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Poor Quality of Education in the Pittsburgh Public Schools
Identify and Define the Problem

Poor educational quality is the central problem in the Pittsburgh Public School District, and it must be fixed.
History
History
1835
1900-1950
1990's-Present

Attempts to Fix the Problem
Mark Roosevelt
Schenley High School
Causes
1. Budget Issue
2. Decreasing Enrollment
Governor Tom Corbett
-$14.8 Million
2000-2010:

Number of school aged children in the city decreased from 52,417 to 37,431

2012-13:
Enrollment dropped district-wide 6.8%

1. "White Flight"

2. Enrollment of city residents in charter schools:





General Effects
Analyze the Problem
The poor quality of education in the Pittsburgh Public School District has had a detrimental effect on both the district itself along with the Pittsburgh community, and therefore it must be improved.
Effects
1. Educational Effects
2. Economic Effects
3. Social Effects
Achievement gap
between white and black students
Inadequate
education
"Exhaust its reserves and run out of money in 2016 if it continues the status quo"
Loss of large number of students
Effects on the Economy
Not a "district
of first choice"
"Last resort"
Simply an
"unattractive
district"
Charter & Cyber Schools
Great Public Schools
Survey
Solution:
Close Schools
Decreases education quality -
:
Worsens neighborhood stability -
:
Will "worsen student health and safety; family and community connections to school; commuting time to school; and peer relationships"
FRSD Teacher Survey
Possible Solutions
The Pittsburgh Public School District is facing a serious education problem, and we must take action to solve it.
Students
Teachers
Community
2012 PSSA Results
7/56 schools met their targets for AYP
AYP State Target:
78% proficient or advanced in math
81% proficient or advanced in reading
Two years ago:

-243 employees (131 were teachers)

Recently:


Problem:
Poor educational quality
Causes:
Budget Issues & Decreasing Enrollment
General Effects:
Students, Teachers, and the Community
“If we don't get our finances in line, we could cause our enrollment to decline faster because people may not be willing to accept the tax burden that comes with a $46 million hole in the district's budget.”
-School Board President Sharene Shealey

"Education is the most powerful weapon
which you can use to change the world."
"Education is the most powerful weapon
which you can use to change the world."
Ultimate Solution
Budget Deficit
There are a number of possible solutions for the PPS that would not only benefit the school but the
students and staff that attend.
Because of the serious educational problems within the Pittsburgh Public School District, action must be taken to reverse this problem.
Increasing Pension Costs &
Cuts in Federal and State Funding
1. Establish a block schedule
2. Increase teacher effectiveness
3. Add incentives for students to learn
Payments to Charter Schools
1) Decrease the Number of Magnet Schools
2) Consolidate Classes
+307 students (9.5%)
Problem:
Poor quality of education
Negative Effects:
1. Educational
2. Economic
3. Social
Pittsburgh Public Schools
vs.
Question #1:
Causes of the Problem
#1 Cause:

Serious Budget Problems
:
#2 Cause:

Overemphasis of Standardized Tests
:
Question #2:
Effects of the Problem
Question #3:
Solutions to the Problem
#1 Effect:
Current and Continuing Loss of Students
#2 Effect:
Lack of Money
#1 Solution:

Improve the overall school environment
:
#2 Solution:

Provide students with more incentives to learn
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By: Hannah Jones, Taylor Miragliotta, Elizabeth O'Donnell, and Kayla Wilhelm
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3) Cut Programs
4) Improve Teacher Effectiveness
5) Provide Students with Incentives to Learn
6) Improve School Environment
7) Change the Mode of Transportation to School
8) Shorten the School Day
In order for the Pittsburgh Public Schools to improve their quality of education, there are three major changes that must be implemented.
1. Block Schedule
2. Improve Teacher Effectiveness
9) Lay off Teachers
10) Block Schedule
Criteria
Increase graduation/college acceptance rate of the PPS
Cost effective
Able to be completed in 2-3 years
Increase teacher effectiveness
Improve school environment
Top Three Solutions
1) Implementation of Block Schedule
- Meets all criteria
2) Teacher Enrichment Classes
- Meets 4 out of 5 criteria
3) Provide Students With Incentives to Learn
- Meets 3 out of 5 criteria

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Each class would go for four 90 minutes per day, two semesters per year with two 45 minute classes all year long
To receive credit, students must pass a final exam in each course
Explanation
Synthesis
Application
3. Provide students with incentives to learn
Implementation
Expected Results
Complications
Additional Stress for Teachers
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Time Consuming
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Scholarships
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Summer School
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School Activities
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Present to School Board
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Teacher Training
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Improved Quality of Education
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Joesph Carroll
More credits completed
Reduction in dropout rates
Increased mastery and retention of material
Just Think...
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