Education


Taxes will increase in North Allegheny

The North Allegheny school board rolled out both tax increases and a one-to-one technology initiative at their meeting.

about 8 hours ago


Gateway school budget cuts contracts, adds slight tax hike

Monroeville residents with a house valued at the average $107,900 should see an increase of $46.88 per year on their taxes.

about 8 hours ago


Penn Hills schools pass $97 million budget balanced by $12 million loan, tax hike

The school board voted 6-1 to approve the budget, which includes the maximum real estate tax hike allowed by the state index.

about 8 hours ago


Penn State helps DIYers go from farm to fork

Two classes –– Midsummer Night’s (Berry) Jam and Ferment This (From Kimchi to Kraut) –– were designed to take advantage of summer’s bounty.

about 8 hours ago


McKeesport Area raises school property taxes

The average homeowner is expected to pay an additional $25 in property taxes under the new budget.

about 8 hours ago


Former West Mifflin Area School District manager says he will pay back district

Former administrator Phil Martell is now being accused of “double dipping,” or billing two organizations for the same trip expenses.

about 8 hours ago


Peters Township school board signs new contract with bus drivers and raises salaries

Board members questioned why worker rates varied for different sport events, and the tabled action on 3 percent raises for some employees.

about 8 hours ago


 Sister Rita Yeasted: professor, women's advocate and a newsmaker you should know.

Sister honored for work on women's behalf

The American Association of University Women honored Sister Rita Yeasted, professor at La Roche College, for 25 years of women’s advocacy.

about 8 hours ago


Duquesne University plants a SEED for students to excel in science

Through Project SEED, economically disadvantaged high school students get to take part in actual scientific research.

about 8 hours ago


McKeesport school district offers family literacy program to combat 'summer slide'

Students read a book and play a corresponding game at the district’s summer family literacy program. Parents are also encouraged to attend.

about 8 hours ago


School news: Fox Chapel, North Allegheny and more

School news from the Pittsburgh region’s north communities.

about 8 hours ago


Mt. Lebanon library garden tour marks quarter century

Last year, the event raised $32,000 for the Public Library. This year a garden party will be held including hors d'oeuvres, sweets and live

about 8 hours ago


North Allegheny technology purchases criticized

“You don’t buy a Cadillac when your budget calls for a Kia,“ writer says.

about 8 hours ago


Trial set for one Plum teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

Jason Cooper, 38, of Verona is scheduled to appear before Judge David R. Cashman on Aug. 12 for motions court and a trial.

about 15 hours ago


 Math teacher Ro Casciato, center, goes over a calculus problem in May with Pittsburgh Allderdice High School juniors Dawill Holc, 17, and Sofia Vidic, 17.

Pittsburgh public school teachers earn higher grades in new ratings

Combined, 97.1 percent of the teachers received distinguished or proficient ratings compared to 96.9 percent the prior year.

1 day ago


Teachers union blasts state evaluation system

Delegates at the American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania convention want the state Legislature to repeal the current teacher

about 15 hours ago


 Fifth-grade students at The Ellis School enjoy lunch in the courtyard.

Ellis School rebranding results in international award

The Ellis School is the only all-girls private preK-12 school in Pittsburgh, but has struggled to differentiate itself from other schools.

about 17 hours ago


 Sen. Bob Casey speaks in Philadelphia in February.

Campus sex assault law is ‘a huge step,’ Casey says

The Campus SaVE Act, which was passed into law two years ago, went into effect Wednesday.

1 day ago


Pittsburgh teacher named top biology teacher in the state

Edwina Kinchington of Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy 6-12 won the award from the National Association of Biology Teachers.

1 day ago


Chevron to continue sponsoring STEM program at Carnegie Science Center

Chevron Corp. and Carnegie Science Center announced the company will donate $900,000 over the next three years for the STEM center.

1 day ago


 Plum Senior High School teacher Joseph Ruggieri is accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student.

Judge revokes bond for Plum teacher accused of having sex with student

Judge Jeffrey Manning ordered that Joseph Ruggieri, 40, remain jailed and undergo a behavior clinic evaluation.

1 day ago


Gateway to the Arts merges with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Gateway to the Arts provides arts education and artist training in the Pittsburgh region.

1 day ago


 The Wilkinsburg school board hired former Gateway superintendent Joseph Petrella as the district’s deputy superintendent.

Wilkinsburg school board hires former Gateway superintendent

The board hired Joseph Petrella as the district’s deputy superintendent and heir apparent to the permanent top job.

2 days ago


 The contracts for teachers, paraprofessionals and clerical-technical workers represented by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers expire today without new contracts in place.

Pittsburgh teachers, support staff to continue working after contracts expire today

Pittsburgh Public Schools and Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, continue to negotiate terms to replace a contract approved in 2010.

3 days ago


State System expecting enrollment decline

Enrollment now is expected to fall by 1,697 students this fall, a bigger dip than the 862 forecast before student commitments were received.

2 days ago


 A group of 30 rabbis and other citizens hold a #MoralTakeover fast and public prayer on the steps of the Capitol in Harrisburg to draw attention to and improve public school funding in Pennsylvania.

