Pittsburgh Public Schools board supports accountability for consultants

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School board member Regina Holley tonight won support for an accountability measure for education consultants.

The Pittsburgh Public Schools board voted 7-0 for her proposal. Members Mark Brentley Sr. and Sharene Shealey were absent.

Ms. Holley asked that consultants with contracts of more than $50,000 or for more than a 12-month period may be required, after a review by the board education committee, to appear before the board to summarize their results 30 to 60 days after completion. This is aimed at consultants who are seeking renewal or a secondary contract.

Ms. Holley said she wanted to ensure that the consultants -- who perform services such as professional development -- are getting results. The contracts involved are those that affect student achievement.

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Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.


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