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Pittsburgh School District Director District 4

School Directors are elected on behalf of the community to oversee the education of students in their jurisdiction. They serve as agents of the state legislature. They are responsible for curriculum and instruction management, all finances including development of annual budgets and levying of taxes and issuance of debt obligations when necessary; personnel; legal matters; management of facilities; and transportation of students as appropriate. Schools may includes pre-K and career and technical schools. The school board consists of nine members who serve four-year terms of office without pay. The school district of the city of Pittsburgh includes Mount Oliver. In 2019, directors for even numbered districts will be elected.

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    Pam Harbin
    (Dem, Rep)

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Last Name Harbin
First Name Pam
Age 56
Campaign Phone (412) 216-4536
Campaign Web Site
Education Public school graduate and BS in Finance/Marketing from LaSalle University. Experience in large government contract negotiations in the aerospace industry. Leader in education policy at the local, state, and national level. Attended or watched every Pittsburgh school board meeting since 2007.
Qualifications for office For the past 12 years, I have worked in collaboration with students, parents, teachers and the community for the schools all our children deserve. My journey as a mother of two boys in Pittsburgh Public Schools, a public education and disability advocate, and community organizer prepared me to be an effective school board director. I co-founded Education Rights Network, a parent-led organization advocating for fully-resourced, inclusive and quality education for students in Pennsylvania. My advocacy has led to transformative equitable policy change in PPS.
District Pittsburgh Public School Board, District 4
Improve student outcomes by removing barriers to teaching and learning. All students deserve to thrive in great schools with inclusive access to a full range of opportunities, so that they may succeed in colleges, careers, and life. Create welcoming, safe, identity affirming, fun, challenging, engaging and supportive schools through policy that is informed by students, parents, teachers, principals, and administration working together. Collaborate with the broader community to improve education for all students and expand early learning, Career & Technical Education, community schools, and before/after school program.
Every student, regardless of race, sex, gender identity, disability, zip code, or income level has the right to a quality, inclusive education in trauma informed, hate-free, and decriminalized schools. I will support policies that improve conditions for learning and teaching, ensure we have great principals and teachers in every school, and remove barriers for traditionally disadvantaged students who experience persistent inequities, so that all students can thrive in any PPS school.
Through collaboration, Pittsburgh can be a leader in early childhood learning. Investing in early childhood is one of the smartest things we can do, with lifetime benefits for individuals and huge long-term savings for the community. I will work with city, county, and state officials; the teachers union; foundations; and the business community to ensure all of our city’s children have access to affordable, high quality, developmentally appropriate, inclusive early childhood education and care.