Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Superintendent calls for changes in funding formula

From the PG:


Sale of Rogers building

Anonymous wrote:

"New post please


PPS just sold Rogers for peanuts! They could have used that building to create a magnet to compete with these charters! Something like CAPA or a Sci Tech for Elementary students! Or an environmental academy. At least they could have sold it for more than the price of an average rowhouse in the neighborhood! They can't actually be this clueless, their ultimate goal has to be privatization by way of destroying the district."

Monday, November 24, 2014

Today's Public Hearing speakers (November 2014)

NOVEMBER 24, 2014
6:00 P.M.

1.Bonnie Spoales - Individual
Continuing Vandalism from Fulton School Students

2.Allyson Delnore - Parent
Fulton Magnet Status

3.John Harris - Individual
Rogers School

4.Rahzyaunna Jordan - Student
Pittsburgh Obama
My Personal Experience as a Reading Warrior

5.Mandy Simons - Parent
Leveling and Class Size at Minadeo and Districtwide

6.Jean Schulte - Parent
Class Sizes at Minadeo

7.Laura McCarthy - Parent
Class Sizes at Minadeo

8.Dr. Johnson Martin - Individual
Data Input

9.Andrea Erven-Victoria - Parent
School and Family Relationships

10.Sarah Woodley - Parent
Discipline in Schools

11.Anna Scheid - Parent
Violent Classroom Disruptions

12.Molly May - Parent
School Culture

13.Marce Nixon - Student
How Pittsburgh GLO Raises Awareness

14.Kayla Humphries - Student
The Structure of GLO

15.Rachael Bethel - Student
Bullying and Pittsburgh GLO

16.Pamela Harbin - Parent
Community Schools

17.Harrison Smith - Student
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Service Learning

18.Thaddeus Pellegrini - Student
Pittsburgh Allderdice
School Libraries

19.Jahnik Kurukulasuriya - Student
Pittsburgh Allderdice

20.Dighan Kelly - Student
Pittsburgh Allderdice

21.Nolan Dickey - Student
Pittsburgh Allderdice

22.Jordan Abbott - Student
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Budget Appropriation of the School District

23.Adam Barsouk - Student
Pittsburgh Allderdice

24.David Frisch - Student
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Service Learning

25.Shoshanna Shear - Parent
Declining Enrollment

26.Debra Srogi - Parent
Community Schools

27.Chandra Stewart - Parent
Parent Concerns at CAPA

28.Christina Russell - Parent
Pep Rally Parents

29.Jovohna Cosby - Individual

30.David Breingan - Individual
Parent Mentor Program

31.Suzanne South - Parent

Use of free/reduced lunch status as a measure of poverty

The recent A+ Schools report uses the percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunch as a measure of poverty.  From the a report by the American Educational Research Association:

"Most education studies use the simplest and most convenient measure of poverty: the percentage of a school’s students who are eligible for free/reduced-price lunch. Although this measure provides a picture of the proportion of children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, it also has some problems. First, it does not necessarily capture all relevant dimensions of poverty, such as the effects of concentrated poverty in a school’s neighborhood and the neighborhood effects (Aaronson, 1997; Furstenberg & Hughes, 1997). Second, the accuracy of this measure has been questioned because many eligible families do not apply, and some schools give free lunch to all students, regardless of their status. In addition, because children from families that are below 185% of the federal poverty level are eligible for free/reduced-price lunch, the actual median family incomes for two schools, both having 100% student eligibility, can be vastly different."

Search AD90C18Fd01_0 to find the full report.

Wilkinsburg "Taking control of our schools"

From the PG:

Taking control of our Schools:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

How independent is A Plus Schools?

From the PG editorial board:

"One good thing about the Pittsburgh Public Schools is that it has an independent group that monitors education quality, performance and accountability. A+ Schools is both an advocate and a watchdog whose leaders come from foundations, corporations, universities, civic groups, government and school families."


- Is A+ Schools really independent?  Thoughts?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Does PPS get bad press/ Month 2

From the October 22, 2014 post:

"At the Mayor's task force meeting yesterday, the Superintendent claimed that the media is quick to write about problems, noting that if there's a fight it will be in the paper, but not so quick to write about the good things about our schools.

It doesn't SEEM that way but maybe it's a matter of perception- let's keep a count, good articles v. bad articles in the PG.  Of course that doesn't tell us if the paper is missing more of the "good" stories than the "bad" stories, but it will at least tell us if there really are more "bad" reports."

The count for Month 1 October 22-November 21, 2014 was:

12/3, positive.

A new monthly count and a running total starts today.