Yesterday's PG included an obituary notice for an "Innovative principal at Dilworth Traditional Academy."
Principal Robert F. O'Keefe, who retired from Dilworth in 2006, is described as "having a band of student drummers signal the start of each school day. He recruited local artists and musicians to supplement regular classroom teaching. He set aside Tuesday afternoons for students to pursue out-of-the-box coursework such as sign language and puppet-making instead of basic curriculum."
The article goes on to observe that Dilworth "became a rare school that erased the gap between black and white students in test performance."
Question: Could a principal take a similar approach in today's Pittsburgh Public Schools?