The Kappa Delta Rho chapter at Penn State was shut down for three years after several incidents, including having an invitation-only Facebook with photos of nude, semi-nude and incapacitated female students.

Penn State, U. of Oklahoma differ on releasing fraternity disciplinary practices

PSU says releasing the discipline to fraternity members who posted nude photos of female students would violate federal privacy law.

about 7 hours ago

  Gov. Tom Wolf

House votes unanimously against state budget plan

But House Minority Leader Frank Dermody said the language the House rejected did not accurately reflect Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposals.

about 7 hours ago

 Randy Warner and Jose Gonzalez-Mora watch as CMU's CHIMP Robot prepares for the DARPA Robotics Challenge at the National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville on May 21.

CMU downplays personnel departures to Uber

"NREC remains one of the premier robotics facilities in the nation, with a bright future," CMU’s statement read.

about 9 hours ago

 If passed, the truancy bill would require charter and cyber charter school teachers and principals to report to their administrator if a child has missed three days without a valid excuse.

Cyber schools would have to check truancy under proposed Pennyslvania bill

The bill comes after three deaths of cyber school students who authorities believe were abused at home and never seen by school officials.

1 day ago

 Jill McKeever, a teacher at Pittsburgh Grandview K-5 in Mt. Washington won a classroom makeover, it gets new paint, furniture, shelves and a smartboard.

Grandview teacher uses award for an extreme classroom makeover

Grandview PreK-5 teacher Jill McKeever used her distinguished teacher award to improve the learning space for her reading students.

1 day ago

 The state Department of Education uses a School Performance Profile score for each public school.

Report: Many Allegheny County students lack access to ‘opportunity schools’

A study by the Pennsylvania Campaign for Achievement Now shows few schools in poor areas show high classroom achievement.

1 day ago

 Robert Ferrante is escorted into the courtroom in October.

Conviction was in error, Ferrante attorney says

Robert Ferrante, 66, was found guilty of first-degree murder on Nov. 7 of killing his wife, Autumn Klein, 41, in April 2013.

about 8 hours ago

 Republicans greeted Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal in March with concerns about the amount it would spend.

Privatization, budget, taxes on busy Pennsylvania lawmakers' agenda

Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders are looking at property tax, pension and liquor reforms as they try to pass a new budget by June 30.

1 day ago

 Nepalese schoolboy Jaswoba Chheakna, 4, talks with his father Sunday from the window of a school in Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

Wary children return to schools after Nepal earthquake

Children clutched their parents’ hands before filing past ruins of collapsed buildings to enter tarpaulin tents and makeshift cottages.

1 day ago

CMU student admits to setting fires throughout Oakland

Benjamin Perlin, 20, of Nashville, Tenn., said he was under the influence of a prescription drug and alcohol when he set fires last week.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy's Marnie Quick, best actress for the second consecutive year, performs with castmates of "Shout! The Mod Musical," which took the top musical prize in Budget Level I at the 25th annual Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater at the Benedum Center Saturday.

Kelly Awards mark 25th year honoring high school musicals

Pittsburgh Obama’s Marnie Quick wins second straight best actress honor; Woodland Hills and Obama both take prizes in six categories.

2 days ago

 Gertrude and John Petersen attended the Cathedral of Learning Society gala at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005.

Obituary: John M. Petersen | Pitt benefactor donated millions, namesake of ‘The Pete’

The late Pitt benefactor made his fortune as chief executive of the Erie Insurance Group. He later became involved in start-up companies.

1 day ago

Chinese national charged in test-taking scam released on bond in Boston

A magistrate released Siyuan Zhao on a $25,000 bond on GPS monitoring and ordered that he be sent to Pittsburgh to face trial.

2 days ago

Mercer County school district among 28 to win technology grant

The grant was announced today to help further support STEAM — science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics — projects.

3 days ago

 Some in the group of 15 are accused of posing as others to take the exams for a fee, sometimes up to $6,000.

Chinese national charged in test-taking scam to appear in Boston court

He was among a group of Chinese citizens in the U.S. and China named in an indictment brought by the U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh.

3 days ago

Rash of suspicious fires reported at Pitt

Campus police are searching for a suspect, who they described as a white male, about 5 feet 11 inches tall of medium build with shaggy hair.

