Equity Advisory Panel
On August 24, 1992 a complaint against the School District of Pittsburgh was filed with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) charging the District violated sections of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. The District and the Advocates for African American Students, the group that filed the claim, reached a Conciliation Agreement in September 2006. The Conciliation Agreement included 94 action steps that addressed how the District could reduce racial achievement disparities, provide instructional support, and create an environment of equity for its African-American students. Of these, 80 of the action steps were embedded in the District’s reform agenda, Excellence for All.
As part of that agreement, the Advocates for African-American Students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools insisted on the establishment of a volunteer Equity Advisory Panel (EAP) to monitor the District's system-wide compliance, and to recommend research-based strategies, methods, and programs to address the disparities. The Equity Advisory Panel Members (selected jointly by the Advocates for African-American Students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, the School District of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission) are: Dr. Larry Davis, Ms. Wanda Henderson, Ms. Celeta Hickman, Ms. Tamanika Howze, Dr. Anthony Mitchell, Sr., Ms. Maria Searcy, and Dr. James Stewart.