Pittsburgh Public Schools recognized for supporting immigrant, transgender students |

Pittsburgh Public Schools recognized for supporting immigrant, transgender students

Jamie Martines
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Tiahna Flannigan, 17, of Mt. Washington, (middle) and student at Brashear High School, addresses the members of the Pittsburgh Public Schools board at Pittsburgh Public Schools building in Oakland during a workshop about a transgender student non-discrimination policy in effect at Brashear, Monday, May 2, 2016

The school board of the Pittsburgh Public Schools is among three districts nationwide to receive the 2017 CUBE Award for Urban School Board Excellence, awarded by the National School Boards Association.

The Pittsburgh Public Schools board was honored for efforts to provide “a safe and supportive school environment for immigrant and transgender students, and protecting them from a divisive and sometimes frightening public debate,” according to a statement from the National School Boards Association.

The board was also recognized for promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, as well as for implementing disciplinary practices that reduce the disproportionate suspension and expulsion of minority students, the statement said.

Shelby County Schools in Tennessee and Lancaster Independent School District in Texas also received the $2,500 award.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at [email protected], 724-850-2867 or on Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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