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June 26 – PPS Board Legislative Meeting

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Do you want more details? The full board packet and minutes 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 the legislative meeting:

Post-Gazette, June 27, 2013: Pittsburgh Public Schools encouraging family involvement by Eleanor Chute.

Post-Gazette, June 27, 2013: New code of conduct approved by Pittsburgh Public Schools board by Eleanor Chute.

Post-Gazette, June 27, 2013: Pittsburgh Public Schools approves personnel changes by Eleanor Chute.

Post-Gazette, June 27, 2013: Pittsburgh Public Schools board supports accountability for consultants by Eleanor Chute.

Post-Gazette, June 27, 2013: Pittsburgh Public Schools board approves new vendor for online academy by Eleanor Chute.

Post-Gazette, June 27, 2013: Vote falls short on Hill House Passport Academy Charter School by Eleanor Chute.

Other relevant news about PPS:

Post-Gazette, June 27, 2013North Allegheny appoints Pittsburgh Public Schools principal as assistant superintendent by Sandy Trozzo.

WESA.fm, June 26, 2013: Meet the Teen Boys Who Will Help Knit the Andy Warhol Bridge by Erika Beras.

Highlights from the Meeting:

  • Personnel Changes: This month we learned that 22 people were retiring from PPS and 16 people were resigning.  Among the retirements and resignations, Dr. Jeannine French will be leaving to be the Superintendent of Peters Township Schools, Sci-Tech Principal, Robert Scherrer, will be leaving to be Assistant-Superintendent for North Allegheny Schools, and Montessori Principal, Cynthia Wallace, is resigning for personal reasons. All school districts face changes from time to time.  As new leaders move into schools buildings, we will work hand in hand with the community to help ensure our students are well served regardless of the changes.
  • Revisions to Parent and Family Involvement Policy: The Board approved revisions to the parent and family involvement policy.  This is a victory for parents and advocates who have been working with the District to try and create a policy that will do a better job of engaging families. Revisions can be found on page 25 of the Board Minutes (click here).
  • Authorization to Revise Code of Student Conduct: We 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.  The Board approved changes to how “disorderly conduct” is defined so that it’s in line with current laws, and has approved a year long engagement and revision process to substantially change the current code of student conduct to create better outcomes for students.