Learning is about finding out what you know and what you don’t, and what you don’t even know you don’t know. And 60 days into his 90-day transition plan, Pittsburgh Superintendent of Schools Anthony Hamlet knows more than he did, but he said he still has more to learn.

“I’m finding out about the system, the people, their beliefs, and I’ve learned the residents here are highly passionate about education,” he told the New Pittsburgh Courier editorial board recently. “And they agree that our decisions have to be made based on the kids. We haven’t always done that. We’ve made decisions for adults.”

And going forward, whatever decisions Hamlet and his staff make will be made based on data. To date, Hamlet has met with staff, students and stakeholders at 20 of the district’s 54 schools, and is continuing his top-to-bottom evaluation of the system.

“We seem to be on the same page,” he said. “But we still need to see what’s redundant, what’s missing and what needs to be enhanced. We’ll use that to create a survey, take the results back to the community and ask if we got it right.”

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