Tuesday, April 28, 2015

State education funding

Anonymous wrote:

"NEW POST - http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2015/04/27/Pittsburgh-Mayor-Bill-Peduto-addresses-Pennsylvania-Basic-Education-Funding-Commission/stories/201504270141 

From the PG article: 

“During the hearing, state Sen. Pat Browne, R-Allentown, co-chairman of the commission, referred to Pittsburgh’s high per-pupil cost. He said it was significantly higher than other urban districts, such as Philadelphia, Allentown and Lancaster, and higher than most in the state. According to the most recent state figures, Pittsburgh’s per-pupil costs fell from $21,711 in 2010-11 to $20,594 in 2012-13. That drop took it from the eighth highest to the 29th highest.” 

Please NOTICE that while Pittsburgh is among the 30 HIGHEST PER PUPIL COST in PA, Pittsburgh is among the 30 LOWEST-ACHIEVING districts in PA every year since 2003. "

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Restorative practices grant

Anonymous wrote:

"new post: 


More of our tax dollars wasted. A $3 million federal grant for "restorative practices." Note that the money is for training AND research by the Rand Corp. Rand gets their hand in the pie again

Negative impact of PSSAs

Anonymous wrote:

"Courage on the front-lines within PPS:http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2015/04/22/The-PSSAs-are-hurting-my-kids-as-they-are-being-tested-on-what-they-don-t-know/stories/20150422002 

Friday, April 17, 2015

PPS Public Hearing Show for March 2015 air dates

The March Pittsburgh Public Schools Public Hearing can be viewed on PCTV Channel 21 (Comcast) and Channel 47 (Verizon) on the following days/times:

Thursday 4/16/2015, 7:00 AM
 Thursday 4/16/2015, 12:00 PM
 Monday 4/20/2015, 7:00 PM
 Tuesday 4/21/2015, 3:00 PM
 Wednesday 4/22/2015, 4:00 PM
 Thursday 4/23/2015, 7:00 AM
 Friday 4/24/2015, 5:00 PM
 Monday 4/27/2015, 7:00 PM
 Tuesday 4/28/2015, 7:00 AM
 Wednesday 4/29/2015, 4:00 PM
 Thursday 4/30/2015, 10:00 AM

After the show has been aired it will also be available on YouTube:

Sign up by noon on Monday April 20 (412 529-3868) to speak at this month's public hearing (6:00 pm).

Monday, April 13, 2015

PPS HS rankings; PSSA article

Anonymous wrote:


New Post: 
Two NEWS venues dealing with PPS are out today? 
1) The Pittsburgh Business Times ranks 5 of 9 PPS high schools in the bottom 15 schools in our region of Western Pennsylvania. Those in the bottom 15--- from highest to lowest are---CARRICK, BRASHEAR, PERRY, MILLIONES and WESTINGHOUSE. 

The Business Times ranks PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS as 466 out of 493. 

Today's PG shows why PPS is so LOW in ACHIEVEMENT. The article by Eleanor Chute, based on her interviews with Pittsburgh Staff, reveals a complete lack of knowledge about Pennsylvania Standards & Assessments! The mis-representatio of structure and content is alarming. 


Sunday, April 12, 2015

"Blackboard Jungle" showing tonight

PURE commentators may be interested in this classic film, showing tonight only at Filmmakers Regent Square:


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Grants expiring

Anonymous wrote:


Any doubt about who is being primed as the new Superintendent for PPS? 
Donna Micheaux? "

Student taken to Shuman Center

On the "U Prep Now" thread Anonymous wrote:

"A student was found on a computer at school with a knife reading how to kill someone with a knife today on the middle school floor. The student was taken to shun an center. "