Hill District Education Council demands better schools
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The Hill District Education Council today said it is putting Pittsburgh Public Schools on notice that the district must do better for Hill District students or the council will seek the ouster of school board members, administrators and teachers.
"Enough is enough," said the Rev. Johnnie Monroe at the Freedom Corner in the Hill District. "The children and parents of the Hill have carried the lion's share of changes in this district such as school closings, administrative and teacher changes, redistricting which caused increased population in a school that was to have grown incrementally, promises made about school expansions such as Vann and Miller and promises broken."
The schools of the Hill are Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12, also known as University Prep; Pittsburgh Miller PreK-5 and Pittsburgh Weil PreK-5.
Another Hill District school, Vann, is closed.
Rev. Monroe said the group wants the district to resolve the challenges by January.
School district spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said, "We do understand that change is difficult and really would like the community to know the changes we have made have not been made just for the sake of change but have been made with the best interests of Hill District students in mind.
"It is complex because there are been population shifts and declines," she said. "We've had to make difficult decisions, but we believe they are the right decisions."
She said the district has set as a priority ensuring that all students have effective teachers.
First Published July 27, 2012 11:21 am