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Tag Archive: Dr. Linda Lane

  1. Thank you! Changemakers 2016 Honors Dr. Linda Lane

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    A huge thank you goes to all of the parents, donors, students, and participants at this year’s Changemakers Celebration! Thanks to your contributions, we were able to raise $50,000 to support our programs. A special thanks to our sponsors:

    Hosts The Pittsburgh Promise Weiss Burkardt Kramer, LLC Law Offices of
    Wayne D. Gerhold
    Rita M. McGinley Foundation The David S. and Karen A. Shapira
    Super Bakery University of Pittsburgh Alan Lesgold
    Allies for Children
    Poise Foundation
    Propel Foundation
    Valedictorian Letterman The Birmingham Foundation Susan and David Brownlee
    Blue Cross
    Blue Shield
    KPMG, LLC Campaign for Quality Schools Pittsburgh United Way of Southwestern PA
    Honor Roll McAuley Ministries Foundation The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development
    BNY Mellon The Grable Foundation Howard Hanna Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

    Your support allows A+ Schools to recognize the tireless efforts of educators, parents, students, and community volunteers working to make our public schools great.    We had an amazing celebration of Dr. Lane with over 200 advocates for high quality public education in attendance. With your help, we will continue the important work to ensure high quality public education for each and every one of the City’s 25,000 public school students.

    2016 Changemaker Honorees

    Superintendent Leadership Award

    Dr. Linda Lane

    TeenBloc Graduates

    Giordan Dixon – Pittsburgh Westinghouse (attending CCAC)
    Indyha Fielder – City Charter High School (attending Penn State University)
    Alleah Rose – Pittsburgh Obama (attending Point Park University)
    Shania Brimage – City Charter High School (attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

    Ella Baker Leadership Awards

    Sacoyia Reed
    Cynthia-Grace Devine-Kepner

    Educational Leadership Awards (nominated by TeenBloc)

    Ms. Sharon Brentley – Pittsburgh Perry
    Ms. Stephanie Byars – Pittsburgh Perry
    Mr. Douglas Mavracic – Pittsburgh Perry
    Mr. Sean Means – Pittsburgh Westinghouse
    Ms. Alexa Tokarski – Pittsburgh Brashear

    Outstanding Volunteer Awards

    Patricia Seligman – Board Watch
    Erin Stiling Sloan – Outstanding New Volunteer

    Thank you all!

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  2. Dr. Lane’s Announcement

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    This morning, we learned that Dr. Lane will be ending her tenure as Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools at the end of this school year. Under her leadership, the graduation rate increased by eight percentage points, twenty-six percent more students took AP courses, and the number of black students in CAS courses doubled.

    We have released a statement along with other community leaders that rightly praises Dr. Lane for her contributions. As Carey said, “We know that Pittsburgh needs a visionary leader for our public school system. Whether that person is in our backyard or somewhere a thousand miles away, a good process that casts the net widely, that involves an external screening panel, and includes structure for community input will help the school board find the best person for the job.”

    Read the press release here.

    In the coming weeks, we hope you’ll join our call for a search process that will get us the best possible candidate to lead our schools. We’ll have more to come on how you can get involved.

    Dr. Lane’s Announcement

    Reactions to Dr. Lane’s Announcement

    Mayor Bill Peduto’s Statement

    Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Stepping Down

    Pittsburgh Schools superintendent Linda Lane to step down in June

    Pittsburgh schools chief Lane stepping down next summer


  3. “A+ Schools is both an advocate and a watchdog”

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    “Thanks to the independent work and data of A+ Schools, the district is better able to identify its challenges and develop action plans in response.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 22, 2014

    This Thanksgiving we’re grateful for the friends and supporters who stand with us as we push to change a status quo that is not working for too many of our students. We’re grateful for students who are pushing for changes that will lead to better character development and safer schools. We’re grateful for parents who are volunteering at high needs schools to support the staff and students to help create better outcomes for children. We’re grateful for teachers who are holding high expectations for students and closing gaps in schools across the District. And we’re grateful to you, our community, who believe that poverty is not destiny and that education is the key to unlocking a better future for all of our students.

    In order to make the change we seek, we believe you have to start with knowing what is going on. Our 10th Anniversary Edition of the Report to Community on Public School Progress provides more information than ever before. We hope it sparks conversation, spurs advocacy, and inspires you to ask good questions of your school board member and administration. Below are a variety of additional resources to help you understand what’s in the Report.


    Request a Presentation

    We’ll come to you with a tailored presentation of the information for your school or community group. Click here to make a request.

    A/V Resources

    Video: Overview of the Report to the Community and Key Findings (November 17, 2014 Press Conference)

    Audio: Telephone Town Hall with Carey and Dr. Lane

    Web: Compare school data online.  NEW!!!!

    News Roundup

    New learning gap: The performance between city schools is troubling

    Report highlights wide gaps among Pittsburgh schools

    Pittsburgh Public Schools improving

    A+ Schools Releases Annual Report on Pittsburgh Public Schools

    PPS Shows Progress, But Not Equally Among Schools

    Annual schools report shows academic achievement down locally, across state

    A+ Schools Report: UPrep Westinghouse Lag Behind