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There’s been great interest in our school finances since Pittsburgh Public Schools issued their “Whole Child, Whole Community: Building a Bridge to the Pittsburgh Promise” report in December. Due to that interest, Pittsburgh Public Schools have been hosting community meetings to discuss the report.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The report, part of the district’s $2.4 million envisioning process, suggested cuts that could yield savings of $17 million to $44 million a year by 2016, depending on which options the board chooses.

The report also suggested new initiatives that combined could have a one-time cost of $3.8 million to $8.7 million and annual recurring costs of $4 million to $9.9 million.

You can download a .PDF file of the entire report here. Others have their own vision for public school finances and reform. This includes the coalition group Great Public Schools. You can view their report here.

If you would like to get involved in the conversation, there are two community meetings this month:

Monday, March 17th
Hosts: Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee and Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, &
Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
Location: East End Cooperative Ministry Community House
Penn Circle North,
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Tuesday, March 18th
Hosts: Christians Investing in Education
Location: Institutional Church of God in Christ (formerly Greek Church)
302 West North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 pm

You can also email Pittsburgh Public Schools with your ideas and feedback at


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