About two dozen people -- some playing drums and other musical instruments -- demonstrated in front of the Board of Education headquarters this morning to draw attention to their criticisms of city school budget cuts and concern for the arts.
The demonstration was organized largely by One Pittsburgh and Action United in response to the district's $2.4 million envisioning process aimed at addressing the district's financial and academic challenges.
The formal envisioning recommendations are due out next month, and they are expected to include school closings.
School Superintendent Linda Lane met briefly with some of the protesters and told them, "Nobody wants to close schools, least of all me."
But she said, "We don't see another way through (the budget problems)."
Outside, demonstrators spoke of the importance of the arts in education, concerns over corporate-style changes being considered and opposition to closing schools.
No specific proposed school closings have been announced.
Education writer Eleanor Chute: email@example.com or 412-263-1955. First Published October 15, 2013 8:32 PM