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Pittsburgh Public Schools
Pittsburgh, PA
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District Profile
Superintendent:Linda S. Lane
Graduation rate:68%
Number of schools:54
Budget: $529.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board members:9
Term length:4
Pittsburgh Public Schools is a school district in Pennsylvania. It serves 26,292 students in 54 schools with an operating budget of $529.8 million.[1]

About the district

Pittsburgh Public Schools is located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Public Schools is located in Allegheny County in western Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh has a population of 306,211.[2]


The city outperforms the state in education and underperforms in median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents in Pittsburgh with a high school degree (88.8%) is higher than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Pittsburgh (34.4%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Pittsburgh is $37,161 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Bucks County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 66.0 83.5
Black or African American 26.1 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 4.4 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 2.5 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 2.3 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 56.6 42.2
2008 57.0 42.2
2004 57.2 42.1
2000 40.4


Dr. Linda S. Lane was named superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools in December 2010. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Iowa. She earned a master’s of science degree in education administration, an educational specialist degree and a doctorate degree in education from Drake University. In 1971, Lane began her career as an elementary school teacher in Iowa City Public Schools. She then worked in the Des Moines Public Schools, serving in various roles, such as the executive director of human resources and chief operating officer. Lane served as deputy superintendent for the Des Moines Public Schools from 2003-2007. She joined Pittsburgh Public Schools as deputy superintendent in 2007.[4]

School Board Members

The Pittsburgh Public Schools school board is composed of nine member serving four year terms. The current members are:[5]

Pittsburgh Public Schools
Sylvia Wilson District 1 2017
Regina B. Holley District 2 2015
Thomas Sumpter District 3 2017
William Isler District 4 2015
Terry Kennedy District 5 2017
Sherry Hazuda District 6 2015
Cynthia Falls District 7 2017
Mark Brentley Sr. District 8 2015
Carolyn Klug District 9 2017

School board elections

See also: Pittsburgh Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Pittsburgh Public Schools School Board are elected to four-year terms. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Four seats are up for election in November 2015 and fiveseats are up for election in November 2017.


The table below displays the budget for Pittsburgh Public Schools.[6]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2009-2010 $301,200,000 57.4% $144,100,000 27.5% $3,100,000 0.6% $56,800,000 10.8% $8,100,000 1.5% $524,600,000
2010-2011 $305,600,000 58.2% $144,500,000 27.5% $3,600,000 0.7% $58,900,000 11.2% $12,800,000 2.4% $525,400,000
2011-2012 $315,900,000 58.4% $145,400,000 26.9% $3,600,000 0.7% $60,200,000 11.1% $15,800,000 2.9% $540,900,000
2012-2013 $317,900,000 60% $137,300,000 25.9% $2,500,000 0.5% $58,400,000 11% $13,700,000 2.6% $529,800,000
2013-2014 $326,800,000 62.6% $131,600,000 25.2% $2,300,000 0.4% $56,400,000 10.8% $13,700,000 2.6% $521,800,000
Averages: $313,480,000 59% $140,580,000 27% $3,020,000 1% $58,140,000 11% $12,820,000 2% $528,500,000

Teacher salary

The salary schedule for Pittsburgh Public Schools is not available online.

Schools in Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh Public Schools serves 26,929 students in 54 schools.

Total enrollment[7]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 27,680
2008-2009 28,104 +0.0151
2009-2010 27,945 -0.0057
2010-2011 27,982 +0.0013
2011-2012 26,435 -0.0585
2012-2013 26,292 -0.0054

District Schools

Pittsburg Public Schools operates 54 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[8]

Pittsburg Public Schools
Allderdice High School
Allegheny Traditional Academy Elementary School
Allegheny Traditional Academy Middle School
Arsenal Elementary School
Arsenal Middle School
Banksville Elementary School
Barack Obama Academy of International Studies 6-12
Beechwood Elementary School
Brashear High School
Brookline School
Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology
Carrick High School
Concord Elementary School
Conroy Education Center
Dilworth Traditional Academy
Fulton Academy of Geographic and Life Sciences
Grandview Elementary School
Greenfield School
Liberty Elementary School
Linden Elementary School
Manchester School
Mifflin School
Minadeo Elementary School
Oliver City Wide Academy
Online academy
Perry Traditional Academy High School
Phillips Elementary School
Pioneer Education Center
Pittsburgh Classical Academy Middle School
Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts
Pittsburgh Milliones, University Preparatory School
Pittsburgh Montessori School
Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy
Roosevelt Elementary School
Schiller Classical Academy Middle School
South Brook Middle School
South Hills Middle School
Spring Hill Elementary School
Sterrett Classical Academy
Stevens School
Student Achievement Center
Sunnyside School
Taylor Allderdice High School
West Liberty Elementary School
Westinghouse High School
Whittier Elementary School
Woolslair Elementary School

Academic performance

Adequate Yearly Progress

Academic performance for the district is available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports are measurements defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allow the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests. AYP in Pennsylvania measures student results for three indicators: attendance (for schools without a high school graduating class) or graduation rate (for schools with a high school graduating class), academic performance and test participation. In order to be proficient in attendance, schools much achieve a 90% attendance rate or meet a target set in the previous year. The graduation rate measure has a goal of 85%, or a 10% reduction of the difference between the previous year's graduation rate and 85%. For academic performance, the state goals for the 2011-2012 school year were 78% of students scoring at proficient or higher in mathematics and 81% of students scoring at proficient or higher in reading. For test preparation, at least 95% of all students in each subgroup must take the test.[9] Pittsburgh Public Schools made AYP in 2011, but did not make AYP in 2012.[10]

District AYP scores
Performance Indicators 2011 2012
Attendance Y
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Graduation Rate Y
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Academic Performance Y
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Test Preparation Y
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Taxes Y
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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials Y
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Contracts P
Audits Y
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Public Records Y
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Academics Y
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Background Checks Y
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Transparency grading process

Website evaluation

This website was most recently reviewed on 5 Feb 2012

The good

  • Board of Directors is published, but specific contact information is not available.[11]
  • The Board of Directors policies are published.[12]
  • Board meetings, minutes, and agendas are published.[13] Additionally, the Board provides live Board meeting footage.[14]
  • Administrative officials are published.[15]
  • 2012 Preliminary budget is available.[16]
  • 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is published.[17]
  • Purchasing division publishes policies and information.[18] Although a number of press releases and newspaper articles are posted on the school website, a copy of the most recent teacher contract is unavailable.[19]
  • Assessment of Performance in Public Schools document is available.[20]

The bad

  • Salary schedules are not available to viewing by the general public.
  • Board of Directors do not have specific contract information available.
  • A full copy of teachers' contract with the district is unavailable.

Contact information

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Pittsburgh Public Schools

341 S. Bellefield Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: (412) 622-3500

See also

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