SALA UDIN FOR SCHOOL BOARD
We are called to fight on many fronts. But, very few fights are as important as the fight for quality education for our children. Sala Udin has been a stalwart voice for quality education on the Pittsburgh School Board since he was elected in 2017. Sala’s term is up this year and he has agreed to stand for re-election for another 4-year term. Sala has stood up for our children and now he needs us to stand with him.
WHY IS SALA RUNNING?
The work is not finished. Baby steps have been taken, but our children need “giant steps” in order to catch up with the grades they are behind, especially since the Corona Virus pandemic closed the schools. District 3 continues to need the voice of a “champion for Quality Education”. Sala Udin knows his way around the halls of Pittsburgh Public Schools and we need his voice.
PA Department of Education data shows a widening achievement gap between black and white PPS students, especially in reading and math. Only 20-30% of black students are proficient in reading and math. The PPS Superintendent, Administration and Board seem complacent about the District’s failure to educate black children. Education is the only ticket out of poverty and crime for young black boys and girls.
Sala believes in the resiliency of black youth and he believes they have the same God-given abilities to learn at high levels as other youth in Pittsburgh Public Schools. They are not at fault for educational failures in Pittsburgh. It is the adults who have failed them Sala decided to get on the School Board to raise his voice for quality education and to hold the Board, the Superintendent and the whole Pittsburgh Public School system accountable for providing a quality educational experience for our children.
Since Sala has been on the board, he has continuously insisted that the curriculum be updated, that our children are provided with the most up-to-date methods used in private and other schools that produce high performing students in teaching our children how to read early in their educational careers, starting in pre-kindergarten. They should be proficient (on grade level) by the end of the 3rd grade, otherwise, they may never catch up.
TIME FOR CHANGE
Most parents and community leaders are not satisfied with the performance of Pittsburgh Public Schools’ performance in academics or in the management of our school system. It is time for a change! Black Women For Better Education knows that one voice cannot alone change the culture of Complacency that constitutes the culture of the PPS bureaucracy. That is why they are running a whole slate of CHANGE candidates. I am proud that they have endorsed me as the only incumbent School Board member they endorsed. It is my hope that enough new blood can be elected in order to bring about the CHANGE necessary. Our children deserve CHANGE. Our children need CHANGE. Our children deserve CHANGE.
SALA’S TOP THREE PRIORITIES
The top priority is to change how PPS teaches children to read and do basic math. Sala said, “Our children must be proficient in reading and math by the end of the third grade, or they risk remaining behind throughout their entire school career.”
Secondly, the entire school curriculum, across the board, must be upgraded to n inclusive curriculum, including ethnic diversity of African Americans and all the major ethnicities in American history and society.
The Pittsburgh school system must become more successful in balancing the make-up of the teaching and professional staff, so that more minority teachers are hired, especially black male teachers and professionals.