Education


 On the assessment tests, math fell from 79.9 percent in 2011 to 73.3 percent in 2014, a drop of 6.6 percentage points.

Pennsylvania student scores declined with reduced funding, test results show

State test results decline for all students and some subgroups, including economically disadvantaged and special education students.

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Duquesne teachers' contract approved; pay not tied to student performance

In 2013-14 and 2014-15, teachers who have earned a satisfactory evaluation will move up one step on the pay scale.

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 Point Park University has pledged to Mayor Bill Peduto that it will “incorporate” three turn-of-the-century Forbes Avenue facades into the design of the new Pittsburgh Playhouse in Downtown.

Point Park, city plan to preserve historic facades at new playhouse

Preservation groups, meanwhile, are considering nominations of three Forbes Avenue buildings featuring the facades for historic status.

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Six WVU fraternity brothers cited for hazing in connection with Nov. 6 incident

Police say the event involved underage drinking followed by dropping off 19 drunk underage pledges in a residential neighborhood.

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Obamacare provision challenged in court

Geneva College in Beaver Falls and the Catholic dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie won the initial rounds of cases.

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 School board representative Regina Holley speaks during a rally forcommunity schools today in Oakland.

Demonstrators rally in Oakland to support community schools across U.S.

About two dozen people attended the rally, which was part of a week of action under the national Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools.

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 Clarion University's multi-purpose Student Recreation Center includes basketball courts, rock climbing wall and weight room, and inside track and elliptical machines.

Clarion University expanding athletic offereings

University hopes the added women’s offerings bring it closer to addressing a Title IX discrimination complaint.

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 President Barack Obama recognized Pittsburgh educators Wednesday at a White House education summit.

Pittsburgh educators immersed in Obama’s technology initiative

They were among 100 school systems highlighted as examples for the rest of the country.

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 Mt. Lebanon High School's profile score of 99.3 was the second highest in Allegheny County.

Economics a factor in results of School Performance Profiles

Wealthier districts performed better, while poorer districts were on the low end of the ratings.

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Pa. Supreme Court: $500K limit proper for girl run over by school bus

State law makes most governmental entities immune from civil liability but permits damages of up to $500,000 for motor vehicle accidents.

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 Remy McIntyre , a junior at Wilkinsburg High School, hands her phone and earphones to Jan Visk , the school nurse, to be filed while attending school.

At Wilkinsburg High, reading, writing and ... confiscating phones?

Administrators at Wilkinsburg Middle/High School take students’ phones at the beginning of the day and return them at the end.

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 First-grader Konrad Grossheim stacks buckets Thursday during a fast-paced stacking exercise as part of the Guinness World Records Day event at Sewickley Academy.

Sewickley Academy students stack 'em up for world record

Sewickley Academy is part of a worldwide attempt to set a record for “Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day.”

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Residents oppose plans to sell Seville school to Pressley Ridge

Residents living near the closed school in Ross told North Hills school board members that their property values would be jeopardized.

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Drilling remains an issue in Mars Area

A group of pro-drilling residents asked the board Nov. 11 to reconsider allowing Rex Energy to drill under the district’s schools.

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North Allegheny officials say new state law on volunteers problematic

It will require multiple clearances for all volunteers, no matter how little they help out.

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School news: Avonworth, Highlands, Mars Area

Avonworth holds pep rally; Highlands holds gold card Thanksgiving luncheon; Mars Area presents comedy

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 The education task force has one final meeting with Mayor Bill Peduto that is yet to be scheduled and is to deliver a report by the end of the year.

Education task force to become Pittsburgh commission

The task force faced problems identifying its mission and goals, members said.

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CMU's School of Music to receive $1 million gift for recording studio, scholarships

The planned gift will also support operations and undergraduate merit scholarships at the school.

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 Donna Ervin, a kindergarten teacher at Pittsburgh King on the North Side, talks about improving educational equity at the school.

Pittsburgh schools asking educators to look inward to help close race gap

Teachers and administrators tackle their own racial attitudes to help students learn more effectively.

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'Unboxxed': Leadership Pittsburgh's seminar challenges traditional forms of education

Leadership Pittsburgh's Unboxxed seminar explores the leading edge of learning, medicine and other topics.

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 Pittsburgh CAPA students London Reese-Scaife, 17, left, and Dillyn Brown, 16, attend a college fair in February. The recent A+ Schools report gave CAPA a 98 percent student stability rate.

Report highlights wide gaps among Pittsburgh schools

The report shows wide variations in teacher turnover, achievement of students and parent satisfaction, among other areas.

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CMU ranked one of top 25 schools hosting international students

International Institute of Education ranks CMU 25th on the number of international students, with 5,501 undergraduate and graduate students.

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Pittsburgh school district receives one application for charter school

The school is the Robert L. Vann Charter School, a proposal the school board previously rejected.

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Deer Lakes school board to vote on contract, new superintendent

The board is expected to name Avella Area Superintendent Janell Logue-Belden as its eighth superintendent.

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Foreign students flocking to U.S. in record numbers

The number of international students in the United States last year rose to a record 886,052.

