Posted on November 29, 2022

Pittsburgh School Board Takes Stance on Race, Gender Identity Teaching in Classroom

Justin Vellucci, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 23, 2022

Pittsburgh Public Schools board members this week took a stance on four state House and Senate bills, unanimously passing a resolution that called the measures regarding race and gender identity “inconsistent” with the needs of district students.

Pennsylvania House Bills 1532 and 2813 restrict certain teachings about race and sex, and provides wider access to contraception, while state Senate Bills 1278 and 1277 bar discussion of sexual and gender identity before fifth grade, and notify parents when sexually explicit content is being taught in the classroom.


The board’s resolution expressed concerns that “the bills impede the ability of professional educators to address the diverse needs of all students,” according to Ebony Pugh, a spokesperson for the school district. {snip}

The board passed the resolution unanimously Tuesday night, Pugh said.

“All four bills are inconsistent with the needs of our students and threaten the ability of the School District of Pittsburgh to build a culture of belonging that embraces differences, reflects our local community and allows all students and educators to be their authentic selves,” the resolution read, in part. {snip}