Education


Some Pitt classes canceled due to power outage

Classes are canceled in seven buildings and employees are being told not to report to work, Pitt officials said.

about 11 hours ago


 Esther Ulery of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau teaches first-graders at Cleveland Steward Elementary School how to conduct their experiment about how plants draw water from the soil during a visit by the Mobile Agriculture Educations Science Lab on March 2.

Traveling agriculture trailer opens world of plants, farming to Cleveland Steward students

The Mobile Ag Ed, or agriculture education lab, is a 40-foot trailer complete with 12 learning stations.

about 19 hours ago


School bus driver, monitor fired after Seneca Valley boy left on bus

The boy’s teacher texted his mother when he didn’t arrive for school and the boy was found on the bus hours later, cold and crying.

about 10 hours ago


 The details of a painting titled "TREE" by Brendon Donnovan, 18, a senior at Shaler Area High School. The painting has unique textures and elements like undeveloped film under the paint as well as motor oil and turpentine to add texture. "TREE," among other works of Donnovan and fellow students, were shown at Shaler North Hills Library for the opening reception of "Prodigy," an art showcase of students work.

Shaler students featured in art show at Shaler North Hills Library

The teen artists and their teacher David Boyles welcomed guests to the opening reception of their weeklong show, “Prodigy.”

about 19 hours ago


Foundation awards grants to steam ahead

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit plans to hire a director of instructional innovation and create a league of innovative schools.

about 19 hours ago


North Hills School Board appoints Burnett to open seat

Timothy Burnett, who served on the board from 2001-13, will serve the remaining nine months of Jeffrey Meyer’s term.

about 7 hours ago


Grable and Benedum foundations award grants to steam ahead

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit plans to hire a director of instructional innovation and create a league of innovative schools.

about 19 hours ago


Early-bird contract ratified for North Allegheny teachers

New agreement includes wage increases and higher health care contributions

about 19 hours ago


Peters schools renovations to begin soon

District Superintendent Jeannine French said an unexpectedly high number of snow days would have no serious impact on construction plans.

about 19 hours ago


East Allegheny School District will review bus pickups

Recently, 26 buses left the school campus, and six of them had fewer than 10 students aboard, the assistant superintendent said.

about 19 hours ago


Treat policy at Keystone Oaks clarified

Treats are permitted but must be approved 72 hours in advance and may not be eaten in classrooms or libraries, the superintendent said.

about 19 hours ago


Emergency drills at Mars schools today

Mars Area School District officials are advising residents not to panic if they see police cars at district schools today.

about 19 hours ago


Player's ineligibility, Steel Valley coach's reaction spark discussion

Steel Valley basketball coach Drew Schifino’s refusal to coach a playoff game prompts reaction at school board meeting.

about 19 hours ago


 Nick Boyd, a construction worker with Easley and Rivers of Monroeville, works on framing new bathrooms at Penn-Trafford High School.

Penn-Trafford High School renovation project moving forward

A school bus lane has been constructed, and some classrooms have reopened after months of remodeling during the $31.2 million project.

about 19 hours ago


Gateway High concert serves as memorial to director's daughter

Jeremy Leidhecker, a student teacher at Gateway High School, wrote a composition in tribute to Stephanie Read, who died at age 21.

about 19 hours ago


 Troy Johnson and Travis Johnston

Resume: A newsmaker you should know / Twins Troy and Travis Johnston are big boosters of collegiate rugby

Troy and Travis Johnston of Brighton have been instrumental in getting the Point Park team into the Three Rivers Rugby Conference.

about 19 hours ago


Peters students showcase their photography

The exhibit, titled “The Gallery,” contains works by nearly 100 students and continues through March 19 at Peters Township Public Library.

about 19 hours ago


West school news: Carlynton, Chartiers Valley, Montour and more

School news from throughout the west communities.

about 19 hours ago


School news: Fox Chapel, Highlands, North Hills and more

School news from Pittsburgh region’s north communities.

about 19 hours ago


 The state audit of the University of Pittsburgh covered the period of July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2013.

Pitt’s screening falls short, auditor says

Six of the findings were negative and two were positive, including compliance with NCAA bylaws covering athlete eligibility, financial aid.

about 19 hours ago


 From left, Roy Sun, Jiwoo Cheon, Jerry Chen and Jiangfeng Chu, students from North Allegheny's Marshall Middle School, discuss an answer Wednesday during the final rounds of the 2015 Southwestern Pennsylvania Science Bowl against Dorseyville Middle School.

Pittsburgh-area high school, middle school teams compete in annual Science Bowl

Teams from North Allegheny Senior High School and Marshall Middle School will travel to Washington D.C. at the end of April.

1 day ago


PSU administrators' prosecutions on hold

The defendants are Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley.

1 day ago


 Jim Cyprych of Hazelwood clears snow off a crosswalk on Fort Pitt Boulevard near the Smithfield Street intersection.

Temperature plunge may make travel treacherous this evening

Snow tapered off around 9 a.m. in Pittsburgh, and a winter weather advisory was canceled. Record cold is expected tonight.

about 20 hours ago


 The entrance to Academic Hall at Point Park University, along Boulevard of the Allies.

Point Park facing Title IX inquiry

Since May, the Education Department has regularly disclosed a list of schools that its Office for Civil Rights is investigating.

about 20 hours ago


Mercyhurst University police carrying guns after incidents

The private, Catholic, liberal arts school has a 15-member police force and about 4,000 students on all campuses.

1 day ago


 Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane applauds senior scholars at the "We Promise Scholars" gathering at Duquesne University in January.

Pittsburgh schools superintendent Lane 'pleased' with Gov. Wolf's budget proposal

The school district's budget for 2015 calls for spending $556.7 million, with $245.1 million of the revenue coming from state sources.

