Committee Chair state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, said he is amazed by the 43 school districts in Allegheny County, that are holdovers from the heights of the steel industry days, that used to have 40,000 students but now have much less.
“I think this can be a model for other districts because I was raised in a small rural district,” he said. “We need to look at if school districts are so small they can’t offer AP or art, or other courses—because it’s a death knell for those kids. No matter how much pride in community, it’s punishing kids.”
State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-East Liberty, who hosted the hearing, said he, too, was pleased by the success of the partnership, and also Pittsburgh’s efforts with eliminating out-of-school suspensions for a large portion of students.
“I want business communities, local universities and public schools to work together to prepare students the for workforce, to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, improve education in low-income communities,” he said.
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