A sign calling for prayer outside Umpqua Community College a day after the shooting there, in Roseburg, Ore.

Options for an active shooter: run, hide or fight

In the wake of a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, experts say action is sometimes needed.

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 Post-Gazette interns offer a reality check on college.

Reality Check: Fall 2015 Education Planning Guide

Post-Gazette summer 2015 interns offer a glimpse into what college is really like.

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 Brittany Meixner of Carrick holds a piece  she created that will be displayed at the “We Live Here” exhibit tonight at 21st Street Coffee and Tea in the Strip District. She titled the piece “Dragon in the Night.” Some of the artwork will be accompanied by audio recordings.

Strip District exhibit features artwork of homeless young adults

The exhibit is titled “We Live Here.” Pieces will be auctioned tonight at an event at 21st Street Coffee and Tea.

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 U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan walks to a town hall meeting on CMU's campus Sept. 18.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping down

Duncan says in a letter to staff that he's returning to Chicago to live with his family.

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 North Hills High School students participate in an astronomy class in the new digital immersion theater.

North Hills High School upgrades its planetarium

The school’s planetarium can take students worlds away or bring them right out of the front door.

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Elizabeth Forward School District to garnish wages of employees behind on taxes

About 12 employees of the district have been identified as owing back real estate taxes to the district.

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Osborne Elementary School’s gARTen Club receives program grants

The school in the Quaker Valley School District has received two grants worth nearly $9,000 to encourage education in and through the arts.

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In Wilkinsburg, these backpacks hold blessings

Each week, volunteers pack 550 bags of food to send home with Wilkinsburg students.

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Bethel Park students step up to kindness challenge

They heard a speaker from a group formed by the parents of Rachel Scott, who was killed in the Columbine High School shootings in 1999.

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Penn Hills schools struggling with student behavior

Administrators have had their hands full with issues ranging from dress code violations to destruction of school property and fighting.

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Sto-Rox changes security firms

The change in companies was mainly due to ongoing issues with staffing, Superintendent Terry DeCarbo said.

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West Jefferson Hills School Board suspends girls basketball coaches

The basketball coaches were suspended Sept. 23 over what one of them called “a parent issue.”

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 At Grinnell College, one former Post-Gazette intern continues to geek out about “The Lord of the Rings,” debate historical fine points and enjoy staying in with friends almost every weekend.

Finding a good college fit is a process

When choosing a college, it can help to look for a place that fits who you are now -- and who you want to become.

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 A flag flies from a building at New York University in 2012.

Disappointment can lead to the right college choice

Rejection at a big school and acceptance at a small liberal arts college turned out for the best.

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School news for Oct. 2, 2015: East Catholic, McKeesport Area, Penn Hills

School news from the Pittsburgh region’s east communities.

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Ask yourself what you truly want in college

It might take some time to find your place in college.

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School news: Montour, Moon Area, Propel Montour and South Fayette

School news from Pittsburgh region’s west communities.

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School news: Deer Lakes, Hampton, North Hills and more

School news from Pittsburgh region’s north communities.

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How to find a niche at a large university

In college, choose a group of people who will push you to be better.

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School news for Oct. 2, 2015: Bethel Park, Canon-McMillan, South Fayette, Upper St. Clair

School news from the Pittsburgh region’s south communities.

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Don't overlook a university because of its reputation

Do your own homework before choosing a college.

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Graduate school can offer a step up for students

Going back to school can help gain entry into the job market.

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College shouldn't come between you and your family

Nagging parents are sometimes hard to handle, but it can -- and it should -- be done.

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Eight tips to navigate college living

You can’t know everything, but you should be realistic about your college living situation.

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 A Penn State University student walks across campus in front of the Old Main Building in State College, Pa.

College is a chance to explore new ideas

Make sure college isn’t a second round of high school.

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 Many classes are discussion based, so participation is often part of students’ grades at Chatham University.

Women's college encourages students to speak up

Women can benefit from safe, collaborative environment.

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 The costs of parking and gasoline can add up quickly.

Having a car in college can be more work than you think

Costs of parking and repairs can add up.

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 Be brave enough to burn a few batches in the kitchen. That is one of the best ways you will learn.

Like cooking, patience is vital in college

A pinch of productivity, a smidgen of sensibility and a heap of hard work is part of the recipe for a rewarding college experience.

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Studying abroad can enhance the college experience

Research programs to find the most appropriate one.

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Liberal arts can build a sense of wonder

Liberal arts are still valuable, even though many schools emphasize the sciences.

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Develop college work ethic early

Find activities that interest you when you’re in high school.

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Homesickness a common part of college experience

Homesickness isn’t just limited to the freshman year.

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Utilize campus resources to stay in good mental health

Many campuses have found that the number of students with several psychological problems has increased.

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Healthy risk-taking is important in college

Fear of failure and desire to take risks can be in conflict.

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Don't hide behind ignorance in college

Educate yourself about other cultures.

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 "By the time I graduated, I had become an avid runner and got into the best shape of my life, performed spoken word poetry four times and even mustered the courage to go skydiving. Somehow, I had gained the confidence to do things I was [once] too apprehensive to try."

College is a time for growth for all

Atmosphere can challenge students to expand socially and intellectually.

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Asking questions can help in your selection of a college major

There’s no need to panic, but it’s better to answer the question sooner than later.

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Look beyond the differences in international students

It’s important to learn from those with varied backgrounds.

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Who you spend time with is an important consideration in college

Who else is engaged in your major or activity can make a difference.

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Control of life can be an illusion in college

The unexpected can be an opportunity for growth.

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Make your own community at college

Engage in activities -- but not just for the sake of doing them.

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Conference explores ties between ethics, religion and global warming

A group of about 250 gathered Thursday for the conference, “Integrity of Creation: Climate Change” at Duquesne University.

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 Wilkinsburg board president Ed Donovan said the district will likely know how many teachers will be furloughed by the end of the week.

Wilkinsburg considers fate of teachers

A draft agreement would allow Wilkinsburg teachers to apply for positions in Pittsburgh but would not guarantee them jobs.

2 days ago

 The building of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh on Boulevard of the Allies in Downtown.

EDMC lays off 115 faculty and staff positions at Art Institutes

The Pittsburgh for-profit education company confirmed that positions at “several” Art Institutes had been terminated.

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Penn Hills schools to borrow $20M in deal

The district finalized a $20 million loan from BNY Mellon Wednesday to cover its everyday operating expenses for the 2015-16 school year.

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Boeing to invest $7.5 million in Big Data initiative at Carnegie Mellon

Their partnership will begin with a $7.5 million investment from the company to start an analytics lab.

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CMU and Pitt move up in college rankings

Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and PSU earned prominent spots in the Times Higher Education World University

2 days ago

Pittsburgh Milliones student found carrying heroin to school

District officials said the 18-year-old student was found to be in possession of 13 packaged individual doses of heroin Monday.

3 days ago

Burchfield school in Shaler, Bentworth Middle School closed today

A water main break has forced the cancellation of classes at Burchfield Primary School in Shaler.

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 Statewide in grades 3-8, of the students taking the PSSA, 39.6 percent were proficient or advanced in math. In English language arts, it was 50 percent.

State PSSA test scores released

Many states have found significant drops in scores as the new standards were put into place.

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