Farewell to Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane, who did a great job but probably will not be recognized for it because of all the controversy that goes with the position. And welcome to new Superintendent Anthony Hamlet.
There has always been a crisis in the education of Black children, not just in Pittsburgh, and not just in urban areas but also throughout the entire country. With it have come many different philosophies, which have led to many failures and many successes. And any honest successful educator will tell you that they had many failures on their way to what works. And what works for one child may not work for the other.
That is true in all schools. Charter Schools, Private Schools, Christian Schools, Public Schools or whatever. There’s no one system for all. This was the approach Superintendent Lane had and it appears to be the approach of the new Superintendent.
No, everybody is not going to agree with the new guy just like there were some who didn’t agree with Lane. But on the whole her policy, which was a continuation of the previous two superintendents, John Thompson and Mark Roosevelt, has worked to increase graduation rates, closing of the racial divide between White and Blacks, and more Blacks going to college or trade schools. Yes the new super will have a lot of work to do to continue this positive direction, but a lot of progress was made under Lane.