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Educational Equity

A+ Schools focuses on educational equity because significant barriers exist that directly and indirectly deny groups of students a high quality education.


Until we have a school system that is characterized by equity and demands excellence from all of our students, we will continue to risk the failure of significant numbers of our students and erode the potential of our democracy.

Why it matters

African-American students represent the majority population in Pittsburgh Public Schools and the minority of students who reach and exceed expectations for success. For every 100 black students entering high school as freshmen, only about half will graduate and even fewer are ready for college or career.

Studies show that high school graduates earn higher net incomes, which means they contribute more to our community’s economy through spending and tax revenues. Research also shows that high school dropouts add to our community’s expenses because they are 3.5 times more likely than graduates to be arrested and eight times more likely to be incarcerated.

Achieving educational equity

To achieve educational equity in Pittsburgh Public Schools and reverse this long-standing and long-tolerated trend, we must deliver policies and practices that specifically increase opportunities and resources for African-American students.

This requires:

We will know we’ve been successful when: