Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture

The former football players’ lawyers have sought to put the elite southern university on trial for warping the young men’s judgment.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane talks to the audience Thursday at "Looking Ahead to Summer" at Pittsburgh Faison K-5 in Homewood.

Pittsburgh's Summer Dreamers program aims to bridge gap of summer

The summer program, backed with $1.5 million in funding, helps children from low-income families bridge the gap between school years.

2 days ago

West Mifflin Area School District, teachers approve new contract

The new contract slows down teacher pay increases for teachers moving through the salary schedule and freezes the top pay for three years.

1 day ago

 Indiana University of Pennsylvania senior Amy Haller, 21, of Bellevue, left, studies with a friend over the phone at Commonplace Coffee in Indiana, Pa.

Some IUP students face double-digit tuition increases under new plan

Once fully phased in, the program is expected to generate $8.2 million in additional revenue, officials said.

2 days ago

Cal U president search to begin soon, board chair says

Interim Cal U President Geraldine Jones has served since the May 2012 firing of Angelo Armenti Jr.

2 days ago

 A male teenager was shot near Wilkinsburg High School on Wednesday night.

Wilkinsburg schools seek police presence after shooting

A teenage boy was shot outside the school after a basketball game against Propel Andrew Street High School in Munhall.

2 days ago

Could field trips make a comeback in Montour?

School board is discussing a return to student field trips, a line trimmed from the budget several years ago to save money.

3 days ago

 Colleen Tortorella

Gateway High school counselor named one of top 16 in U.S.

Colleen Tortorella was selected as a semifinalist for counselor of the year and will attend a recognition dinner in Washington.

3 days ago

Chartiers Valley High a finalist for national STEM award

The school district has taken steps to improve science, technology, engineering and math training in curriculum across the board.

3 days ago

Talks on Moon Area-Cornell merger await new state government

Moon Area School District officials approached Cornell School District officials in June to discuss possibly combining the districts.

3 days ago

 Christian Farls, 12, a student at Providence Heights Alpha School in McCandless, nervously watches as his Alpha Bots team's robot performs a series of tasks during the Lego robotics competition at La Roche College in McCandless.

Lego robotics competition at La Roche College challenges kids

Worldwide, there are more than 25,000 Lego league teams in approximately 80 countries.

3 days ago

 Keiterez Bynum

Students starting to 'warm up' to Sto-Rox coordinator of student success

Keiterez Bynum says he’s excited to go to work and hopes to make students excited to come to school.

3 days ago

 Hannah Bumgarner and Emma Buerger raised $8,000 for ALS research.

Mt. Lebanon swimmers raise $8,000 for ALS research

Hannah Bumgarner and Emma Buerger, members of the Mt. Lebanon High School swim team, organized a swim-a-thon in the fall.

3 days ago

 Upper St. Clair High School team members posing with their award. From left: Nymisha Rameswarapu, Michael Nastac, Christina Park, Mrs. Pat Palazzolo, Gaurav Bhushan, Akshay Prasadan and Vidhi Shah.

'A Look Inside': Upper St. Clair students' mobile app declared a winner

Six gifted juniors from the high school are competing in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.

3 days ago

 Dan Connolly , a senior at North Hills, paddles his way on the first lap of a race at the school's pool.

Ahoy! Sail across pool tests STEM skills at North Hills

Transportation construction class brings lessons in science, technology, math and engineering to satisfying, soggy conclusion.

3 days ago

 Jenn Watenpool teaches physical elementary at Aiken Elementary.

Aiken Elementary physical education teacher keeps kids moving

Jenn Watenpool, who teaches in the Keystone Oaks School District, has been inducted into the “Fuel Up to Play 60” Hall of Fame.

3 days ago

Computer initiative moves to Mars Area Centennial School

School board approves $75,078 contract to provide 660 laptop computers to Mars Area Middle School for three years.

3 days ago

 Students study on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

IUP wants to charge full-time students per credit

If approved, the change would occur this fall as a two-year pilot program subject to regular review by university.

3 days ago

Sprout grant funds student collaboration on water issues

$13,500 will enable students from four high schools to develop a problem-solving product ahead of the Water Design Challenge in March.

3 days ago

Pressley Ridge offer to buy Seville school declined

Unpopular offer to buy Seville school is declined, as North Hills School District prepares to redistrict some elementary pupils.

3 days ago

North school news: Fox Chapel Area magazine honored

School news from Pittsburgh region’s north communities.

3 days ago

South Fayette foundation to hold musical fundraiser

The South Fayette Foundation for Excellence raises money to enhance the school district curriculum beyond what the basic budget provides.

3 days ago

Woodland Hills schools’ restructuring plan goes forward

The district’s “Plan for Excellence,” unveiled in September, was approved at Wednesday night’s legislative meeting.

3 days ago

Recognition given to Pittsburgh school board members

It was recognition all around at the start of the Pittsburgh Public Schools board meeting tonight.

3 days ago

Woodland Hills board frustrates residents

Board directors sought public comment during a packed meeting at the administrative building.

4 days ago

Pittsburgh school board sets homestead exclusion rate for 2015

The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools tonight set the homestead/farmstead exclusion for 2015 at nearly the same amount as in 2014.

