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PPS Among Three School Districts to Earn 2017 CUBE Annual Awards for Urban School Board Excellence

Three School Districts Earn 2017 CUBE Annual Awards for Urban School Board Excellence


Pittsburgh Public Schools, Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools, and Texas’ Lancaster Independent School District have been named recipients of the 2017 CUBE Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence Awarded by the National School Board Association’s (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE), the CUBE Award recognizes school boards that exhibit excellence in school board governance, academic improvement, educational equity, and community engagement.


CUBE Award winners have demonstrated strong leadership and measureable success in providing urban schoolchildren with the finest public education possible,” said NSBA Executive Director and CEO Thomas J. Gentzel. Their success is an inspirational example of how local school boards, as education leaders in their communities, can make a difference in the lives of America's schoolchildren.


The Pittsburgh school board has been steadfast in its commitment to providing a safe and supportive school environment for immigrant and transgender students—and protecting them from the divisive and sometimes frightening public debate surrounding these children.


Watch the video below to learn more about the artistry of the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Public Schools.



The board also has worked to promote academic excellence by expanding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education; promoting computer literacy, particularly among girls and minority students; and seeking alternative disciplinary practices to reduce the disproportionate suspension and expulsion of minority students. Read more.