Consortium for Public Education
Mary Kay Babyak
410 Ninth Street
McKeesport, PA 15132
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The Consortium for Public Education works to ensure that every child, in every community, receives a high-quality public education. It pursues resources for its partner school districts and encourages community and business involvement in the critical task of educating children. It concentrates on creating the conditions for change that will result in smarter schools and communities, better positioned to face the future. At the heart of this effort is a firm belief that public education is fundamental to a democratic and civil society, that public schools belong to the entire community, and that all community members benefit from successful public schools.
The Consortium began operations in 1985 as the McKeesport Education Consortium with a mini-grant program and a determination to restore and build confidence in the public schools of McKeesport Area School District. Other initiatives to support and enhance school improvement strategies gradually were phased in, and in 1987, as the organization expanded to serve 20 southwestern Pennsylvania school districts ranged along and near the Monongahela River, it became the Mon Valley Education Consortium.
In April of 2007, with the scope of its work expanding again, it became The Consortium for Public Education. It now partners with schools and school districts throughout western Pennsylvania. Its initiatives fall into five main categories: leadership development for individuals and organizations, middle-high school transformation, early literacy, networking, and advocacy.
School improvement continues to be supported by a mini grants program that recognizes teachers' vision and expertise and by programs targeting student achievement and school improvement. Grassroots support (financial and in-kind) for the public schools is the goal of the public engagement strand, and leadership/governance deals with decision-making in schools and in the many communities which comprise school districts.