A+ Schools seeking volunteer interviewers

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A+ Schools is embarking on its annual School Works research project of Pittsburgh Public Schools, including looking at issues highlighted in a proposed student bill of rights.

The education advocacy organization is seeking volunteers to do interviews at the high school level. Trained student volunteers will survey their peers. Community volunteers will interview principals, counselors and learning environment specialists.

The TeenBloc at A+ Schools last fall issued a proposed 10-point student bill of rights, calling for all students to have effective teachers, equitable access to accelerated classes and academic counseling.

In a news release, Carey Harris, executive director of A+ Schools said, “We’re excited to be including student responses in our analysis this year. The community always wants to hear more about the student experience. This provides us an opportunity to hear directly from students about what they think on a variety of issues: from teaching and school climate to the resources and opportunities they have.”

The survey results will provide input to the advocacy efforts of A+ Schools.

Those interested in volunteering for School Works can call A+ Schools at 412-697-1298 or sign up online at www.aplusschools.org.

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

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