Pittsburgh schools chief requests problem-solving ideas

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At the first "state of the district" presentation Thursday, Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane called for all hands on deck to tackle academic and financial problems facing the district.

"We have to solve both problems at the same time," she told an audience of district and school administrators, school board members, parents and community members at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Downtown.

She also said, "We are definitely going to have to think differently.

We want to engage our community, our board and parents around what are some ways we can solve this problem.

"It may involve some priority setting. We may not be able to do every single thing."

The district this week released a $521.8 million proposed preliminary budget for 2013 while warning the deficit is growing so much that the district is expected to run out of money in 2015 if changes aren't made.

District officials also have been disappointed in the results on the latest Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests.

The session can be viewed at www.stateofthedistrict.org.

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