2 days ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the state House and Senate in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Wolf delivers on his promise to boost Pennsylvania education spending

In his first budget proposal, the governor promises to increase support for school districts, community colleges and public universities.

2 days ago


Charter schools bill gets approval in Pennsylvania House

The bill would create a commission that would develop a funding formula based on actual costs for cyber charter schools.

2 days ago


Police say Aliquippa student will be charged in school attack on video

Aliquippa police Capt. Douglas Edgell said the aggressor is being charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.

2 days ago


 Rachel Lauver, 19, of PittServes and a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, sorts clothes at the William Pitt Union in Oakland on Tuesday.

Pitt 'Give a Thread' campaign collects record number of clothing donations

The clothing was collected through PittServes and will be given to charities including an on-campus shop, Thriftsburgh, opening next month.

2 days ago


 Richard Haynes, president and founder of the Carlow Chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, reads statements written on the Free Speech Wall at Carlow University in Oakland.

Carlow University 'wall' encourages free speech

Young Americans for Liberty at Carlow University encouraged students to write on two outdoor poster-boards, part of a national project.

3 days ago


 Woodland Hills School District superintendent Alan Johnson: “I could send out a directive this afternoon: Thou shalt not suspend any more students in grades K-3. I don’t want to do that.”

Superintendent: 'We're trying to change the culture. ... we’re starting to be successful'

2011-12 study put the Woodland Hills district’s K-6 suspension rate at 23.8 percent -- top 10 nationally -- but the 2013-14 rate was 16.48

4 days ago


 Philadelphia and Pittsburgh base layoffs on certification and seniority, so seniority is critical when job cuts are being made.

Lawsuit challenging Philadelphia union officials as 'ghost teachers' mirrors Pittsburgh

The lawsuit by The Fairness Center claims teachers out of the classroom for years on union duties still get raises and public pensions.

4 days ago


 A city of Pittsburgh fire truck collided with a pickup truck on Centre and 6th avenues, Downtown, this morning due to icy roads.

Flood advisory issued for Allegheny County

Slick roads caused numerous crashes and school delays in the Pittsburgh area today.

3 days ago


Therapists balk at limitations under new AIU contract

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit changed therapists from salaried to hourly employees Feb. 1 to save money.

4 days ago


Eight charged after brawl near Cal U campus

Two of the men police said were involved in the brawl at 525 Second St. around 2:30 a.m. Sunday are facing more serious charges.

4 days ago


 University of Pittsburgh chancellor Patrick Gallagher gives a speech to students and faculty after being installed as the 18th Chancellor of the University at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on Saturday.

Gallagher installed as Pitt’s chancellor

Promising to be a “champion” for students, the 18th chancellor of Pitt asserts “the undeniable societal benefit in an educated population.”

5 days ago


 Sean McGreevey, left, assistant dean for career development at Chatham University, teaches a class called "Financial Wellness." The class included, from left, senior Eir Rovira, graduate student Nick Bender and senior Nicole Werwie.

Colleges making financial literacy part of education

Young people facing debt from student loans and credit cards are finding ways to learn about handling personal finances.

5 days ago


 Carnegie Mellon University psychologist Sheldon Cohen is part of a group that has conducted groundbreaking research that focuses on how psychological factors such as social support networks, stress, emotional makeup and interpersonal conflict affect a person's susceptibility to illness.

Mind over mucus? CMU researcher gives subjects common colds to test psychological factors in immune systems

Sheldon Cohen, a CMU professor of psychology, will put three decades of groundbreaking research online. (One conclusion: Hugs do help.)

5 days ago


 The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh in 2007.

Obituary: Theodore M. Hesburgh / Transformed Notre Dame into academic powerhouse

He altered Catholic higher ed, held sway with world leaders, and strengthened the moral authority of civil rights and anti-war movements.

6 days ago


 Aaron Beam, the co-founder and former Chief Financial Officer of HealthSouth, spoke to graduate students at Carlow University on Friday, cautioning them against fraud.

‘I’m a felon’: Former HealthSouth executive cautions students against fraud

Aaron Beam, an ex-CFO, spoke Friday to graduate students at Carlow University about the company’s $2.7 billion book-cooking scheme.

6 days ago


No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

Party leaders said they had to shift the chamber’s focus to debate funding the Department of Homeland Security.

6 days ago


 Carnegie Mellon University students walk across campus in 2010. CMU received three gifts totaling $21 million this week.

CMU, Duquesne receive gifts totaling $21 million

The gifts are from Carnegie Mellon trustee and chairman-elect James E. Rohr, along with his wife, Sharon.

6 days ago


 “My original legislation would have called these institutions out as state agencies,” said state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna. “I ended up having to retreat from that.”

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.

1 week ago


Pitt seeking input on new strategic planning initiative

The Board of Trustees announced a series of campus town hall meetings scheduled for next month.

6 days ago


 The survey found favorable results -- 89 percent or more strongly in favor or somewhat in favor -- when it asked about ideas A+ Schools supports.

Survey: 55 percent approve of job Pittsburgh Public Schools is doing

The survey comes as four Pittsburgh school board seats are up for election this year, three of which are expected to be filled by newcomers.

6 days ago


Standard & Poor's upgrades bond rating for Pittsburgh Public Schools

The district's underlying rating on general obligation bonds has gone up from A- to A, and the outlook is stable.

1 week ago


 East Allegheny superintendent Roger D’Emidio.

Retiring East Allegheny superintendent reflects on his tenure

Erasing a $2.5 million deficit and building the school are two of the accomplishments of which Roger D’Emidio is most proud.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago



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