Education


 Qualyn Meade, 20, is a rising sophomore who says Cheyney University gave him a chance to thrive and succeed.

Cheyney University faces enrollment, financial problems

The historically black college in the state system faces declining enrollment and weak finances. Its supporters see decades of underfunding.

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More CCAC students need remedial classes

CCAC data for the high school class of 2014 showed 78 percent of students from throughout the county needed at least one remedial class..

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 David King, left, and his attorney Matthew Heron at the Debt Doctors office on Penn Avenue on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Mr. King, of Leetsdale, has turned to Mr. Heron, a bankruptcy lawyer, to help him manage his student debt while supporting his family.

Student loan debtors using Chapter 13 bankruptcy to buy time on payments

Bankruptcy is an option, but often only a temporary fix for people facing large monthly bills.

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 Woodland Hills High School

Woodland Hills recognized for discipline policies

The superintendent and members of the staff were chosen to participate in a day-long White House school discipline summit.

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Federal government to make inmates eligible for Pell grants

In 1994, Congress amended the Higher Education Act to eliminate Pell Grant eligibility for inmates in federal and state prison.

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New restrooms to be installed at Steel Valley's Park Elementary

At their meeting Monday, the Steel Valley School District approved new restrooms that will be more accessible to students with disabilities.

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 John Turchek is a professor of computer and information systems at RMU.

Newsmaker you should know / IBM bestows faculty award on Robert Morris professor

This is the second time John Turchek has received the honor, which grants him $40,000 to spend at the university.

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Genealogy courses at La Roche College attract people from all over the U.S.

More than 160 people from all over the country and Canada gathered last week at La Roche College to learn about genealogy.

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West school news: Montour, Moon Area, South Fayette, Sto-Rox

School news from Pittsburgh region’s west communities.

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 The Pennsylvania School Boards Association supports a delay in using the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement.

Testing under scrutiny in Pennsylvania House hearing

A panel heard hours of testimony raising concerns about testing requirements.

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 Alan Lesgold has been at Pitt since 1971.

Longtime Pitt education dean will step down

Alan Lesgold worked to increase collaborations between the school and Pitt’s Learning Research and Development Center.

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 A 1927 version of "The Everyday Song Book", part of the University of Pittsburgh's Special Collections, is the "smoking-gun" evidence that the 1893 ditty "Happy Birthday to You" should be free for public use and not subject to copyright restrictions, lawyers say.

Pitt library songbook key to lawsuit over ‘Happy Birthday’ rights

A songbook found at Pitt shows that “Happy Birthday” isn’t copyrighted, lawyers say, calling it the “smoking gun” in a long legal dispute.

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 The new AIU Latino Family Center in Hazelwood opens July 29, 2015.

Latino Family Center relocates to Hazelwood

The Latino Family Center triples its size in its new Hazelwood home and hopes to serve more families as the Latino population grows.

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WVU announces its selection for global collegiate solar house competition

WVU is among 17 teams selected to travel to Irvine, Calif., for the Solar Decathalon competition Oct. 8 to 18.

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 The first time Joseph Ruggieri was charged with witness intimidation was March 13.

Plum teacher held for trial on second set of charges involving female student

Police say Joseph Ruggieri, 40, of Plum, ignored a court order to not contact his alleged victim not once but twice.

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First student to plead in Chinese test-taking scandal deported

"I wasted a lot of time and money for my stupid decision," Biyuan Li, 25, told U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  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.

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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.”

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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.

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

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

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Fire forces evacuation of Duquesne University dorm

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

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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.

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Talks continue on Wilkinsburg sending students to Pittsburgh schools

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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