Pa. Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna.

Pennsylvania lawmakers take another look at openness at state-related universities

Senate Bill 412, introduced by state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna, is part of an effort to revamp Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

about 8 hours ago

 Seventh grader Tiffany Ponticel looks through the interior of the art project of the likeness of the 100-year-old St. Philip School.  The art and replica of the school is exposed to  several black lights.

St. Philip School in Crafton celebrates centennial

Since the project was unveiled on Jan. 27, more than 500 people from the community have walked through a replica of the school.

about 8 hours ago

Moon Area to retain Hyde name on school building

The school board voted unanimously Monday to keep the name after a petition was circulated to that effect.

about 8 hours ago

Mt. Lebanon School District will not build new rifle range for high school

In 2011, the board decided not to include rebuilding the range as part of a $109 million renovation.

about 8 hours ago

West Allegheny to introduce full-day kindergarten

The district also will offer a “Book Bus” or traveling library for children through age 5.

about 8 hours ago

Bethel Park backs new education funding formula

The school board is supporting the efforts of Campaign for Fair Education Funding, urging state legislators to establish such a formula.

about 8 hours ago

Moss Side Middle Schoolers learn drumming, culture

The program is funded through a matching grant from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts.

about 8 hours ago

Penn Hills charter school seeks board approval for expansion

Imagine Entrepreneur Charter School wants to open a second location at 10700 Frankstown Road.

about 8 hours ago

Peters school budget may increase taxes

The district has an anticipated deficit of $2.8 million, which likely will lead to a tax increase above the state-mandated 2.03-mill cap.

about 8 hours ago

 Helga Stokes of Dormont is an English language tutor for the Baha'i Institute of Education's virtual university, which teaches members of the Baha'i faith in Iran.

Iranian students risk prison with online classes taught by Pittsburghers

Two Pittsburgh-area women give on-line instruction to students in Iran who are barred from college because of their Baha’i faith.

1 day ago

Penn-Trafford paraprofessional charged with assaulting student

Police said charges of simple assault and harassment were filed against Sharon Kosko, a 59-year-old aide at Penn Middle School in Jeannette.

about 21 hours ago

 "A failure to list a reportable asset on the FAFSA is considered fraud," said Lynnette Khalfani Cox, CEO of and author of “College Secrets: How to Save Money, Cut College Costs and Graduate Debt Free.”

Grandparents’ college help, even savings plans, could end up hurting students

Students could become less eligible for federal financial aid when grandparents help them pay college expenses.

1 day ago

 A bill sponsored by state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna, is intended to give the public greater insight into the workings of taxpayer-funded universities, such as the University of Pittsburgh, except in one key area: individual salaries.

Pennsylvania legislation could shield some of the largest public university salaries from disclosure

Senate Bill 412, introduced this month by state Sen. John Blake, is part of an ongoing effort to revamp Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

1 day ago

Parents can get stipend for city Pittsburgh school activities

The board voted to reimburse parents up to $10 per day for "reasonable and necessary expenses" for certain school activities.

1 day ago

Pittsburgh schools board approves Planned Parenthood role for sex education

A proposal to set up a memo of understanding with Planned Parenthood for sex education of middle school students won approval tonight.

1 day ago

$785,000 grant accepted Pittsburgh Public Schools' Summer Dreamers Academy

The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools tonight accepted a $785,000 grant from the Wallace Foundation for the 2015 Summer Dreamers Academy.

1 day ago

Charter school's application rejected for second time by Pittsburgh school board

The board  rejected its only application for a new charter school this fall, the Robert L. Vann Charter School.

1 day ago

Pittsburgh school board in line for discount on telecommunications contract

The board approved a $4.1 million, five-year contract for wide area network services, but it is expected to cost the district $411,750.

1 day ago

Water main breaks close Quaker Valley High, two Pittsburgh schools

Quaker Valley High School is closed due to a break in front of the school, according to the school district.

2 days ago

Four Wesleyan students arrested in party drug hospitalizations

Eleven Wesleyan students received medical attention over the weekend; two students were still being treated Tuesday, police said.

2 days ago

 Woodland Hills superintendent Alan Johnson, shown here in September, said the district is working to reduce the number of suspensions, including program changes as schools are realigned this fall and more teacher training on instructing children from diverse backgrounds.

Woodland Hills ranks in top 10 nationwide for elementary student suspensions

Researchers from the Center for Civil Rights Remedies say discipline gap needs to be addressed to solve the achievement gap.

3 days ago

Springdale home invasion prompts school lockdowns

Acmetomia Primary, Springdale Junior/Senior High School and Colfax Upper Elementary were on lockdown for about an hour around noon.

2 days ago

 Jasmine McCray, 15, with the help of her mother, Dinetta Walker, rides her new bike in a parade Monday through Pioneer Education Center in Brookline. Variety gave away five bikes Monday to young people with special needs.

Charity distributes adaptive bikes to students who have disabilities

Variety has 250 adaptive bikes available for free distribution to children in 16 counties in Western Pennsylvania and 10 in West Virginia.

3 days ago

 Jason E. Cooper

Plum high school teacher facing sex charges is back in jail

Police say Jason E. Cooper engaged in inappropriate activity with an 18-year-old female student at the high school and at a home.

3 days ago

  Ice builds up on the fountain at the Katz Plaza inthe Cultural District in Downtown Pittsburgh this morning  as commuters  arrive from their bus at 7th Street and Penn Avenue. The low of minus-9 degrees overnight broke a record that had been set in 1914.

