Physical therapy resident Pam Dunlap evaluates Gaige Pavlocak's balance

Allegheny County school districts’ occupational, physical therapists in jeopardy

A $1.1 million deficit has caused the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to turn therapists into independent contractors, some of whom may quit.

about 8 hours ago

 Cory Batey

Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman

The jury members rejected claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing, and that the college culture should be blamed.

about 8 hours ago

 Nolan Burch, 18, died Nov. 14.

Police: WVU fraternity pledge had blood-alcohol level of 0.49

Nolan Burch, a freshman, died in November after an initiation event at the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

about 14 hours ago

Wilkinsburg School District approves one-time bonuses for elementary principals

Elementary principals Tanya Smith, of Turner Elementary, and Rosalind Fisher, of Kelly Elementary, will receive the one-time bonuses.

about 12 hours ago

Cal U professor found dead in campus office

Burrell Brown, on the Cal U faculty since 1989, was found dead late Sunday.

about 8 hours ago

 A thin layer of ice covers the Allegheny River this morning. The cold and slick roads from Monday's snowfall prompted many school districts in the Pittsburgh area to delay the start of school today.

Pittsburgh-area school districts announce two-hour delays

No snow is expected today. The National Weather Service has forecast a high of 22 and a low of 7 tonight.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Public Schools, as well as some districts in the suburbs, including Penn Hills, are operating on two-hour delays today.

School delayed for dozens of Pittsburgh-area districts

The National Weather Service’s winter weather advisory remains in effect until 7 tonight.

2 days ago

 Sister Daniela Bronka, principal at St. Bernard School, laughs this month as she greets students and parents before the start of school.

Principal strengthens school's 'Catholic identity' while proving nuns can be fun

Sister Daniela Bronka, principal of St. Bernard School, shows her students that nuns don’t have to be old or intimidating.

2 days ago

 Bill Isler, president of the Fred Rogers Co., has held the Pittsburgh Public Schools board District 4 seat since 1999.

Wrenn, Burkley to run for Pittsburgh school board seat

The District 4 seat is being vacated by Bill Isler of Squirrel Hill, who has served since 1999.

1 day ago

 Nina Esposito-Visgitis, president of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, said she has never been a proponent of performance pay. “Teachers do what they do because they love teaching,” she said.

Pittsburgh teachers’ pay schedule examined as contract talks begin

With the Pittsburgh teachers’ contract set to expire in June, talks are likely to focus on performance-based pay and other recent programs.

2 days ago

 Kim Dennis of the Center for Educational Leadership works with first grader Gabriel Mantick as she teaches a demonstration math class employing math racks at Pittsburgh Woolslair PreK-5.

Pittsburgh Public Schools program turns teachers into pupils

Instructional Leader Teacher 2s are positions that provide extra pay and responsibilities for teachers.

2 days ago

Penn Hills Superintendent resigns

No explanation was given for Thomas Washington resignation.

1 day ago

Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture

The former football players’ lawyers have sought to put the elite southern university on trial for warping the young men’s judgment.

4 days ago

 Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane talks to the audience Thursday at "Looking Ahead to Summer" at Pittsburgh Faison K-5 in Homewood.

Pittsburgh's Summer Dreamers program aims to bridge gap of summer

The summer program, backed with $1.5 million in funding, helps children from low-income families bridge the gap between school years.

5 days ago

West Mifflin Area School District, teachers approve new contract

The new contract slows down teacher pay increases for teachers moving through the salary schedule and freezes the top pay for three years.

4 days ago

 Indiana University of Pennsylvania senior Amy Haller, 21, of Bellevue, left, studies with a friend over the phone at Commonplace Coffee in Indiana, Pa.

Some IUP students face double-digit tuition increases under new plan

Once fully phased in, the program is expected to generate $8.2 million in additional revenue, officials said.

5 days ago

Cal U president search to begin soon, board chair says

Interim Cal U President Geraldine Jones has served since the May 2012 firing of Angelo Armenti Jr.

5 days ago

 A male teenager was shot near Wilkinsburg High School on Wednesday night.

Wilkinsburg schools seek police presence after shooting

A teenage boy was shot outside the school after a basketball game against Propel Andrew Street High School in Munhall.

5 days ago

Could field trips make a comeback in Montour?

School board is discussing a return to student field trips, a line trimmed from the budget several years ago to save money.

6 days ago

 Colleen Tortorella

Gateway High school counselor named one of top 16 in U.S.

Colleen Tortorella was selected as a semifinalist for counselor of the year and will attend a recognition dinner in Washington.

6 days ago

Chartiers Valley High a finalist for national STEM award

The school district has taken steps to improve science, technology, engineering and math training in curriculum across the board.

6 days ago

Talks on Moon Area-Cornell merger await new state government

Moon Area School District officials approached Cornell School District officials in June to discuss possibly combining the districts.

6 days ago

 Christian Farls, 12, a student at Providence Heights Alpha School in McCandless, nervously watches as his Alpha Bots team's robot performs a series of tasks during the Lego robotics competition at La Roche College in McCandless.

Lego robotics competition at La Roche College challenges kids

Worldwide, there are more than 25,000 Lego league teams in approximately 80 countries.

6 days ago

 Keiterez Bynum

Students starting to 'warm up' to Sto-Rox coordinator of student success

Keiterez Bynum says he’s excited to go to work and hopes to make students excited to come to school.

6 days ago

 Hannah Bumgarner and Emma Buerger raised $8,000 for ALS research.

Mt. Lebanon swimmers raise $8,000 for ALS research

Hannah Bumgarner and Emma Buerger, members of the Mt. Lebanon High School swim team, organized a swim-a-thon in the fall.

