Pittsburgh has done some interesting ed reform efforts, but always struggles with the view it is a "second city" to Philadelphia.
One of the most annoying things about all these education wonk analyses is how they presume to understand how everyone around the country thinks based on God Knows What.
It is neither here nor there, but nobody in Pittsburgh gives a shit about Philadelphia one way or another. It is a long, long, long, long way away. A longer drive than to DC, Cincinnati, or Detroit. Since the Pirates have gone in the toilet, as long as the Pens are beating the Flyers, the two cities don't have or require much interaction.