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.

about 11 hours ago

 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.

about 11 hours ago

 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.

2 days ago

 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.

2 days ago

 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.

2 days ago

 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.

3 days ago

Plum teachers investigation kept private

Judge denies WPXI's request for Plum documents.

3 days ago

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

2 days ago

 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.

2 days ago

 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.

4 days ago

 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.

4 days ago

 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.

4 days ago

Complaints shorten Common Core tests

The testing should be shortened by 90 minutes next year.

4 days ago

 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.

4 days ago

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.

4 days ago

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.

4 days ago

 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.

4 days ago

Ambridge High School seniors raise $14,000 for dog park

Lexi Korol and Lexi Palombo, students at Ambridge Area High School, created a dog park in Walter Panek Park for their senior project.

4 days ago

 Dolores Manuel, of Fair Oaks, is the theater director and talks to her students at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart as they rehearse for a production on May 14. The school has been invited to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School students to perform in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The theater department of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School recently learned it has been selected to perform for 90 minutes.

4 days ago

Franklin Regional school directors approve budget with tax hike

Franklin Regional taxes will increase to fund a new budget, which will allow physical improvements to be made to schools.

4 days ago

Proposed Keystone Oaks budget holds line on taxes

Taxes have been steady at 18.63 mills for three years.

4 days ago

Keystone Oaks summer lunch program begins June 15

The program, to be set up at seven sites, could feed up to 500 children this summer.

4 days ago

 Rick Rechenberg

Resume: A newsmaker you should know / Teacher Richard Rechenberg recognized for more than his plaid shirts

Richard Rechenberg, a teacher at Holy Sepulcher Catholic School, has been honored by the Pennsylvania Council on American Private Education.

4 days ago

West school news: Moon Area and West Allegheny

School news from throughout the west communities.

4 days ago

 Lianne Danko.

Ringgold High School latest to be rocked by sex scandal

A former guidance counselor from Rostraver has been charged with three counts of institutional sexual assault.

4 days ago

 Alan Gutchess, left, director of the Fort Pitt Museum, looks on as Andrew Masich, president of the Heinz History Center, talks about a new exhibit at the Fort Pitt Museum.

Fort Pitt exhibit takes new look at Indian captivity

Fort Pitt’s “Captured by Indians: Warfare & Assimilation on the 18th Century Frontier” exhibit opens Friday in Point State Park.

4 days ago

North Allegheny school board trying to eliminate tax hike from budget

The North Allegheny school board approved a proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year that has a tax increase.

5 days ago

 Lovie Blackman, 11, a fifth-grader from Sheraden, reacts to her increased heartbeat being shown on a computer during a demonstration by Mike Hennessy, program development coordinator at the Carnegie Science Center.

Carnegie Science Center, AHN introduce educational program on anatomy

The BodyWorks program is targeted at upper-level elementary and middle school students.

5 days ago

Penn Hills schools obtains funding to cover some of its debts

Despite appeals to multiple lenders for an $18 million loan, the district could only obtain a 90-day loan for $12 million from PNC bank.

5 days ago

 The school funding case was filed in November by six school districts, seven parents and two statewide associations.

Commonwealth Court decision on Pa. school funding appealed

The plaintiffs maintain that state officials are failing to meet their constitutional obligation for an adequate system of public education.

5 days ago

 Two Plum Senior High School teachers have been accused of having sexual relationships with students.

DA investigators back at Plum High School gathering information in sex cases

Superintendent Timothy Glasspool said the district is cooperating, providing all materials in multiple search warrants served Tuesday.

5 days ago

Shaler Area High students dismissed early after 'suspicious' device found

Police said the device was found on Sunday by a district employee and police were notified this morning.

5 days ago

Ligonier Valley School District reports case of MRSA at elementary school

MRSA -- methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- is a type of staph infection that cannot be treated with many standard antibiotics.

5 days ago

 J. Matthew Simon served as president of Point Park University from 1986 to 1995.

Obituary: J. Matthew Simon / Former Point Park president

Mr. Simon was president of the institution for nearly a decade, stepping down in 1995.