6 days ago

 Upper St. Clair High School team members posing with their award. From left: Nymisha Rameswarapu, Michael Nastac, Christina Park, Mrs. Pat Palazzolo, Gaurav Bhushan, Akshay Prasadan and Vidhi Shah.

'A Look Inside': Upper St. Clair students' mobile app declared a winner

Six gifted juniors from the high school are competing in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.

6 days ago

 Dan Connolly , a senior at North Hills, paddles his way on the first lap of a race at the school's pool.

Ahoy! Sail across pool tests STEM skills at North Hills

Transportation construction class brings lessons in science, technology, math and engineering to satisfying, soggy conclusion.

6 days ago

 Jenn Watenpool teaches physical elementary at Aiken Elementary.

Aiken Elementary physical education teacher keeps kids moving

Jenn Watenpool, who teaches in the Keystone Oaks School District, has been inducted into the “Fuel Up to Play 60” Hall of Fame.

6 days ago

Computer initiative moves to Mars Area Centennial School

School board approves $75,078 contract to provide 660 laptop computers to Mars Area Middle School for three years.

6 days ago

 Students study on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

IUP wants to charge full-time students per credit

If approved, the change would occur this fall as a two-year pilot program subject to regular review by university.

6 days ago

Sprout grant funds student collaboration on water issues

$13,500 will enable students from four high schools to develop a problem-solving product ahead of the Water Design Challenge in March.

6 days ago

Pressley Ridge offer to buy Seville school declined

Unpopular offer to buy Seville school is declined, as North Hills School District prepares to redistrict some elementary pupils.

6 days ago

North school news: Fox Chapel Area magazine honored

School news from Pittsburgh region’s north communities.

6 days ago

South Fayette foundation to hold musical fundraiser

The South Fayette Foundation for Excellence raises money to enhance the school district curriculum beyond what the basic budget provides.

6 days ago

Woodland Hills schools’ restructuring plan goes forward

The district’s “Plan for Excellence,” unveiled in September, was approved at Wednesday night’s legislative meeting.

6 days ago

Recognition given to Pittsburgh school board members

It was recognition all around at the start of the Pittsburgh Public Schools board meeting tonight.

6 days ago

Woodland Hills board frustrates residents

Board directors sought public comment during a packed meeting at the administrative building.

1 week ago

Pittsburgh school board sets homestead exclusion rate for 2015

The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools tonight set the homestead/farmstead exclusion for 2015 at nearly the same amount as in 2014.

6 days ago

 James Rohr

James Rohr to chair CMU's board of trustees

Mr. Rohr was instrumental in establishing the PNC Center for Financial Services Innovation and a PNC Professorship in Finance at CMU.

1 week ago

 Project scientist Matt Travers, center, 32, and Simon Kalouche, 23, a graduate school student of Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, operate different robots while Howie Choset, left, Biorobotics lab director looks on on Wednesday.

CMU innovation means robots can be quickly customized

Although not particularly monstrous or snakelike, CMU’s new Snake Monster robot is an innovative step forward in modular robotics.

1 week ago

 Point Park University police Sgt. Nick Black's utility belt includes a Taser and a sidearm, and his uniform includes a bulletproof vest and a tourniquet.

Public, private colleges beefing up campus security forces

Most of the officers are authorized to carry an array of weapons, including firearms and pepper spray, a Justice Department report said.

6 days ago

 Donald E. Boyer

Montour probe finds official had 2nd job, was OK’d by superintendent

The board authorized the investigation after it could not get satisfactory answers about an administrator’s status with the district.

1 week ago

 “I’ve met so many great, amazing people that made me feel at home right away," Monika Gibson says of Pittsburgh.

Odysseys: Polish-born architect builds new life in Pittsburgh

Monika Gibson and her husband, Matt, moved from Warsaw to Pittsburgh in August 2006 so Matt could attend culinary school.

1 week ago

 Clay birds made by children sit Sunday at the Children’s Museum on the North Side.

Pittsburgh-area kids embrace Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy through 'Many Hands' project

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Union Project host an innovative way to teach youth about the civil rights leader.

1 week ago

 According to a study being published today in the journal Pediatrics, children and adolescents consume more calories on days when they eat pizza.

How unhealthy really is pizza for children?

A national pediatric report points to pizza as the latest culprit in contributing to obesity among children.

1 week ago

 Pedro Rivera

Lancaster schools head tapped to join Cabinet

Mr. Wolf also announced that former state representative Kathy Manderino is his pick to lead the Department of Labor & Industry.

1 week ago

Poverty takes front seat in U.S. public schools

For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families.

1 week ago

 Penn State University President Eric J. Barron speaks Friday after Penn State trustees voted to accept a proposed settlement of a lawsuit between the NCAA and state  officials as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. At left is trustee Kathleen L. Casey. At right is chairman of the trustees, Keith Masser.

Proposed NCAA deal would restore football wins for Penn State, Joe Paterno

The new deal would direct a $60 million fine to address child abuse be spent within Pennsylvania and would resolve the lawsuit.

1 week ago

 Penn State's president is proposing a tuition freeze at eight Commonwealth campuses next year, including most in Western Pennsylvania. His proposal does not mention tuition plans for the main University Park campus, above.

Tuition freeze proposed for PSU branch campuses

The plan also would limit increases to 1.8 percent or 2.4 percent at 11 locations statewide, not including the main University Park campus.

1 week ago

 Curtiss Porter

Pittsburgh education officer leaves post after 1 year

Curtiss Porter had worked as Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief education and neighborhood reinvestment officer since January 2014

1 week ago


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