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Penn State president vows to revisit Freeh Report

President Eric Barron vowed in a statement on the university’s website that he would conduct “a thorough review” of the report.

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 The California University Vulcans football team takes the field for its final game of the season Saturday against Lock Haven at Adamson Stadium.

College athletes' off-field infractions getting more scrutiny

The State System of Higher Education is largely silent on how schools should address player transgressions outside of school.

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 Jennifer Shrieve of Beechview, who is in her first year of welding and hopes to someday join the Steamfitters union, practices Thursday at CCAC.

For workforce trainees, blue collar jobs are still difficult to find

Community College of Allegheny County can train more workers than there are jobs.

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Seniors applying to colleges by the dozens amid stress

Six college applications once seemed like a lot. Submitting eight was a mark of great ambition.Now these figures are just a starting point.

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Quaker Valley High School set to respond to threat

The social media message will prompt a police presence, a district official said.

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 Lewis Campbell III, left, and girlfriend Shareese Asparagus hold hands Friday during an interview with his attorney, William Rush, in Reading.

Cal U victim details incident that led to coma

As Lewis Campbell III lay on the ground, his girlfriend, a university senior, thought he might not make it.

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 Actor Michael Keaton arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards in Hollywood.

Michael Keaton agrees to new role: visiting scholar at CMU

The Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon announced that the actor has agreed to the position, with details still to be

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 West Virginia Univeristy students hold a candlelight vigil in memory of Nolan Michael Burch in Morgantown, W.Va., Friday night.

Hundreds gather to remember WVU student Nolan Burch

During his short life, Nolan M. Burch had an energy that pulled people together and lifted others when they were down.

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 “Students who feel safe while in school are able to focus on learning, which impacts their academic growth,” Gov. Tom Corbett, shown here in October, said in announcing the funding.

Nearly $4 million state grant to fund school police, resource officers in Pittsburgh area

Of the 114 awards, 13 Pittsburgh-area school districts are new applicants and 21 districts are receiving funding for a second year in a row.

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 Penn State University president Eric J. Barron addresses a meeting of the trustees in State College on Friday.

Penn State trustees defer talk on suing NCAA

Trustees meeting draws angry crowd that voices its displeasure with trustees for declining to revisit the controversial Freeh Report.

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Pittsburgh Public Schools graduation rates show improvement

The news release showed the change from 2011 to 2013. The district rate grew from 68.5 percent to 77.4 percent.

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 The sun sets over the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland. At the University of Pittsburgh, the base yearly in-state tuition as of this fall is $16,872.

Cost of public colleges in Pennsylvania continues to soar, report finds

The College Board report says families are struggling with the effects of successive price hikes imposed during the recent recession.

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Costs climb for Mt. Lebanon High School renovation

The school board plans to vote Nov. 17 to approve $127,994 in change orders, bringing the total to $3.98 million.

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Gateway school board considering land bank

The district has been mulling signing an intergovernmental agreement to join the Tri-COG Land Bank.

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East Allegheny teachers contract a waiting game

A nonbinding arbitration hearing will be held Jan. 27 with a district and a teachers union representative and an arbitrator.

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EQT gets OK to look at drilling in shale on East Allegheny school district land

East Allegheny school board has voted unanimously to approve a lease agreement with the firm.

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 Students Alexis Burke, left, and Adam Brooks plate dishes for a recent lunch at the Tiger Inn, a restaurant run by culinary students at McKeesport High School.

Culinary students offer lunch at McKeesport Area's Tiger Inn

The inn is a restaurant run by students at McKeesport Area High School’s Career and Technology Center and is open to the public Thursdays.

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Steel Valley, Munhall discussing community park

The school district would let the borough use its property for a park, while Munhall would give Steel Valley a discount to buy a firehall.

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 The district has set a budget hearing for noon Dec. 1 at the district's Oakland headquarters.

Pittsburgh schools' proposed budget calls for 5 percent spending increase, but no tax hike

The district has set a budget hearing for noon on Dec. 1 at the district's Oakland headquarters.

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Woodland Hills board picks new school director

Directors elected Jamie Glasser to the Woodland Hills school board at Wednesday night's meeting.

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Wilkinsburg School District responding to two violent incidents

Two girls were attacked on their way to school Monday. Later that day, a student’s relative attacked a security guard.

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East Allegheny approves lease for Marcellus Shale exploration, drilling on district land

District Solicitor Daniel Beisler said the company will work for six months to find possible drilling sites on district parcels.

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 Gov. Tom Corbett is named as one of the respondents in a lawsuit filed Monday by six school districts.

Six school districts file suit against Pennsylvania over school funding

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and the Education Law Center represent six districts that say state funding isn’t fair.

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Seneca Valley to seek bids for next phase of upgrades

Robert Cook, director of buildings, grounds and security, said they estimate this phase of the work will cost about $7 million.

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Gateway School Board wants new land bank agreement

The Gateway School Board has been mulling an intergovernmental or cooperative agreement to join the Tri-COG Land Bank.

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