5 days ago

NCAA honors Pitt men's basketball, women's tennis teams for academics

Both teams finished in the top 10 percent of their respective sports, with the newest data representing the 2010-14 period.

5 days ago

Preliminary budget for West Jefferson Hills schools raises taxes

The increased revenue will provide for debt service payments for the future Thomas Jefferson High School.

5 days ago

$3.8M from fund balance allows Gateway schools to hold line on taxes

The board voted 8-1 to approve a preliminary budget with expenditures of $72,641,000. Board member Janice Rawson voted against the plan.

5 days ago

 Scenes from previous gathering of "Chocolate Camp" at Country Confection in Canonsburg.

The Food Column: Sweet summer camp in Pittsburgh area

What kid wouldn’t want to spend some time at a candy store?

6 days ago

 Lynda Wrenn

Holley, Wrenn, Kaleida earn nominations in Pittsburgh Public Schools board

With more than 99 percent of the vote counted, the only potential contested race appears to be in District 8.

6 days ago

 A student walks across the sign at Plum Senior High School during April protests at the school.

Teacher sex inquiry at Plum grows; DA seeks eight students’ files

The district’s superintendent says he is working with investigators to gather the information they need.

6 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf listens to Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane today before his Schools That Teach roundtable discussion at Pittsburgh Roosevelt PreK-5 School in Carrick.

Wolf, Pittsburgh school administrators discuss proposed funding

A handful of administrators, including superintendent Linda Lane, gave presentations at the panel in Carrick.

6 days ago

District: Norwin teacher suspended for inappropriate texts to student

District officials declined comment on the suspension because it is a personnel issue.

1 week ago

 Plum teachers will be in class themselves Tuesday for a refresher on how and when to report suspected child sexual abuse.

Plum teachers get refresher on how, when to report child sexual abuse

The attorney for an accused teacher believes Plum school administrators knew of a permissive culture and inappropriate relationships.

1 week ago

 Krista Terpack, senior graphic designer at Chatham University, takes a picture of the students outside the school chapel during graduation rehearsal.

Chatham University graduates final class as an all-female school

This fall, the Shadyside school will have undergraduate men on campus for the first time, breaking a tradition that began in 1969.

1 week ago

 Clare Zupan, 21, of West Point, N.Y., is the last graduate of Chatham University as an all-female undergraduate school.

Chatham’s graduation historic

Chatham president Esther Barazzone thanked the students for being gracious even when they disagreed with Chatham's planned transition.

1 week ago

 In a recent study, a CMU professor found that couples who increased their frequency of sex had a slightly lower happiness level than couples whose sexual frequency remained unchanged. “They were, if anything, less happy,” said George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology. “They ended up wanting sex less and enjoying the sex that they did have less.”

Does more sex make couples happier? Study's results dispute CMU professor's expectations

Carnegie Mellon professor George Loewenstein said results of a “sex and happiness“ study on married couples may not reflect real life.

1 week ago

 Actor Alan Alda, right, shares a light moment with Carl E. Wieman, a Nobel laureate, at Carnegie Mellon University's 118th commencement Sunday.

Actor Alan Alda's message to CMU grads: 'Be all the yous that you are'

The former M.A.S.H. star spoke to students — including his grandson, Scott — Sunday at the school’s 118th commencement ceremony.

1 week ago

 Joan Mukogosi, a student at Winchester Thurston, speaks Friday during the rally "Black Lives Matter" outside of the Pittsburgh Board of Education administration building in Oakland.

Rally calls for more diversity in classes, teachers

About 100 students, teachers and community members went to the Board of Education building on Friday with specific demands.

1 week ago

China hackers make Penn State unplug engineering computers

Penn State University says Chinese hackers have breached its engineering school’s computers for two years.

1 week ago

Pittsburgh, Japanese robotics teams work together in race to the moon

‘Co-opetition’ brings rivals Astrobotic and its partner CMU, and Japanese team HAKUTO to LaFarge company slag site in West Mifflin.

1 week ago


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