Office of Mayor William Peduto
First Meeting of City Task Force on Public Education to Meet Tuesday

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 16, 2014) - A task force named by Mayor William Peduto charged with examining public education in the city of Pittsburgh will hold its first session tomorrow afternoon, June 17th, at the City-County Building.

The task force of educational stakeholders -- including elected officials, administrators, union officials, parents, students and others -- will meet four times to discuss ways to strengthen public schools across the many neighborhoods of the city. It is tasked with issuing the Mayor recommendations on school issues in September.

The meeting will be led by task force mediator Dr. Preston Green and Mayor Peduto’s manager of educational policy and workforce development Dr. Cosette Grant-Overton.

Dr. Green is a professor of urban education at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education, and a professor of educational leadership and law at UConn. Previously he was a professor of educational administration at Penn State, where he created the university’s joint degree program in law and education. He ran the Law and Education Institute at Penn State, a professional development program that teaches administrators and attorneys about educational law.

In her role at the Mayor’s office, Dr. Grant-Overton is overseeing the education task force, as well an early childhood consortium and the Summer Youth Employment task force. She returned to Pittsburgh after serving several years as a professor and director of the Center for the Study of Leadership in Urban Schools at the University of Cincinnati, where she also served as editor of the International Journal of Educational Leadership. Her research and scholarship focuses on culturally-relevant mentoring strategies that might improve the academic and career success for students.

Introductory remarks at the 4 p.m. session tomorrow will be open to the media but the rest of the task force meeting will be private. The meeting will be held in the 6th Floor Conference Room at the City-County Building, Room #646.

Task force members include:

  • Terry Kennedy, Pittsburgh Public Schools Board

  • Regina Holley, Education Committee Chair and member, 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

  • Sara Segal, 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

  • Hawa Mganga, Brashear High School student

  • Don Crawford, Barack Obama Academy of International Studies student

  • Stephen O’Brion, Pittsburgh Science and Tech Academy student

  • Dr. Preston Green, mediator, ex-officio task force member

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