Record low temperatures delay start of school in Western Pennsylvania

For today, the National Weather Service forecasts a high of 27 with wind chill values of minus-7 degrees.

2 days ago

 A community meeting is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Kingsley Center in East Liberty.

Pittsburgh schools work with community groups to reduce suspensions

Suspensions in Pittsburgh Public Schools last school year dropped 15 percent to about 9,900, but the district wants to see more reductions.

4 days ago

Allegheny Intermediate Unit to review spending on food and travel

The agency is in the midst of reviewing its expenditures on food and travel and considering limits on future conference attendance.

3 days ago

 Clayton Academy in the North Side.

Pittsburgh schools plan to take back operation of the alternative education program

Pittsburgh Public Schools, which had a private company run the program for disruptive students, will operate the program itself next year.

4 days ago

 Carolyn Davis and her son, Charlie, the executive director and development director, respectively, of the Schenley Height Community Development Program, stand in front of the Madison School in the Upper Hill.

Directors seek 'big change' as tutorial program expands at former Madison School in Upper Hill

Former Madison School in Upper Hill will soon have a new educational use by the Schenley Heights Community Development Program.

4 days ago

Pittsburgh Public Schools on two-hour delay Tuesday

The district announced a two-hour delay because of bitter-cold temperatures.

3 days ago

 People dance in the stands during Thon, the year-long student fundraiser, which culminates with the 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday.

Penn State’s Thon 2015 raises $13.02 million

Since 1977, Penn State raised more than $127 million benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund based out of Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

4 days ago

Pitt launches crowdfunding site for student groups' and faculty's initiatives

The site has the specific goal of targeting the student groups’ millennial social networks.

5 days ago

 Pedro Rivera

Under Pedro Rivera, a new direction for Pennsylvania education policy

Pennsylvania’s acting education secretary Pedro Rivera wants equitable funding for all school districts.

5 days ago

 Radio-frequency identification, or RFID, technology is already used to track how prescription drugs move across international borders and through the medical supply chain.

'Edible' radio tags could stifle sales of bogus meds

CMU researchers are working on a tiny, ingestible radio ID tag that could be embedded in pills to help verify their authenticity.

1 week ago

Suspect in 2012 Pitt bomb threats extradited from Ireland to Scotland

Adam Busby, the accused leader of the Scottish National Liberation Army, faces terrorism charges in Scotland.

6 days ago

Could late starts once a month be on tap for Gateway school district?

School district considers instituting monthly late start times for professional development.

1 week ago

Foundation lays groundwork to finance student programs at Shaler Area schools

Shaler Area Education Foundation is seeking volunteers to serve on the organization’s first board of directors.

1 week ago

Mars approves 2015-16 calendar and new principal

The first day for students will be Sept. 1 and the last day will be June 10 in the calendar. The calendar includes five snow days.

1 week ago

Norwin school board passes preliminary budget

Without trimming, the $67,983,000 budget would require a real estate tax increase of 4 mills.

1 week ago

 Sixth-grade teacher Kelly Polosky coaches Dajaun Hamilton with his iPad in early February at Kelly Elementary School in Wilkinsburg.

Wilkinsburg School District to upgrade elementary schools

School district hopes to receive state reimbursement under the Planning and Construction Workbook for the renovation.

1 week ago

'Classic' Neenie Campbell Gymnasium renovated

But the facility retains its best features in the $14.5 million renovation at Founders’ Hall Middle School.

1 week ago

North school news: Fox Chapel kindergarten registration underway

School news from Pittsburgh region’s north communities.

1 week ago

West school news: Keystone Oaks, Moon Area

The Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association presented Aiken Elementary School in Green Tree with a $3,998 Fuel Up to Play 60 grant.

1 week ago

 Shanae Coleman cleans off her mom's car on Fifth Avenue, Uptown, during Wednesday afternoon's snowfall.

Pittsburgh Public Schools to close Friday

A high of near 5 degrees was forecast for today, with wind chills as low as minus-17.

1 week ago

 Bishop David Z. Zubik with the casket of John E. Murray Jr., Duquesne University’s chancellor and former president, at the end of the  funeral mass held at the Church of the Epiphany.

Duquesne’s John Murray eulogized as ‘transformative’

John E. Murray Jr. was Duquesne’s president for 13 years, and was a former dean of the law schools at Pitt and Villanova University.

1 week ago

 A student walks through Baker Hall on the CMU campus. Carnegie Mellon University blames “serious mistakes in our process for generating acceptance letters” when it sent out letters congratulating students who in fact had not been accepted into CMU's elite computer science school.

Is there a legal case for students spurned by CMU in acceptance-letter blunder?

One Pittsburgh lawyer, asked about the chances of successful litigation, said Wednesday it depends on the circumstances.

1 week ago

 “We have some neighborhoods that make it difficult for kids to concentrate on their academics,” Pittsburgh Superintendent Linda Lane, shown here in January, said today.

Peduto’s school plan puts emphasis on safety

The areas are public safety, out-of-school time programming, community schools, school funding and marketing.

1 week ago

Provident Charter School wins appeal of Pittsburgh School District denial

The state Charter School Appeal Board has granted an appeal by Provident, which wants to open in Troy Hill.

1 week ago

Hearing set for adjunct unionization at Duquesne University

The regional board will decide if Duquesne University qualifies for a religious exemption that would prevent an adjunct faculty union.

1 week ago

Officials: Ringgold High School employee under investigation

The district said the employee has been removed from school property and will not have contact with students until the issue is resolved.

1 week ago


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