Pittsburgh Public Schools are taking a firm stance against Pennsylvania bills they believe are harmful

The Pittsburgh Public School Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night opposing four state bills. “I think this resolution is really important because it also tells our lawmakers in Harrisburg that you don’t get to choose how we educate our students and what environment we create for them,” said Devon Taliaferro, executive director of the Pittsburgh Public School. said. “You can’t direct what’s going on in our schools and our cities and our classrooms in parts of the state where you’ve never been. It’s truly an opportunity for us to stand up as a school district.” The school board says the laws they oppose would jeopardize PPS’s ability to continue to build a culture of belonging by preventing educators from teaching history correctly and ban teaching classes on gender identity and sexual orientation, among other things. “To me, this means that as a district, we already have a strong belief that our students need to learn their history and identify in whatever way makes them feel most comfortable,” Taliaferro added. “We’re a district that supports that.” The school board says it wants to make sure all students and educators can be their authentic selves. They plan to send this resolution to the sponsors of the bills and to the governor.

The Pittsburgh Public School board of directors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night opposing four state bills.

The school board says these state bills are harmful to black and LGBTQ+ students and families.

“I think this resolution is really important because it also tells our lawmakers in Harrisburg that you don’t get to choose how we educate our students and what environment we create for them,” said Devon Taliaferro, executive director of the Pittsburgh Public School. said. “You can’t direct what’s going on in our schools and our cities and our classrooms in parts of the state where you’ve never been. It’s really an opportunity for us to stand up as a school district.”

The school board says the bills they oppose would jeopardize the PPS’s ability to continue building a culture of belonging by preventing educators from properly teaching history and teaching classrooms about gender identity and sexual orientation, among other things to disallow.

“To me, this means that as a district, we already have a strong belief that our students need to learn their history and identify in whatever way makes them feel most comfortable,” Taliaferro added. “We are a district that supports this.”

The school board says they want to make sure all students and educators can be their authentic selves.

They plan to send this resolution to the sponsors of the bills and to the governor.

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