3 days ago

Residents to appeal move toward gas drilling near Mars Area schools

Middlesex on Wednesday approved new zoning rules that open up more than 90 percent of the township for gas drilling and development.

4 days ago

Gateway School District may furlough at least five teachers

Declining enrollment and budget constraints are the reasons for the reduction

4 days ago

 Chris Patton, a senior at Sto-Rox High School, applies sealer to one of the Adirondack chairs.

Sto-Rox Students' Adirondack chairs to raise funds for teacher's son

Sto-Rox High School construction technology students built the chairs, which will be auctioned to benefit a boy who has Batten disease.

4 days ago

Board, administration comes under fire for sale of Penn Hebron school

Penn Hills plans to use the school building site for a new municipal building.

4 days ago

North Allegheny directors working to avoid tax increase

The board is expected to vote on the final budget June 24.

4 days ago

Low-income students in McKeesport to receive Bridge Foundation scholarships

The Bridge Foundation, U.S. Steel and elected officials donated $60,000 for low-income families to send their children to private schools.

4 days ago

Avonworth hires new assistant superintendent

An Avonworth High School principal will take on the new position of assistant superintendent.

4 days ago

 South Allegheny High School senior Seth Hitchens is shown parts of the laser cutter by J.D. Whitewolf of Red Ant Lasers.  The company is helping students build a laser cutter in teacher Doug Marino's technology education class.

South Allegheny students learn about laser cutters

A portable laser cutter should prove useful for a wide range of subjects at the high school.

4 days ago

Montour considers budget with no tax increase

The 2015-16 Montour School District Budget is proposed to be $61.466 million and does not call for a tax increase.

4 days ago

North Allegheny technology advisory committee urges adoption of 1-to-1 initiative

The committee recommended that students in middle and high school have laptops and elementary students have iPads.

4 days ago

 Madison Schratz and Lucas Carroll.

Canonsburg students among those selected for Nordenberg scholarship at Pitt

Two Canon-McMillan students have been named to the Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

4 days ago

Golf classic aims to raise money for South Fayette Foundation

The foundation has brought in $23,000 since 2010. The classic will be held July 13 at Southpointe Golf Club in Cecil.

4 days ago

Garden at Aiken school in Green Tree promotes healthy lifestyle

Students helped to plant the garden and are learning how to care for the plants.

4 days ago

School news: Fox Chapel, Hampton, North Allegheny and more

School news from Pittsburgh region’s north communities.

4 days ago

 Alex Arch, 16, of Keystone Oaks, shares a laugh during a prom for special needs students Wednesday inside the Grand Ballroom at the William Penn Hotel.

Pittsburgh special needs students dance the morn away at daytime prom

More than 150 students from 13 area high schools crowded the dance floor Wednesday morning.

5 days ago

 Prosecutors aren’t saying how many students benefited from the alleged college test-taking scheme.

Pittsburgh authorities indict 15 Chinese in college test-taking scheme

Prosecutors said the defendants, including two living in Pittsburgh, defrauded Educational Testing Services and the College Board.

4 days ago

 There are cheers all around when second-grade students get the right answer in a time-telling exercise at Pittsburgh's Lincoln PreK-5 School.

More than 90 percent of Pa. school districts submit plans for increased funds

Plans show 197 of them would use additional funding to expand high-quality early childhood education and full-day kindergarten.

4 days ago

 First-graders Davaisha Bush, left, and Miranda Diggs react as their names are called during the United Way Be There 30-Day Challenge ceremony honoring students' attendance at Pittsburgh Faison K-5 in June. Faison K-5 is one of five priority schools in Pittsburgh that received federal School Improvement Grants.

Public asked to comment on improvement plans for some Pittsburgh schools

The school improvement plans are required of certain schools in the federal Title 1 program.

4 days ago

 This March 17, photo shows The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house at Penn State University in State College.

Penn State frat's national office says it respects suspension

Fraternity says it looks forward to working with the university to "effectuate improvements in the Greek system on campus."

5 days ago

 Teachers, parents and students march in September at the entry to the East Allegheny school campus on Jacks Run Road. Teachers were on strike for 16 days earlier this school year.

