My Commitment to Public Education – Learn More

Today’s blogging prompt involved finding a headline in my local paper and this is what I found

Teacher Evaluation Fight May Prove Costly

I could tell you about my  public education in the 1970’s and 1980’s in the West Mifflin School District.

I could tell you about what I’ve learned through my work as a social worker in various systems – housing, mental health, foster care, economic development, hunger, etc.

I could tell you about my personal experiences with friends and colleagues who are educators and parents.

Instead, I’m going to shut up and go learn. I don’t know enough about public education in Pittsburgh. So right now I have Null Space open to read about things from an economist’s perspective. I will brush up on Yinzercation. I will delve into the Post-Gazette and Tribune Review coverage.

Then I’ll write about it.

I believe a strong public education system is a necessary tool for a strong community. My life is better because my neighbor’s kids are getting an education. I believe school funding should be a priority. I look at Catholic schools, especially the salaries and lack of benefits, and my belief in public unions is reinforced.

So begins my own Yinzercation.

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My first public school (pre-K) the “old” Homeville Elementary School, abandoned in 1977.


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