A+ Schools Pittsburgh's Community Alliance For Public Education

Inform. Engage. Mobilize.

aka A+ Schools   |   Pittsburgh, PA   |  www.aplusschools.org

Mission

A+ Schools is an independent community advocate for equity and excellence in Pittsburgh Public Schools. We envision a public education system in Pittsburgh where: Overall student achievement continues to rise, with 100% of students graduating, and 80% finishing a training program, 2 year or 4 year university program, and Race is not a factor in determining which students: are in the highest and lowest achievement categories, graduate from high school or matriculate in training programs or colleges and universities. A+ Schools' purpose is to be a community force advancing the highest educational achievement and character development for every public school student.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Mr. James L. Fogarty JD

Main address

1901 Centre Avenue Suite 302

Pittsburgh, PA 15219 USA

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EIN

30-0254325

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Board Watch

A+ Schools believes that in order to achieve a strong public school system we must have effective leaders who are fully accountable, fiscally responsible and strategically focused on moving the district forward. A district governed by a focused school board that functions with purpose, transparency, respect, responsibility and competency will allow students to achieve their maximum potential. Board Watch is a grassroots effort established by A+ Schools that is meant to ensure effective school board governance. It involves volunteers who are trained to observe Pittsburgh Public School Board meetings as independent, informed, nonpartisan citizen evaluators of the School Board's governance.

Population(s) Served

Report to the Community on Public School Progress in Pittsburgh: Consistent and accurate information is necessary to engage the public in discussions about equity, school quality and reform progress. A+ Schools has issued Report to the Community on Public School Progress in Pittsburgh every year since 2005. The report provides information about student achievement and other school performance indicators by school and level. The report includes an executive summary analysis of district trends. This year will be the 10th anniversary edition of the Report following a one-year hiatus. We hope to include more information than ever before and provide a review of progress made over the last decade in Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Population(s) Served

Teen Bloc: Students Engaged in Leadership educates and empowers Pittsburgh Public High School students as participants in school reform, rather than just as reactors to it. It is our belief that the students are a vital part of the community that, when seen as partners, have the potential to be a force that pushes the improvement of schools to a level unachieved by other urban school districts. Students are supported by staff from A+ Schools and MGR Youth Empowerment.By engaging students in leadership and organizing, we seek to support them to develop their voice as informed citizens and empower them to seek to find the most effective ways to create positive change in their communities. Over time, the result will be generations of adults who seek to make informed decisions to lead future Pittsburgh.

Population(s) Served

Parent Nation is a network of parents and community members working to teaching and learning environments, champion equity and excellence in our schools, and grow the voice and involvement of families. Parent leaders with the will and capacity to enlist others to enact change in their neighborhood schools are needed. In schools where parents play a role in decision making and problem-solving stronger relationships are formed and students are better served. Parents and community leaders will take part in trainings to learn about issues facing students, how to grow power, and what their rights and responsibilities are. We are looking for parents and leaders who will champion policies and practices that will ensure all children, especially our most vulnerable, are given the resources and opportunities they need and deserve.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Financials

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A+ Schools Pittsburgh's Community Alliance For Public Education

Board of directors
as of 4/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Sarah Silverman

Whiteboard Advisors

Term: 2019 - 2020

Thomas Van Kirk

Highmark, Inc.

Cate Reed

Teach for America

Dr. Keely Baronak

Carlow University

Jason Boll

Pittsburgh Perry High School

Diana Bucco

Buhl Foundation

Dr. Miriam Faiz-Nassar

UPMC Children's Hospital

Rev. Brenda Gregg

Project Destiny

Ryan Gassaway

KIPP Foundation

Kirk Holbrook

University of Pittsburgh

Tiffany Jimenez

The Campus School of Carlow University

Dr. Valerie Kinloch

University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Temple Lovelace

Duquesne University

Dan Mahon

KPMG

Dr. Braveen Ragunanthan

UPMC Children's Hospital

Kudzai Sihlangu

Federated Investors

Sarah Siplak

Trying Together

Richard Victoria

Gordon & Rees, LLP

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No