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Pittsburgh Schools are still fully embroiled in the high school reforms
enacted in 2006. A task force, with goals are similar to those of the
federal No Child Left Behind Act, is currently leading the reforms.
Pittsburgh Schools evaluate the reforms in accordance with the
Excellence for All Plan, an initiative that seeks to develop all Pittsburgh
Schools academically. The Task Force leading the Pittsburgh Public
Schools High School Reform has just recently announced their sp...



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Pittsburgh Schools are still fully embroiled in the high school reforms enacted in 2006.
A task force, with goals are similar to those of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, is
currently leading the reforms. Pittsburgh Schools evaluate the reforms in accordance
with the Excellence for All Plan, an initiative that seeks to develop all Pittsburgh
Schools academically. The Task Force leading the Pittsburgh Public Schools High
School Reform has just recently announced their specific Plan for High School
Excellence. And they let parents and students know that the improvements will take
many years. The root causes of the issues in Pittsburgh Schools are tied to discipline
and curriculum problems.
In the past, Pittsburgh Schools experienced low test scores and high dropout rates. The
Plan for High School Excellence has been created in response to declining enrollment
in public schools. Many of the students leaving the public sector of Pittsburgh Schools
are lured by private schools that boost higher academic success. Teachers will receive
more intensive training and stronger support in enforcing discipline codes. Discipline
and student behavior have plagued the Pittsburgh Schools for years. In this area, there
have been some detention guidelines established and a center for long-term problem
students has also been arranged. In addition, there is an entirely separate school being
built for consistently defiant students.
The stress created by tension and violence in the Pittsburgh Schools led to the creation
of the detention center. By separating the students prone to troublemaking from their
peers, the other students in Pittsburgh Schools are given a better chance to focus on
their studies. All who enroll in the school for disruptive students will be given 180
days of education and discipline before they have the opportunity to return to
Pittsburgh Schools. In order to be sent to these schools, students must have been
suspended for 4 to 10 days; at home suspensions are being rejected by Pittsburgh
Schools as they do not provide constructive punishment.
These new resources and plans are targeted at incoming ninth graders in the hopes that
they can be the beginning of change in the Pittsburgh Schools. Part of the program
involves providing mentors to these incoming freshmen. Community involvement will
be stressed. The introduction of civics to the curriculum of Pittsburgh Schools is hoped
to help with character development and behavior. Also, the lesson plans in Pittsburgh
Schools will look different next year. Faculty members are involved with a program to
streamline and unify their plans. By making the classes and teaching methods more
uniform and cohesive the teachers in Pittsburgh Schools hope reach more students
more effectively. Will this five-year plan, with its ambitious steps, be able to improve
the unruly environment and classrooms in the Pittsburgh Schools? Administrators are
counting on it.

				
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