All nine candidates who are running for a seat on the Pittsburgh Public Schools board signed a pledge created by the A+ Schools coalition to support equity throughout the school district.
A+ has been working with the Pittsburgh schools to promote equitable distribution of resources to all schools throughout the district. The group held a public signing event for the pledge Wednesday at the Hill House.
The candidates who publicly signed a banner supporting the Community Pledge for Educational Equity and Excellence are: Lucille Prater-Holliday and Sylvia Wilson, candidates in District 1; Stephen DeFlitch and Terry Kennedy in District 5; Cynthia Falls from District 7; and Lorraine Burton Eberhardt, Carolyn Klug and Dave Schuilenburg from District 9.
School director Thomas Sumpter, who is running unopposed in District 3, signed the pledge earlier but did not attend the public function.
Carey Harris, A+ executive director, said the significance of the public signing is that it ensures the move toward equity across the district will continue. She said a year ago there were 10 schools without libraries, and this year, despite a $50 million cut in the district's budget, every school has a library. She said similar situations occurred with students' access to art, music and guidance counselors.education - neigh_city