Education


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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Gateway School District may furlough at least five teachers

Declining enrollment and budget constraints are the reasons for the reduction

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 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.

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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.

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North Allegheny directors working to avoid tax increase

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

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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.

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Avonworth hires new assistant superintendent

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

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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

School news from Pittsburgh region’s north communities.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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."

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 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.

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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 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.”

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 Math teacher Ro Casciato, center, goes over a calculus problem in class at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School on May 19. Working with her are juniors Dawill Holc, 17, and Sofia Vidic, 17. Seeing the class was part of a tour to show how Gates grant money was being used to improve the learning environment. At left is senior Nadeem Demian, 17.

Pittsburgh schools to get less than $78 million in announced grants

Strict rules on spending grant money limit its use. “I think the money enabled us to try some different things,” said the union leader.

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 Mary King, an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Pittsburgh Colfax K-8 refuses to give state standardized tests in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh teacher stands alone by refusing to give tests

Mary King, an English as second language teacher at Pittsburgh Colfax K-8, drew attention when she refused to give the PSSA tests.

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Plum teachers investigation kept private

Judge denies WPXI's request for Plum documents.

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Shaler school officials to review security protocol

A custodian found what appeared to be an explosive device last Sunday, but school security personnel didn’t find out about it until

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 Michael Victor, shown here, as the 12th president of the Catholic-affiliated liberal arts university located in Erie, Pa.

Mercyhurst University names new president

Michael Victor is Mercyhurst University’s new leader, having most recently served as president of Lake Erie College.

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 Search warrants served on the district Tuesday sought student and staff records dating to 2007.

Grand jury hears evidence in Plum High sex inquiry

The grand jury is looking into whether administrators and staff members knew of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.

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 Penn State president Eric Barron

Penn State's president puts fraternity life under microscope

PSU president Eric Barron wants the university to raise the stakes for fraternities to model better behavior.

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 Xiaoxing Xi, chairman of Temple University’s physics department.

Temple U. suspends professor accused of selling sensitive information to China

Xi Xiaoxing, 47, a former professor at Penn State, was awarded a Defense Department grant in 2004 to purchase the device for research.

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Complaints shorten Common Core tests

The testing should be shortened by 90 minutes next year.

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 Gerald "Jerry" Costanzo has published more than 400 poems, articles and literary essays as well as seven of his own poetry collections.

Newsmaker you should know / CMU professor knew his calling as a child

Gerald “Jerry” Costanzo teaches English at the university and also is founding director of Carnegie Mellon University Press.

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Ex-Pittsburgh superintendent Roosevelt named president-elect of St. John's College in N.M.

Earlier this month, Mr. Roosevelt announced that he was leaving the presidency of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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Mt. Lebanon approves teacher contract extension, budget with tax hike

Taxes will increase by 0.40 mills; the contract extension provides for a raise of 3.17 percent per year.

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 Residents walk past a sign outside a polling station in Bellevue against the legalization of alcohol sales in the borough. Residents voted Tuesday on the ballot question to legalize alcohol.

North election roundup: Bellevue lifts ban on alcohol sales; Save NA Schools group wins seats

Former Mars Area superintendent William Pettigrew also was nominated to a seat on that board. He retired in 2013 after 26 years in the job.

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