Pittsburgh Schools Start to Roll Out Equity Plan

(August 28)- Pittsburgh Public Schools is starting to put into place a new equity plan aimed at closing the racial achievement gap, beginning with Pittsburgh Perry High School on the North Side and Westinghouse 6-12 in Homewood.

The lessons learned at those schools will be applied at other schools, urban sociologist Pedro Noguera said at a school board workshop Monday.

Mr. Noguera, an education professor at New York University, was called in to help the district develop an equity plan and work with certain schools.

“The district has made progress but, we know, not enough,” said schools superintendent Linda Lane.

The equity plan — called “Equity: Getting to All” — was released a few weeks ago, has been open to public feedback and may be refined some more before the board is asked to endorse it.

Many of the items don’t require an official board vote because the plan is largely based on initiatives already under way rather than introducing new strategies.

Click here to read the full article by Eleanor Chute published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (August 28, 2012)


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