State considers new plan to take over poorly performing schools

The Achievement School District would be run by a board appointed by the governor and Senate and House leaders.

3 days ago


Supreme Court won't take jurisdiction of state email case

Commonwealth Court will hear the case of whether state offices should retain email, pushed by media outlets including the Post-Gazette.

3 days ago


 Parent and Graduate PLUS loan interest rates will go down to 6.84 percent, instead of 7.21 percent for loans issued last year.

Student loan rates to drop for coming year

Starting Wednesday, new federal loans will have lower rates than loans taken out last year. But they likely will creep back up in 2016-2017.

3 days ago


Ex-W.Va. teacher pleads in child porn case

David Duane Will Jr., a former teacher at John Marshall High School south of Wheeling, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Wheeling.

2 days ago


 A Plum Senior High School teacher is back in jail after being charged with contacting an alleged victim in an ongoing sex case.

Plum teacher faces second intimidation charge

Joseph Ruggieri is one of two Plum Senior High School teachers accused of having sex with female students.

3 days ago


Penn Hills school board passes budget balanced with $12 million loan

The board approved in a 6-1 vote a final budget with $87.8 million in costs and $97 million in revenue.

3 days ago


 Father Dan Walsh blesses Duquesne University's new organ Sunday during its dedication in the chapel.

Duquesne University completes $500,000 renovation of chapel pipe organ

The original 24-stop, 1,290-pipe organ was installed in 1896 and was last refurbished in 1964.

4 days ago


 Teachers, parents and supporters march past the front of the Allegheny Intermidiate Unit (AIU) building at The Waterfront, May 27, 2015, in a demonstration protesting reported cuts in the teaching staff.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit's closed-door meetings raising questions

AIU is bound by the state’s open-meeting law, although it rarely holds public discussions about its operations or spending.

4 days ago


Penn Hills school board appoints superintendent

The board approved the promotion of acting superintendent Nancy Hines to superintendent for a three-year term ending in June of 2018.

3 days ago


 Annmarie Duggan.

Pitt Theatre Arts grows in programs and shows

The University of  Pittsburgh expands to five productions in 2015-16, when it will spend more time in the Charity Randall campus theater.

5 days ago


Cheyney University offered line of credit

Leaders of Pennsylvania’s state-owned university system are extending a $6.5 million line of credit to Cheyney University.

6 days ago


Penn State says it was victim of cyber attack

Following two cyberattacks on Penn State's College of Liberal Arts, the university is resetting passwords on its college-issued accounts.

6 days ago


AIU sees drop in special education students

More school districts are providing their own special education services rather than those of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf and Republicans are at odds over the budget.

With no agreements near, Pa. lawmakers to work through weekend on budget plan

Top Democratic lawmakers say Gov. Tom Wolf has told them that he’ll veto a GOP plan that does not meet his priorities.

6 days ago


Consortium for Public Education offering summer classes for Wilkinsburg and Woodland Hills students

The Consortium for Public Education attempts to lessen the summer drain on academic growth.

1 week ago


$20 million renovation to start at South Park Middle School

A 700-seat gymnasium? This is just one feature of renovations to South Park Middle School, which begin this summer and end December 2016.

1 week ago


Bethel Park school update on target

Washington Elementary is getting new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment, light fixtures, carpeting and other improvements.

1 week ago


South Park schools get first public relations director

In his new post, Patrick Harrigan plans to connect South Park residents with their school district.

1 week ago


Baldwin-Whitehall budget battle continues

The Baldwin-Whiltehall School District is raising the mileage rate and looking for ways to save money, including cutting jobs.

1 week ago


Norwin adopts budget with tax increase

The property tax rate for 2015-16 will increase by 2 mills, which is lower than the 2.7-mill increase that had been proposed.

1 week ago


 Chef Aaron Yurek helps Erina Fortune, 11, of Wexford to make a sushi roll June 17 at the A.W. Beattie Career Center in Allison Park. The Center is hosting a summer camp of courses for about 150 high school students from all around Allegheny County. Among the courses are robotics, auto body, auto tech, pastry and culinary and building DNA models.

Beattie camp offers taste of careers to middle schoolers

Enrollment in the center’s summer day camps for grades 6-9 has grown from about 70 in 2013 to at least 151 this year.

1 week ago


Penn Hills school board to vote on final budget Wednesday

While revenues from earned income tax will bring in an additional $300,000, expenses also are expected to climb by $2.95 million.

1 week ago


Quaker Valley board approves teachers' contract

Under the pact, teachers will receive a raise of about 1.29 percent, with the individual increases based on experience and education.

1 week ago


 Patrick Graczyk, the superintendent of the Allegheny Valley School District.

Allegheny Valley hires new superintendent

Patrick M. Graczyk was hired June 15. He leaves Highlands School District after many years.

1 week ago


Shaler girls track coach asks board for help with poor conditions, safety issues

Board members suggested a meeting with the district’s new athletic director and proposed fixes for track facilities.

1 week ago



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