Monday, January 16, 2017

PG editorial about PPS (minimal progress over the past 10 years)

Anonymous wrote:

"Here we go again with the P-G editorial board with a negative editorial about PPS.

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2017/01/15/A-bad-report-card-Reforms-galore-but-little-progress-in-city-schools/stories/201701310028

What exactly do they mean when they say, "If enrollment continues to fall - that is, if more families flee the district - the schools will only get worse."? By get worse, do they mean only students without parents or support systems to foster them will be left behind? 

The P-G praised Roosevelt and Lane, the Broad Foundation, and the Gates Foundation. In my opinion, these were all smoke and mirrors and contributed to getting PPS in a mess. Roosevelt got out while the getting was good. "

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Change of principals at Westinghouse (again)

Anonymous wrote:

"New post

I want to know why the former principal was on leave for a few months, then moved to an elementary school. I don't buy that it is because she was a spanish teacher. What is the real story?

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/01/10/Pittsburgh-Westinghouse-gets-new-principal/stories/201701100089 "

Friday, January 6, 2017

T. Sumpter not seeking reelection to School Board

Anonymous wrote:

"New post

This was already shared in the comments of an earlier post, but deserves its own thread

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2017/01/05/Sumpter-will-not-seek-re-election-for-Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-board/stories/201701050167

Tl;dr Sumpter will not run for reelection. Sala Udin may be considering it

Who would yinz like to see in the seat? "

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A+ hiring of Republican political consulting firm

Anonymous wrote:

"Forgive me in advance if I sound rambling but I thought the topic important enough to risk being late for work to post this and ask for your opinions. The PG carried the article: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2016/12/16/Pittsburgh-based-Republican-political-consulting-firm-grows-outside-the-Beltway/stories/201612120044 on December 16, 2016.

To me the most pertinent line in the article was: “Cold Spark also has made inroads with non-political clients, including work for local school reform advocacy group A+ Schools and a Pittsburgh Diocese campaign to attract more candidates to the priesthood.”

Cold Spark is described as a GOP Political Consulting Firm. Was A+ unable to find a consulting firm not affiliated with any one political party in this town? I can’t be the only person bothered by this connection, can I? The director of A+ was a guest on the show Chris Moore does on PCNC and presented much of what we have heard in the past in terms of school performance. I suppose it is time to go back and read the organization’s mission statement and try to watch the episode again. I will also have my radar up to see if any candidate references A+ while giving a speech or answering a question. This just does not feel right to me. "

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

New principal at Perry

Anonymous wrote:

"NEW POST PLEASE:

Another appointment is the new principal of Perry - James Cooper-an office principal - all about the show & meetings with community- -any substance to him? "

Wilkinsburg students eligible for Pittsburgh Promise (!)

Anonymous wrote:

"Update on Wilkinsburgh/Westinghouse Partnership:http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2016/12/13/Pittsburgh-Promise-will-allow-Wilkinsburg-students/stories/201612130187

In the spirit of No Child Left Behind, the Pittsburgh Promise board voted unanimously to make Wilkinsburgh students attending the Westinghouse eligible for its scholarship.

Coro Next Neighborhood Leaders of Wilkinsburgh was working behind the scenes to make this happen.

Kudos to the Leadership in Wilkinsburgh working hard for these kids. "

Saturday, December 10, 2016

"Every Student Succeeds Act" ("ESSA")

Anonymous wrote:

"Re:Today's PG editorial http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2016/12/05/Getting-to-work-The-Every-Student-Succeeds-Act-holds-promise/stories/201612310058

" The ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, the deficiencies of which included the unrealistic _ and unmet _ goal of 100 percent proficiency in reading and math by 2014."

The standard we hold for our children should always be 100 percent " proficiency ".
The culture we set for our children should always be one of high expectations.
To lower our aspirations for our children fails them on every level.

If we fail to meet the highest of standards, expectations, aspirations_____ then we try harder."