Pittsburgh Public Schools welcomes student push for bill of rights

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At the Pittsburgh Public Schools board meeting tonight, board members Bill Isler and Regina Holley praised the efforts of students to win support for a student bill of rights.

The campaign for a student bill of rights was launched last week by TeenBloc students from A+ Schools. The slogan of the campaign is "We Deserve to Be Served."

Mr. Isler praised the students and said what they want is what the board wants.

"I salute them and I thank them for their work," said Mr. Isler, who attended the students' rally.

Ms. Holley said she met with the students Tuesday. She suggested the board invite the teens to meet with them and that the board actively support their student voices.

The proposed student bill of rights contains 10 rights: free expression; participation in decisions that affect their education; equitable academic resources; a socially, emotionally and physically safe positive school climate; inclusive teaching and learning environments; treatment with respect and dignity; effective teachers; positive school disciplinary policies and practices; equitable access to accelerated classes and academic counseling and efficient transportation.

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

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