Pittsburgh City Council to study school district budget

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Pittsburgh City Council today passed a resolution urging the Pittsburgh Board of Education to put a moratorium on school closings while a task force studies the issue.

The resolution, sponsored by Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, calls on board members to halt any potential school closings for the 2013-14 school year, though none have yet been proposed. It also creates a 21-member task force to study alternatives to school closings and produce a report with the help of a trained mediator.

The district is in serious financial straits and officials warn that if it continues on its current path, it could face state receivership within the next few years. Superintendent Linda Lane has indicated that school closures could be part of the solution to make the district more financially solvent.

Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.

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