1. Here is the other tremendous story that is transpiring. You better get it right. No lazy reporting, no cliched analysis. (Progress Pittsburgh)
2. The Post-Gazette rallies the good citizens of District 2 towards a future in which continued fiscal constraints encourage a prudent debt strategy. (P-G, Edit Board)
4. After his hiring in 2005, Roosevelt closed 22 schools, opened eight Accelerated Learning Academies with a longer school day and school year, and hired Kaplan Inc., a New York-based educational services firm, to revamp curriculum. Schools were reconfigured into K-8 and 6-12 models.
These reforms, dubbed Excellence for All, cost $25 million and were paid for by the federal government and foundations. (Trib, Bill Zlatos)
My goodness, that is a lot of energy, toil and expenditure to account for — to say nothing of this business with CEP. To an extent we have been planting seeds for future growth, but to an extent it’s 2009 and it’s reasonable to see some harvest. I hope the Superintendent’s self-evaluation today is frank, credible and constructive.
The money Allegheny Valley School District stands to receive in a proposed federal stimulus package would come just in time to help pay a portion of a $16.5 million high school renovation project. (Trib, Jim Ritchie)
“These are for things like the added educational programs for individuals with learning disabilities but also for modernization of schools, new technology and school construction,” said Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless.
Since day one (practically), then-President Elect Obama was impressing upon us the national economic imperative to make swift, massive federal investments in our public schools — bricks and mortar as well as technological infrastructure.
I hope that our own School District wasn’t so taken with its Panzer-driven rightsizing and reformatting strategies (and its perpetual public relations campaign) that it failed to act as adroitly as did Allegheny Valley … though I trust continued opportunities will arise. There’s nothing like ingenuity and initiative to demonstrate leadership.
RELATED: “We’ve submitted a list that is all-inclusive…” Really? Because it’s a big spiral galaxy. Did we ask around? Maybe projects are continuing to solidify; maybe it’s best to have multiple channels of influence interacting with a variety of federal agencies. The old community heave-ho.
TANGENTIAL: Mayor Ravenstahl shares some thoughts on the Club Pittsburgh scandal at around 17:00. It’s interesting. A lot of the interview is interesting. (P-G, Toland and Tkach)
ANYWAY: There are some School Board seats up for contention this May, right? Any action on those?