click here.