Ron Tomalis

Pennsylvania senator calls for inquiry of education adviser

Former secretary of education Ron Tomalis was appointed special adviser in June 2013, but was permitted to keep his cabinet-level salary.

about 8 hours ago

 Sen. Joe Manchin, left, D-W.Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., speak to the press in the U.S. Capitol building in April about background checks for gun purchases. The pair’s proposal was ultimately rejected, but their new bipartisan compromise requires more background checks for public school employees.

Bill would require school background checks

Congress may find it easier to require background checks for teachers than for weapons purchasers.

about 7 hours ago

Notices of possible faculty layoffs go out at five of Pa's 14 state-owned universities

The professor cuts, if they happen, would occur at the close of the 2014-15 academic year. Possible numbers have not been decided.

1 day ago

Temple making standardized tests optional

Temple University announced it will move to test-optional admissions, the first public research university in the Northeast to do so.

1 day ago

Police investigating CMU student found on dorm roof

The 23-year-old female student was taken to UPMC Presbyterian, where she is being treated for back injuries and two broken ankles.

2 days ago

PHEAA warns of rise in financial aid scams

As state financial aid application deadlines approach, scammers are targeting college students and families.

3 days ago

State board reverses Sto-Rox school board's denial of Propel charter

The board unanimously approved the charter school application on the condition that a legally compliant school building is constructed.

2 days ago

 The Wilkinsburg school board hired Daniel Matsook as the district's acting superintendent.

Wilkinsburg school board hires acting superintendent

The board hired Daniel Matsook as the district's acting superintendent, making him the third person since March to hold the title.

2 days ago

Lack of funding leaves void in mentoring, academic services

The Delany Scholars Program, a district initiative that provided mentoring and academic help, ended last month when funding ran out.

4 days ago

 Actors dressed as Russian soldiers re-enact the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg Sunday in Szkotowo, Poland, marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

Changing times draw scant notice to WWI milepost

American students don‘‍t know much about World War I even though teachers are trying.

4 days ago

 Ron Tomalis

Role remains ambiguous for Tom Corbett's higher education adviser, Ron Tomalis

The governor's adviser on higher education keeps a low profile and an open schedule.

5 days ago

 Marques Duncan  wears his helmet and safety glasses as he works on a desk at the Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters and TechShop in Robinson.

Students at Emsworth school build their own desks

Project develops skills and work ethic for Holy Family Academy students.

1 week ago

Pittsburgh school board rejects charter school expansion at Frick Park

The board rejected plans by the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park that would have cost the district as much as $11 million a year.

1 week ago

 Jesse Andrews, Pittsburgh native and author of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," met with a group of students and recent graduates in the backyard of teacher Joe Ehman: "Writing is more important than being a writer."

Students gather to learn and laugh with novelist and Schenley grad Jesse Andrews

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” author Jesse Andrews met last week with students and faculty from Obama Academy and Schenley High School.

1 week ago

Pittsburgh school board sets priorities for superintendent

The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools tonight set four performance priorities for Superintendent Linda Lane for 2014-15.

1 week ago

Personnel changes at Pittsburgh Public Schools

The board made  leadership changes, including accepting the retirement of Mary Jane Conley, executive director of special education.

1 week ago

Student conduct code pulled from Pittsburgh school board agenda

The administration removed proposed revisions to the Code of Student Conduct from the agenda of the board of Pittsburgh Public Schools.

1 week ago

 Crew member Jim Ledoux puts a microphone on actor Patch Twigger, who is participating in the Joey Travolta Short Film Camp at Winchester Thurston School in Shadyside. The camp is an inclusive program for teens and adults with autism spectrum disorders.

Travolta Film Camp helps pre-teens and adults get ready for their close-up

The summer camp, led by writer/director Joey Travolta, teaches those with autism spectrum disorders about communication and collaboration.

1 week ago

Proposed changes in Pittsburgh schools' student conduct code emphasize progressive and positive discipline

The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools will vote Wednesday on revisions that replace zero tolerance with more discretion.

1 week ago

Parents, directors want to reopen discussion of school merger in Moon

The public was blocked from speaking at the first meeting after the motion was amended, and again at a June 30 meeting.

1 week ago

West Mifflin to sue over Duquesne students' costs

West Mifflin contends the state pays it more than $4,000 per student less for educating students from Duquesne than for its own students.

1 week ago

Poor teens’ health may benefit from top schools

Risky health behavior including binge-drinking, unsafe sex and use of hard drugs was less common among these kids, a study found.

1 week ago

Moon votes to close Hyde Elementary

Board members, ignoring the protests of a furious parents, voted Monday night to close R. Hyde Elementary School in an effort to save money.

