Pittsburgh school board sets priorities for superintendent

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The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools tonight set four performance priorities for Superintendent Linda Lane for 2014-15.

The four priorities are increase student achievement, eliminate racial disparities, foster innovation and improve culture.

Some are similar to her four priorities for 2013-14. They were accelerate student achievement, eliminate racial disparities, become a district of first choice and develop a strong organizational culture that is student-focused.

The older goals are in effect for this contract year's evaluation. The new goals are intended for the next contract year's evaluation. The superintendent's contract called for new goals to be set by July 31.

The resolution also called for developing and agreeing on "key indicators to measure progress" under each priority. Those are being developed for the older goals as well.

All of the members voted in favor except Mark Brentley Sr., who was opposed.

In November last year, the school board declared Ms. Lane had met her performance priorities and gave her a $10,000 raise, bringing her pay to $230,000, effective Jan. 1 this year.

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

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