SHOWING UNITY—Parents, teachers, and activist rally outside Pittsburgh School Board offices in support of incoming Superintendent Anthony Hamlet ahead of a public meeting June 20. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

SHOWING UNITY—Parents, teachers, and activist rally outside Pittsburgh School Board offices in support of incoming Superintendent Anthony Hamlet ahead of a public meeting June 20. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

Chanting “Our schools, our board,” members of the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network, and their allies in the Service Employees International Union, parents and teachers rallied outside the Pittsburgh Board of Education Building in Oakland declaring their support for embattled incoming Superintendent Anthony Hamlet, and calling it a “watershed moment for the community.”

Kate Darren, a history teacher at CAPA, said the scrutiny of Hamlet’s resume, which uncovered embellished improvement claims and instances of plagiarism, is an example of systemic racism. Hamlet is Black.

STANDING FIRM—Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network President Rev. Rodney Lyde calls on the Pittsburgh School Board to “Hold the line” and support incoming Superintendent Anthony Hamlet. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

STANDING FIRM—Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network President Rev. Rodney Lyde calls on the Pittsburgh School Board to “Hold the line” and support incoming Superintendent Anthony Hamlet. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

“I want this school board to remain elected and to stay strong and keep Dr. Hamlet,” she said.

That is exactly the argument Co-chairman of the Hill District Education Council Sala Udin said would be made in Hamlet’s support in a letter to the media several days earlier.

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