1 week ago

Tuition rising 3.9 percent at Pitt's main campus

The U.S. Department of Education for the second consecutive year ranked Pitt as the nation‘‍s priciest public university for tuition, just

1 week ago

MRSA case confirmed at Northgate Junior-Senior High School

A third-party specialty cleaning and decontamination crew will begin work on the building Friday or Monday.

1 week ago

 The Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland.

University of Pittsburgh approves 3.9 percent tuition increase

Trustees approved increases of 3.9% for main campus students and 2% for the school's regional campuses for the 2014-15 academic year.

1 week ago

Injunction sought against closure of Moon's Hyde Elementary, merger with Cornell

The group’s attorney, Jack Cambest, said the litigants believe the Sunshine Act was violated during the voting process.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania Department of Education says Rosslyn Farms must remain part of Carlynton district

The ruling upholds the department's May 2013 decision.

1 week ago

Pittsburgh school board appoints 3 principals

The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools appointed three principals.

2 weeks ago

West Mifflin Schools vote to sue department of education, state

The West Mifflin Area School District believes it should be entitled to for educating about 260 Duquesne City School District students.

2 weeks ago

Governors group skirts 'radioactive' Common Core

The controversial standards have critics on the right and the left.

2 weeks ago

College graduates sorting themselves into elite cities

As returns to education have increased, geographic segregation of the most educated workers has, too, says a Stanford University economist.

2 weeks ago

No practicing on patients: New doctors get boot camp

Medical schools and hospitals run crash courses in the basics for new interns.

2 weeks ago

 Jerry Sandusky

PSU trustees asked to reopen Freeh report

Moving such a resolution to an action authorized by the board will require significant legwork.

2 weeks ago

 Richard Rauh

Patron of the arts Richard Rauh pledges to Pitt scholarship fund

Actor and University of Pittsburgh alumnus Richard E. Rauh pledged $75,000 as the first donor to a new matching funds scholarship campaign.

2 weeks ago

 The Old Main building on the Penn State campus.

Penn State trustees debate changes to board

The trustees are discussing their own set of changes that could be recommended and voted on by September.

3 weeks ago

State Department of Education secures private funding for governor's schools

Expectation is that each of the three schools will match $150,000 amount, a spokesman said.

2 weeks ago

Science, tech, engineering and math degree gets you a job, but not in your field

Census finds those with a bachelor‘‍s degree in so-called STEM fields are more likely to get work, but not in those occupations.

3 weeks ago

 Matt Hill, left, of Taylor Allderdice High School, and Veronica Hickman, of Brashear High School, recipients of Hope Through Learning for Homeless Youth, share a laugh while Joe Lagana, Founder and CEO of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund makes the announcement Thursday at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquairum.

Scholarships help them move from homelessness to campus

The scholarships, presented at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, are intended for students who are or have been homeless in the area.

3 weeks ago

Penn Hills school board approves short term tax loan

The loan will allow the district to borrow cash on a short-term basis to help pay operating expenses through July.

3 weeks ago

 The tuition increase will impact full-time, undergraduate, in-state students enrolled at the 14 State System universities, including California, Clarion, Edinboro, Indiana and Slippery Rock.

State System students will have to pay $198 more in tuition

The State System of Higher Education approved a 3 percent increase bringing the tuition total to $6,820 for the academic year.

3 weeks ago

Pittsburgh Schools dials in on modern telephone system

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ move to new phones is expected to increase parent contact with teachers and save money.

3 weeks ago

Wilkinsburg cuts position of middle school principal

The school board eliminated the position and approved curriculum writing stipends for high school faculty creating new courses.

3 weeks ago

Suit: Penn State blocked fair election

Jess Stairs filed a notice Tuesday in Centre County that he intends to sue Penn State, along with trustees Keith Masser and Betsy Huber.

3 weeks ago

President wants needy schools to get good teachers

President Barack Obama will mandate state plans for assure quality teachers in high-need schools.

3 weeks ago

Moon schools eager to talk merger with Cornell

The idea of a merger or of Cornell students attending Moon was studied in 1992 and 1998, but nothing happened.

3 weeks ago

Proposed budget has few increases for education in Pennsylvania

Despite slight increases in targeted funding, the pending state education budget mostly holds funding flat.

3 weeks ago

 Doctoral candidate Terrance Hudson leads a "Becoming a teacher leader" workshop at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Program aims to attract black males into teaching

Less than 2 percent of teachers in the U.S. are African-American males, according to Robert Millward, education professor at IUP.

3 weeks ago

School to offer jobs for students

Holy Family Academy's work-study plan will give its students work experience and a chance to offset tuition costs.

3 weeks ago

Brashear, volunteers to launch mentor program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh will connect 120 ninth-graders at Brashear with college-educated mentors.

3 weeks ago


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