Office of Mayor William Peduto
Task Force Charged With Bridging Divisions in Local Education Community; Students Encouraged to Apply

Contact: Tim McNulty 412-255-2619



PITTSBURGH, PA – In a historic move to bring together all stakeholders for the first  time in decades, Mayor William Peduto today named a 21-member task force charged with examining public education in the City of Pittsburgh, and issuing recommendations to strengthen our public schools and surrounding communities.

"I am charging this task force to come together and revolutionize public education in Pittsburgh, to set aside the divisions that have opened up in our education community, and to build the best education model for our children and families," said Mayor Peduto. "Educating our children is my top priority and I want to build the best public education system in the country."

The task force includes elected officials, leaders in education in Pittsburgh, representatives from the foundation community, community members, the teachers union and others. In addition the task force is seeking three Pittsburgh high school students to serve as full voting members. The task force will meet regularly this spring and summer and issue a report to the Mayor, Pittsburgh City Council, and the community before September 1, 2014.

The Mayor is seeking three high school students to serve on the task force, each of whom will serve with full voting power. Students who are interested in applying should visit and fill out the form. In addition, students should submit via the website a resume and a one page letter to the Mayor explaining why they would like to serve on the task force. Applications and all materials are due by March 7, 2014.

The task force members named by the Mayor are:

  • Terry Kennedy, Pittsburgh Public Schools Board
  • Thomas Sumpter, President, Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Board Nina Esposito-Visgitis, President, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers
  • Dr. Linda Lane, Superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Dr. Curtiss Porter, Chief Education & Neighborhood Reinvestment Officer, City of Pittsburgh
  • R. Daniel Lavelle, Pittsburgh City Council
  • Natalia Rudiak, Pittsburgh City Council
  • Theresa Kail-Smith, Pittsburgh City Council
  • Deborah Gross, Pittsburgh City Council
  • Michael Lamb, City of Pittsburgh Controller
  • Carey Harris, Executive Director, A+ Schools
  • Patrick Dowd, Executive Director, Allies for Children
  • Jessie Ramey, Founder, Yinzercation
  • Brian Brown, Community and Youth Organizer, Hill District Consensus Group
  • Betsy Magley, Parent, Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Hazel Blackman, Hazelwood resident
  • The Rev. Dr. Darryl Canady, Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church
  • The Rev. John Welch, Dean of Students, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Three current PPS High School students to be determined.



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