Monday, December 28, 2015

Security guards

Anonymous wrote:

"New Post

Are Security Officers in great need for support from district?"

Sunday, December 27, 2015

"As graduation rates rise, fears of falling standards"

From the New York Times:

Repeatedly over the last year, Pittsburgh public school officials have cited rising graduation rates as evidence of improved student achievement- but this NYT article echos concerns raised here in Pittsburgh that higher graduation rates may not mean that students are actually learning more.  The article notes for example a school district where more tha 85% of students graduated, but "not one student scored high enough on the ACT to be deemed ready for college in reading or math."

Friday, December 18, 2015

Largest surplus in the state for PPS

Anonymous wrote:

New Post Please:

Enough of the austerity budgets! We should have spent this money on students; smaller class sizes, paraprofessionals, social workers, nurses, librarians, etc. "

Monday, December 7, 2015

Consultant for superintendent search

Anonymous wrote:

"New Post 
Perkins Consulting Group has no experience in a superintendent search:

The most important appointment in any school district is the selection of it's Superintendent.

The process is critical and should be broad based as well as evidenced based.

Truly, what we have here is the blind leading the blind and we wonder why our leadership lacks 'vision'. "

Thursday, December 3, 2015

"The population is never coming back"

In the words of the consultant PPS paid a half million dollars just seven years ago to plan for facilities.  The report predicted nothing but continuing decline, supporting numerous school closings and freeing up money for... well, consultants.

Meanwhile, from today's PG:

While the overall increase is not huge, it is driven by an increase in the portion of the population that is key for school age children.  And had the district done a better job with schools, this increase may well have been even greater.