PittGirl the Consultant.

So when I leave the US, the Pittsburgh Public Schools were going to be called the Pittsburgh Schools.

Apparently while I was away, all sorts of shit hit the fan because upon my return, I see it’s back to being the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Besides the fact that I couldn’t care less what they called the schools. They could call them Steve for all I care. What matters is this, “Is Steve doing a good job of educating the kids and keeping them safe?”

Besides that, there’s this:

The district did, however, pay about $15,000 to a pair of consultants who suggested the school district start using a shorter name on letterhead and other written materials.

Fifteen thousand dollars?!? FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS?!!? To tell you to take a word out of your name? There’s a Dilbert strip here somewhere. I just know it.

That does it. I’m becoming a consultant. Do you think UPMC will pay me $15,000 to suggest to them that they change their name to King Kong?


“So we’re going to put it back in, even though it will make the name a little bit longer and cumbersome.”

Yeah, I don’t know about you, but when I go to type “Pittsburgh Public Schools” and I get to the second word, I have to pause a moment, sip some Gatorade and go, “This is SO cumbersome. Gawd.”


  1. SeanCollier
    July 23, 2007 11:29 am

    The real issue is the $15K. All the problems with the schools can be traced back to money issues, and one school had to close abruptly this summer, with no clear answers on where the students are going to go. And, instead of putting that money (and who knows what else that’s been lost to nonsense) into the districts, it goes to a half-assed consulting firm. This is the type of bullshit beauracracy that makes anything “Public” ineffective – money flies in a million ridiculous directions, but not where it’s needed.

  2. Aeran
    July 23, 2007 1:14 pm

    those $15,000 could have been much better spent actually improving the quality of education provided by the PPS. The whole thing’s just absurd.

    However, they’re still planning on putting “Pittsburgh” before all the school names (ex. “Pittsburgh Peabody”, “Pittsburgh Arsenal”) so as to connect all the schools in a “web of excellence”. I bet that bright idea cost enough.

  3. Christina
    July 23, 2007 3:51 pm

    It could have been worse. USAir paid consultants $70,000 to tell them to add a syllable and change their name to “USAirways”.

    I’m pretty sure they didn’t spend taxpayer dollars to do it, though.