I was interested to read on Saturday about the formation of Mayor Bill Peduto’s task force on the overhaul of the Pittsburgh Public Schools (“Peduto’s Task Force to Meet on School Overhaul,” Feb. 22). I consider it to be another hopeful sign that this new administration is good for our city. I am concerned, however, about the make-up of the task force.
The city council is well represented, as is the school board and administration and unspecified community groups. There will even be three students included. The teachers, on the other hand, are represented only by Nina Esposito-Visgitis. Ms. Visgitis, as president of the teachers union, is a strong voice and an advocate for the teachers, but she is only one person. In all the talk about school reform and improvement, the teachers — those most immediately involved in the day-to-day functions and activities in the classrooms — always seem to be left out of the conversation. It is as though they are seen only as tools and not as the intelligent, highly educated and very dedicated people that they are.
The writer is a retired Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher.