Education


Chinese student pleads to role as test cheat organizer

Han Tong, a former student at Pitt, admitted he either took entrance tests for others or found impostors to take tests.

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 More than a dozen Chinese nationals were charged in May with scheming to have impostors take college and grad school exams and cheat their way into top American universities.

Convicted Chinese national in test-taking scheme asks for deportation; U.S. wants jail

Biyuan Li, 25, was among 15 Chinese nationals charged in U.S. and China with scheming to have impostors take college and grad school exams.

about 13 hours ago


 Carnegie Mellon University's robot soccer team.

Tiny dynasty: CMU robot soccer team wins fifth world title in China

The squad, featuring robots less than 6 inches high, beat a team from Iran in the finals and didn’t allow a single goal in the tournament.

about 20 hours ago


Defense department renews $1.73 billion contract with CMU

The school’s SEI is the only federally funded research/development center dedicated to cybersecurity and software engineering.

1 day ago


Acrobatiq snags $9.75 million from Gates Foundation, Draper Triangle

The South Side-based adaptive learning and analytics software company received a $9.75 million Series A round of funding.

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 Margie Winters, right, receives a hug after parents met to discuss her firing at Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion. Winters was hired in 2007 and was dismissed for being in a same-sex marriage.

Gay Catholic teacher from Phila. says firing felt 'like a death'

Margie Winters says she kept a low profile about her marriage until someone complained.

1 day ago


 Cameron Tonkinwise

Odysseys: Australian leads CMU's design studies program

Cameron Tonkinwise moved to Brooklyn from Australia. In 2012, his teaching career in the field of design brought him to Pittsburgh.

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Pitt appoints Reed Smith partner to lead new energy law institute

Pitt School of Law dean William M. Carter Jr. today appointed Kevin Abbott to lead the new Energy Law and Policy Institute.

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Steel Valley to install handicapped-accessible bathrooms

The district will install two bathrooms so that special needs children and adults can use a washroom without going upstairs.

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Pittsburgh Promise program gets a reality lesson

The Promise has reduced the maximum total scholarship to $30,000, with an annual maximum of $7,500, beginning with the Class of 2017.

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 Ronald Lawrence, right, local chapter president and a founding member of 100 Black Men of Western Pennsylvania, stops to talks with Mack Nelson Jr., a Junior at Gateway HS of Monroeville. The summer camp, called InfoLink 100, is being held on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University.

Teens give up some summer to learn a lot of computer skills

The summer camp, called InfoLink 100, is part of an effort to cultivate computer skills in African-American students, ages 14 to 18.

4 days ago


Former North Catholic teacher sentenced for child sex abuse in Australia

Hartman taught science at North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh from 1986 to 1997, when he was abruptly removed by the Marianists.

5 days ago


 Chris Gregory, 10, works on a classroom as part of the Lego activity during a summer program being offered by the Montour School District.

Montour students pick up STEAM this summer

A one-week camp, free for Montour students in grades 3-12, offered programs in robotics, graphic design, Lego architecture and more.

5 days ago


Moon Area district considers solar panels to power schools

The school board is looking into generating enough electricity from district rooftops to provide about 70 percent of its energy needs.

5 days ago


Mt. Lebanon high school renovation on track to 2016 completion

Demolitions and rebuilding alike are underway at Mt. Lebanon High School, where renovations begun in 2012 will be complete by next summer.

5 days ago


North Allegheny superintendent Raymond Gualtieri steps down

Raymond Gualtieri helped improve low morale, lax security, and insufficient technology while working as superintendent since 2011.

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 Fox Chapel Area High School is under renovation, including the front entrance, which is being converted into a two-story vestibule.

Fox Chapel Area High School renovations on schedule

Students will return to a new entrance, refurbished restrooms, updated locker rooms, and a new kitchen.

5 days ago


  Jackie Jaros Jackie Jaros works at Deer Lakes Middle School as a counselor and student council adviser.

Deer Lakes educator Jackie Jaros honored for student council role

Jackie Jaros has been named the 2015 Warren E. Shull National Middle Level Advisor of the Year.

5 days ago


West school news: Carlynton, Montour, Moon Area, Sto-Rox, West Allegheny

School news from the Pittsburgh region’s west communities.

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School news: Fox Chapel, Mars Area, North Allegheny and more

School news from Pittsburgh region’s north communities.

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Schools focus on positive change with new program

Carlow University will host about 60 student leaders next month for a camp aimed at developing “student envoys.”

6 days ago


PA Cyber teachers get contract as Pennsylvania's only cyber union

Lon Valentine, president of the PA Cyber Education Association, said the 140 online instructors approved the deal earlier this month.

6 days ago


Philadelphia-area professor makes incendiary remarks about Jews, women, gays

The Anti-Defamation League calls the comments "deeply offensive and outrageous.“

5 days ago


Fire forces evacuation of Duquesne University dorm

The fire began at the Brottier Hall dormitory on Forbes Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

6 days ago


Pittsburgh board approves uniform policy for North Side school

Students at Pittsburgh King PreK-8 on the North Side will begin following a uniform dress policy this fall.

6 days ago


Talks continue on Wilkinsburg sending students to Pittsburgh schools

While no agreement has been reached talks are continuing and appear to be serious.

6 days ago


Federal judge approves lawyer evidence against indicted founder of PA Cyber Charter School

A judge disagreed with Nick Trombetta, accused of taking about $1 million, that evidence violated attorney-client privilege.