3 days ago

 James Rohr

James Rohr to chair CMU's board of trustees

Mr. Rohr was instrumental in establishing the PNC Center for Financial Services Innovation and a PNC Professorship in Finance at CMU.

4 days ago

 Project scientist Matt Travers, center, 32, and Simon Kalouche, 23, a graduate school student of Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, operate different robots while Howie Choset, left, Biorobotics lab director looks on on Wednesday.

CMU innovation means robots can be quickly customized

Although not particularly monstrous or snakelike, CMU’s new Snake Monster robot is an innovative step forward in modular robotics.

5 days ago

 Point Park University police Sgt. Nick Black's utility belt includes a Taser and a sidearm, and his uniform includes a bulletproof vest and a tourniquet.

Public, private colleges beefing up campus security forces

Most of the officers are authorized to carry an array of weapons, including firearms and pepper spray, a Justice Department report said.

3 days ago

 Donald E. Boyer

Montour probe finds official had 2nd job, was OK’d by superintendent

The board authorized the investigation after it could not get satisfactory answers about an administrator’s status with the district.

5 days ago

 “I’ve met so many great, amazing people that made me feel at home right away," Monika Gibson says of Pittsburgh.

Odysseys: Polish-born architect builds new life in Pittsburgh

Monika Gibson and her husband, Matt, moved from Warsaw to Pittsburgh in August 2006 so Matt could attend culinary school.

6 days ago

 Clay birds made by children sit Sunday at the Children’s Museum on the North Side.

Pittsburgh-area kids embrace Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy through 'Many Hands' project

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Union Project host an innovative way to teach youth about the civil rights leader.

6 days ago

 According to a study being published today in the journal Pediatrics, children and adolescents consume more calories on days when they eat pizza.

How unhealthy really is pizza for children?

A national pediatric report points to pizza as the latest culprit in contributing to obesity among children.

6 days ago

 Pedro Rivera

Lancaster schools head tapped to join Cabinet

Mr. Wolf also announced that former state representative Kathy Manderino is his pick to lead the Department of Labor & Industry.

5 days ago

Poverty takes front seat in U.S. public schools

For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families.

1 week ago

 Penn State University President Eric J. Barron speaks Friday after Penn State trustees voted to accept a proposed settlement of a lawsuit between the NCAA and state  officials as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. At left is trustee Kathleen L. Casey. At right is chairman of the trustees, Keith Masser.

Proposed NCAA deal would restore football wins for Penn State, Joe Paterno

The new deal would direct a $60 million fine to address child abuse be spent within Pennsylvania and would resolve the lawsuit.

1 week ago

 Penn State's president is proposing a tuition freeze at eight Commonwealth campuses next year, including most in Western Pennsylvania. His proposal does not mention tuition plans for the main University Park campus, above.

Tuition freeze proposed for PSU branch campuses

The plan also would limit increases to 1.8 percent or 2.4 percent at 11 locations statewide, not including the main University Park campus.

1 week ago

 Curtiss Porter

Pittsburgh education officer leaves post after 1 year

Curtiss Porter had worked as Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief education and neighborhood reinvestment officer since January 2014

1 week ago

North Hills school board rejects Pressley Ridge offer to buy Seville

The vote to reject the offer was 7-0.

1 week ago

 Police on the scene where a Temple University student fell eight stories while taking photographs from a dorm room Thursday night.

Temple University student dies in fall from dorm; pedestrian hurt

The younger woman was transported by medics to the hospital with severe head trauma and was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m.

1 week ago

Woodland Hills voting system that allows for appointees is overturned

School district constituents will now elect three representatives from each voting region; the change takes effect immediately.

1 week ago

 Kathy Humphrey served nine years as vice provost and dean of students.

Pitt vice provost promoted to post focusing on business engagement

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher appointed Kathy Humphrey, to senior vice chancellor for engagement and chief of staff, effective immediately.

1 week ago

Mt. Lebanon school board expects preliminary budget vote Monday

The $91.9 million spending plan calls for a 0.66-mill property tax increase.

1 week ago

Company's presentation gives details on Norwin STEM Center

The new plan for a science, technology, engineering and math center would include glassed-in entrances at the north side of the building.

1 week ago

McKeesport students 'solve' crime to learn about prohibition

McKeesport Area High School teacher Brian Tharp re-enacted the 1932 killings of  local brothers who worked in the illegal alcohol trade.

1 week ago

 The SchoolWATCH feature provides financial information for traditional public school districts, charter and cyber charters and career and technology centers.

New state website provides financial data on school districts, teacher salaries

The information, called SchoolWATCH function, is available as a new feature of the Pennsylvania School Performance Profiles.

1 week ago

Woodland Hills' controversial school reorganization plan rejected

District superintendent Alan Johnson unveiled the plan at a news conference in September.

1 week ago

New website helps educators deal with grieving students

The Coalition to Support Grieving Students launched on Tuesday.

1 week ago

 WVU's sanctions against fraternities and sororities were put in place after an 18-year-old student died Nov. 14 after an incident at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house. His cause of death still has not been released.

WVU fraternities, sororities allowed to resume some activities

Greek activity at the university was curtailed after two incidents in November, including one in which a fraternity pledge later died.

1 week ago

Water main break closes Baker Elementary in Upper St. Clair

The district said the school is expected to reopen with regular hours Thursday.

1 week ago


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