Cuts To City’s Gifted Program Could Affect Private, Parochial Students

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Parents with children in private and parochial schools who take advantage of special education programs in the Pittsburgh Public schools are bracing for a fight.

Budgetary constraints facing the school district threaten some of the programs those students have traditionally been able to take advantage of – programs like the one for gifted students.

The gifted program currently has about 1,100 students district wide and about 150 students from private and parochial schools participate in a one day a week pull program.

Students attend one day a week for accelerated classes and they are bused to the West End facility.

But if the school district has to eliminate teachers, the gifted program could see fewer teachers too which means they won’t be able to handle as many students and those from outside the city schools would be the first to go.

“We service parochial and private school students as long as it doesn’t displace a Pittsburgh Public School student,” Allison McCarthy said. “So for example, if we end up reducing teachers and there’s still a hundred spots, we would take private school students in those hundred spots.”

“We live in the city, we pay taxes in the city,” Kathy Stec said. “If it’s going to be provided for other children in the city, it would seem fair to provide it for all of those that are eligible.”

The school board meets Wednesday night for a vote on the budget, but all of this has been proposed already and the district says there’s no alternative right now available if the cuts go through.

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  1. SHELLY WILSON says:

    NOT ONLY DO WE PAY TAXES TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH BUT THIS IS ALSO DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THOSE WHO CHOOSE A RELIGIOUS EDUCATION. THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED UNDER THE US CONSTITUTION. ALSO WE ARE ALREADY SAVING THE DISTRICT MONEY BY NOT UTILIZING THEIR TEACHING SERVICES ON A DAILY BASIS. MY SON HAS BEEN IN THE GIFTED CENTER FOR 4 YEARS AND THIS WOULD BE A TRAGIC LOSS FOR HIM.

    1. Just Saying... says:

      What wouldn’t be a tragic loss to you and your family would be the loss of your Caps Lock key.

  2. Level Green says:

    I’ll say this slowly for the gifted people….. THERE IS NO MONEY…..

    The way things used to be are just that, the way they used to be. Things have to change going forward unless you want to increase taxes.

    Well Shelly, do you want to increase taxes?

    1. SHELLY WILSON says:

      THERE IS SUCH A THING AS THE US CONSTITUTION. MONEY ISSUES DO NOT TAKE AWAY YOUR CONSTITUTION RIGHTS NOT BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST DUE TO RELIGION. I ALREADY PAY PLENTY OF SCHOOL TAXES AND PAROCHIAL SCHOOL TUITION SO DO NOT TALK TO ME ABOUT MONEY. HOW ABOUT I DON’T HAVE TO PAY TAXES FOR SERVICES I DO NOT RECEIVE. ALL CHILDREN HAVE THE RIGHT TO THE BEST EDUCATION POSSIBLE. SO YES LET’S ALL PAY MORE FOR THE CHILDREN SO THERE IS NO NEED FOR DISCRIMINATION.

      1. Level Green says:

        Niaive parents are too funny. OK Shelly, show me in the US Constituition where one word refers to taxes and/or education…..it doesn’t. Private education is your choice and your right and your privilege but not at great expense to the public.

        Secondly, your “entitlement mentality” shines too brightly. Children are entitled to the best education affordable…..not possible. Next you will be arguing that your precious little kids should be able to go to college for free because your pay state taxes.

  3. SHELLY WILSON says:

    I THOUGHT THAT I COULD CHAT HERE WITH PEOPLE WHO HAD HALF A BRAIN. BUT I SEE THAT IS NOT SO. HEY YOU GUYS I LOVE ALL CAPS. LEVEL GREEN I WILL NEVER IN MY LIFE RECEIVE ANY “ENTITLEMENTS” PEOPLE WHO PAY TAXES USUALLY DO NOT. I ALSO HOPE YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY KIDS BECAUSE I FEEL SORRY IF YOU SO. I AM STANDING UP FOR MY CHILDREN’S RIGHTS YES RIGHT NOT TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST DO TO THEIR RELIGION. MY PRECIOUS LITTLE KIDS DO DESERVE ALL THAT MY TAX DOLLARS AFFORD TO THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT SO YES CALL ME “NAIVE” BUT SO GOES IT FOR PARENTS WHO FIGHT FOR THE BEST FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THIS IS MY LAST TIME WRITING HERE AS THIS DOES NOT SERVE ANY PURPOSE IN MY GOAL. THANKS FOR YOUR OPINIONS WE ARE ALL ENTITLED TO THEM.

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