1 week ago


Moody's report rates some Pittsburgh area school distrcts as below investment grade

Nationwide, there are only 20 such districts, including the four -- McKeesport Area, East Allegheny, Penn Hills and Philadelphia -- in Pa.

1 week ago


Moon Area considers solar energy for schools

Superintendent Curt Baker said Moon Area would be the first district in the Pittsburgh area to have such a system.

1 week ago


PA Cyber Charter School cutting 43 jobs

Enrollment has declined from a peak of 11,500 in 2013 to about 10,000, according to the school.

1 week ago


 Vanessa Davis is a working board member at THRIVE Southwest Pennsylvania.

New independent LGBT group targets inclusivity in Pittsburgh schools

A new organization focused on support for LGBTQ students will continue work of GLSEN's Pittsburgh chapter.

1 week ago


 A+ Schools recommended the Pittsburgh school board focus its time on "setting direction and monitoring district progress rather than managing details of transactions and programs."

Room for improvement? Advocacy group gives Pittsburgh school board an overall grade of C+

The board's highest grade was a B+ in conduct; its lowest was a D+ in role clarity.

1 week ago


 Point Park's faculty voted 49-14 in 2004 to join the union.

Point Park drops legal challenge over faculty unionization effort

The university said Monday it will negotiate a first-ever contract with full-time faculty after a legal battle of more than 11 years.

1 week ago


 Dawayne Cooper, 8, takes notes after making some "soap bombs" at the Citizen Science Lab in the Lower Hill.

Citizen Science Lab offers a different kind of summer camp experience

The lab in the Lower Hill District holds weekly science camps at the Energy Innovation Center for kids to explore STEM careers.

1 week ago


 Dr. Yuan Chang

Pitt expert serving on panel for cancer study

Yuan Chang is a pathologist who specializes in cancers that are caused by viruses.

1 week ago


 A crowd gathers in February during a demonstration at Seneca Valley School District's annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair at the senior high school.

Study finds parents still don't understand STEM job opportunities

Alcoa Foundation survey shows many parents support science and technical education but have misperceptions about careers in those fields.

1 week ago


Authorities: CMU student was hacker who developed, sold malware

The malware designer who went by the name “Android” on Darkode was a CMU student who had designed Android apps since high school.

1 week ago


 David Mims, left, a fourth-grader at Propel Homestead, and Branden Panell, a fifth-grader at Woodland Hills Academy, work on a digital manipulation project Friday during one of many workshops held at the National Energy Technology Laboratory "My Brother's Keeper Day at the Lab" event. About 100 minority students from Pittsburgh regional, middle and high schools participated in the daylong event.

National lab hosts event for sake of science

The My Brother’s Keeper initiative, launched President Barack Obama, was created to help close the opportunity gaps of young men of color.

1 week ago


 The hike means a 2.5 percent increase for Pennsylvania residents at Pitt's main campus in Oakland.

Pitt board of trustees OKs tuition increase at main campus

There will be no tuition increase, however, for the university's four regional campuses.

1 week ago


 Helen Faison

Obituary: Helen Faison / Pioneering educator at Pittsburgh schools

Ms. Faison, a trailblazing African-American educator, died of natural causes Thursday at a nursing home in Forest Hills. She was 91.

1 week ago


Pensions listed as top reason for school tax increases in Hempfield district

Health benefits, special education and charter schools also are contributing to higher taxes in some suburban school districts.

1 week ago


Notables: St. Barnabas Health System, North Hills High School and more

The St. Barnabas Health System has a new director of development and North Hills students won top honors at a science competition.

1 week ago


 Students walk in front of the Old Main building on the Penn State campus in State College, Pa.

No tuition increase for in-state students at Penn State

University president Eric Barron called it “a historical 49-year tuition freeze.”

1 week ago


 Cheyeanne Perez, 17, of McKeesport, describes her research project to Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera at Duquesne University's Mellon Hall on Monday, July 13, 2015. She is part of Project SEED, a summer program for chemistry research that brings economically disadvantaged high school students to Duquesne labs.

Pennsylvania education secretary 'jumps into'' educational roundtable

Pedro Rivera paid a visit to the McKeesport Area School District and talked about school funding during a roundtable with district

1 week ago


 In this week’s Science journal, CMU's Tom Mitchell, pictured, and University of California-Berkeley professor Michael Jordan describe the state of the art in machine learning and speculate about where the field is headed.

CMU professor at forefront of machine learning research

Computers that teach themselves affect nearly every part of our lives, from finances to communication.

1 week ago


Report raises concerns about Braddock Hills charter school

A report released this week shows Standard & Poor’s Rating Services lowered the K-12 school’s financial outlook.

1 week ago


 Former Plum School Director Joseph Tommarello leaves the Dormont Municipal Building after testifying before an Allegheny County grand jury.

Former Plum school director testifies before grand jury

The grand jury is investigating whether some in the district were aware of relationships between students and teachers and didn’t report it.

1 week ago


First of 15 Chinese charged in test-taking scheme pleads guilty to conspiracy

Biyuan Li, 25, admitted that he paid $5,990 to a service in China to prepare a fake passport for him and have someone take a test for him.

1 week ago


Man, 35, arrested in Pitt campus assaults

Bochy Fu, 35, of Oakland was taken into custody late Tuesday and is charged with stalking, indecent assault and harassment, police say.

1 week ago


Senate approves measure to revamp No Child Left Behind

The Senate passed a revision of the controversial George W. Bush-ear No Child Left Behind education law.

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