Denver Expands Choice and Charters

Some of the most dramatic gains in urban education have come from school districts using what’s known as a “portfolio strategy.” Under this approach, districts negotiate performance agreements with public schools—traditional, charter, and hybrid models. The arrangement affords school leaders substantial autonomy to handcraft their schools to fit the needs of their students. Districts give […]

Consulting firm picked to search for Pittsburgh schools chief lacks history

The firm that was hired by the board of the Pittsburgh Public Schools to lead the search for a new leader for the district has no documented history that it ever completed a superintendent search. In fact, the only superintendent search that Perkins Consulting Group was involved in was for a small school district in […]

With Little Public Attention, Urban Academy Becomes a Model of Success

Every morning, a little after 8 a.m., a soaring, echoing rendition of more than 100 children singing “I Believe I Can Fly” echoes through the halls of the Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh. Posters of historical figures such as Langston Hughes, Ethel Waters and Shirley Chisholm hang on the walls of the cafeteria as the […]

Questions remain about plan to send Wilkinsburg students to Pittsburgh Westinghouse

Dominique White hasn’t been a “new kid” since kindergarten. She sat with two other students from the Wilkinsburg School District on Thursday night, anxiously awaiting details as administrators from Pittsburgh Public Schools and her district answered questions about a pending partnership between the two. About 100 people attended the informational session at Pittsburgh Westinghouse 6-12 […]

State considers new plan to take over poorly performing schools

If the state House follows action already taken by the Senate, Pennsylvania could have a new school district in the fall of 2016, this one run by the state for struggling schools. The state Senate early Monday approved a plan to establish the Achievement School District, which would be run by a board appointed by […]