Envisioning Educational Excellence: A Plan for All of Pittsburgh’s Children

 
You’ve probably heard the story. Urban public education is facing many challenges -- enrollment decline, increasing costs, decreasing budgets and major technology needs – to name a few. What you might not have heard, however, is that the Pittsburgh Public Schools is tackling these challenges head on.

We know that problems have solutions, but we also know we need to think differently to find the answers. As a District, we have a 100-year history of educating students and with that, plenty of lessons learned. Yet, we also know that to remain viable for the next 100 years, we must dream big and work together to envision a new future for the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

While the solutions lie within the District’s staff, families and key community members, we understand that finding those solutions will be a process. To help facilitate the envisioning process, the District received two grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Fund for Excellence, which allowed the District to contract with two consulting firms -- FSG and Bellwether Education Partners that bring experience across varying sectors of urban public education.

We know that we need to begin to think differently about our finances if we are to achieve long-term stability.  More importantly, we know that we have a responsibility to ensure that all students receive a quality education that provides them the tools they need to achieve their dreams. By acknowledging our obstacles and addressing them head-on, we can come out on the other end stronger.
 
The District’s Envisioning process will include multiple opportunities for community engagement. We hope you’ll join us in creating the next chapter in the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ history. 
 
Please email us with your ideas or if you are interested in participating in the process at envisioning@pghboe.net.             

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