Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Former Pittsburgh Schools Administrator New Head of Charter School

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Former Pittsburgh Schools Administrator New Head of Charter School

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A former Pittsburgh Public Schools administrator has been appointed the new principal and CEO of City Charter High School.

Dara Ware Allen, formerly assistant superintendent for student support services at Pittsburgh Public Schools and a former school board member, will assume the role as head of the Downtown charter school Monday. She replaces Ron Sofo, who is retiring after more than six years at the school.

"I've long admired their model from afar," Ms. Allen said.

The high school describes itself on its website as "technology-infused" and requires students to complete an internship and get "real-world business experience" before they graduate. The school offers courses in subjects such as computer literacy, financial literacy and entrepreneurship and time management. City Charter also employs a practice known as "looping," which allows the same teachers to work with students for all four years of high school.

City Charter High School graduated its first class of students in 2006 and has been hailed as one of the region's most successful charter schools. It has about 600 students and a graduation rate of about 94 percent, Ms. Allen said.

"There are areas that I feel like the school has a great foundation, and that [my] experience and my background I think will help accentuate," she said, pointing to her work at PPS on issues such as workforce development, instituting restorative practices, and building relationships with community agencies. …

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