East Allegheny teachers reject arbitrator's decision, weigh options

The union said members voted Wednesday to reject the determination made by arbitrator William Miller in final best-offer arbitration.

4 days ago

Ex-South Allegheny teacher to stand trial on charges of inappropriate contact with students

Authorities said the students were 12 and 17 at the time of the alleged incidents.

4 days ago

 Drew Zoldak, suspended as a teacher at Plum Senior High School, center, listens as his attorney, Alexander H. Lindsay Jr., right, speaks to the media following Mr. Zoldak's preliminary hearing this morning in Plum. At left is Mr. Zoldak's wife. He was held for trial on two counts of intimidating a victim in a sexual assault involving another teacher at the high school.

Plum teacher held for trial over intimidating sex scandal witness

Drew Zoldak, 40, is charged with intimidating one of his students, who is alleged to be the victim of sexual assault by another teacher.

5 days ago

 Former Penn State University head football coach Bill O’Brien was the institution’s top compensated employee in 2013, making $3.4 million

Ex-football coach O’Brien was Penn State’s top money earner in 2013

Bill O’Brien earned total compensation of $3,440,352 in his final year at Penn State.

5 days ago

 Mary Mayberry, center, who teaches at Mon Valley School, joins other teachers, parents and supporters marching Wednesday outside the Allegheny Intermediate Unit building at The Waterfront to protest reported cuts in staff.

AIU vote to cut 20 special education jobs draws criticism

The cuts will affect three centers: Sunrise in Monroeville, Mon Valley in Jefferson Hills and Pathfinder in Bethel Park.

5 days ago

Pittsburgh school board names chief of safety

The board named George Brown, who has been serving as acting chief of school safety, as its chief of school safety.

5 days ago

Pittsburgh school board OKs $2 million in contracts

The contracts are aimed at keeping Empowering Effective Teachers program and other initiatives going when grant money runs out.

5 days ago

Sale of vacant Penn Hills school criticized

Penn Hills school board members and administrators are drawing sharp criticism for the sale of the former Penn Hebron elementary school.

5 days ago

 Gretchen Shipley, a San Diego attorney who has created a practice around education and technology, said there have always been student-teacher relationships, but it's been a more of a growing problem because of social media and "the ease with which you can talk with each other.”

School districts tighten social media contacts among teachers, students

Teacher-student sex scandals in Plum and elsewhere have prompted a review of the use of social media and texting by educators.

1 week ago

 The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity at Penn State.

Penn State fraternity stripped of recognition, shut down for three years

The decision against the Kappa Delta Rho chapter was based on “a persistent series of deeply troubling activities.”

6 days ago

 Plum superintendent Timothy Glasspool

Plum School District creates safety committee

The school board took a step to try to prevent inappropriate relationships between staff and students.

6 days ago

 Using a graphic novel theme, Carnegie Mellon University students have developed a game called "Decisions that Matter" that focuses on the choices bystanders make when a sexual assault might take place. This is a frame from the game.

CMU interactive 'game' focuses on sex assault bystanders

The game puts the player in the scene as a bystander at a sex assault, allows them to make decisions and then has different outcomes.

1 week ago

 This is not partisanship. This is simple good sense,” Gov. Tom Wolf said.

Governor ties early childhood education to crime prevention

The governor says a $120 million increase for early childhood education would boost graduation rates, reduce prison population.

6 days ago

 Aniya Mike, at front, a Steel City Squash student from St. Benedict the Moor School in the Hill District, gets instruction at Chatham University from Kathryn Brummer, a tutor/coach visiting from CitySquash in New York City. Bianca Troche, left, is a CitySquash student from Aquinas High School in the Bronx.

Steel City Squash: The path to college runs through a squash court

The new Pittsburgh program mixes athletic training with academic rigor to give inner-city students a gateway to graduation.

1 week ago

 Peter Walker, Dean of Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability, leads a tour of the hoophouse, where students grow a variety of vegetables year-round, on Eden Hall campus in Richland Township.

Chatham's North Hills campus readies for first students this fall

A flexible master plan has allowed a relatively small school to sustainably develop nearly 400 acres of farmland in Richland Township.

1 week ago