City officials urged to link youth summer jobs program to academic performance - Pittsburgh Business Times:: "Richard Flanagan, youth development director at Bloomfield Garfield Corp., urged Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and other elected officials to tie academic performance to youth job placement to maximize use of economic stimulus funding. Summer job candidates are currently chosen by lottery.In Pittsburgh, you get to pick a school by lottery. That's bad.
In Pittsburgh you get to pick who to hire by lottery. That's bad too.
I agree with Mr. Flannigan. Hire based on merit. Imagine that.