Education


Wilkinsburg School District plans to fire human resources director

The district would not specify why it was terminating its contract with Andrea Williams, who has been on full-time leave since March 28.

about 5 hours ago


Dispute over Tomalis emails may not be resolved soon

The state Department of Education moves to block the release of emails of former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis.

about 5 hours ago


Pennsylvania bill would allow teachers, school staff to bring guns to work

The measure would authorize school boards to permit teachers, administrators and other staff members to arm themselves to protect students.

about 6 hours ago


Obituary: Paul M. Bernstein / Psychologist and counselor who loved his profession

Mr. Bernstein for many years maintained a private psychology practice Downtown, moving it to Aspinwall in more recent years.

1 day ago


Enrollment losses drive Cal U to lay off 16

The university will leave another 14 vacant positions unfilled.

about 14 hours ago


Teachers, parents applaud Pittsburgh’s decision to cut back on K-5 student testing

Pittsburgh Public Schools announced it is reducing the amount of time students in K-5 spend taking required tests this school year.

2 days ago


Seven Catholic high schools in Pittsburgh Diocese make national honor roll

There were 71 schools from 26 states who were named a School of Excellence.

1 day ago


 Democratic candidate for governor Tom Wolf, left, talks with Greg Taranto, center, principal at Canonsburg Middle School, and seventh-grade social studies teacher Robert Stone.

Wolf again hits Corbett on education funding

During a campaign stop, Democrat Tom Wolf said he wants a severance tax on natural gas drilling to fund schools  if he becomes governor.

1 day ago


States collaborate to track students into workforce

Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Hawaii recently participated in a pilot project to share data on student outcomes.

2 days ago


 Slots players on the floor of the The Rivers Casino on the North Shore.

Slots cash a mixed bag for Pennsylvania taxpayers

An analysis of state data shows casinos haven’t delivered enough revenue to put a significant dent in most homeowners’ tax bills.

2 days ago


 Eileen Pisaneschi purchased the century-old, one-room schoolhouse she attended in Frenchville, Clearfield County, and maintains it as a museum.

One room, one school, many memories in rural Clearfield

At a preserved, 100-year-old, one-room schoolhouse in Clearfield County, alumni will gather to recall their days as students there.

3 days ago


 John Frechione, center, associate director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies, applauds the conclusion of a program at the University Club in Oakland on Friday.

Pitt's Latin American Studies Center broadens students’ worldview

Pitt’s Center for Latin American Studies celebrated 50 years with remembrances from some of those who used it for international careers.

4 days ago


Beleaguered ROTC officer faces child endangerment charge

A Beaver County junior ROTC instructor cited for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct has now been charged with child endangerment.

4 days ago


Pitt scientists collaborate in effort to combat the deadly MERS virus

Camels are believed to be the source infecting humans with a contagious and deadly virus spreading through the Middle East.

4 days ago


 Kevin McMahon, left, president and CEO of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, leads Jane Chu, president of the National Endowment for the Arts, on a tour Thursday of the Cultural District with Mitch Swain, CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

National arts leader tours Pittsburgh's Cultural District, urges arts in education

Jane Chu, chairwoman of the National Endowment of the Arts, is in Pittsburgh for Arts Education Partnership National Forum.

5 days ago


 Provost Patricia Beeson conveyed her decision on intellectual property rights in a letter being distributed to members of the Faculty Assembly.

Pitt postpones requiring employees to sign over intellectual property rights

Provost Patricia Beeson conveyed her decision in a letter being distributed today to members of the Faculty Assembly.

4 days ago


 The Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland.

Pitt sets deadline for transfer of intellectual property rights

Signed agreements would be needed from faculty and technical staff who submit federal grant proposals.

5 days ago


Questions raised about intellectual property rights at Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh is telling all faculty and nonclerical staff they must sign intellectual property agreements.

6 days ago


Post-Gazette open records request denied

The newspaper filed a Right-to-Know request asking for emails of the acting Department of Education secretary, Carolyn Dumaresq.

5 days ago


Legislator pushes to revise state's PlanCon program for school construction

At a Capitol news conference Wednesday, state Rep. Seth Grove, R-York, said the existing program is burdensome for school districts.

6 days ago


Pitt business dean John Delaney to step down

Mr. Delaney will return to the business faculty after a successor is named, university officials said.

5 days ago


Back to school: Classroom, building and administrative changes under way at North schools

Our roll call of schools in northern suburbs continues this week.

6 days ago


 Students arrive for the first day of school at the new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry. The school opened for students Sept. 2 at its new location. It previously was in Pittsburgh's Troy Hill neighborhood.

First days of first year go smoothly at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

The school in Cranberry is the first new Catholic high school to be built in the Pittsburgh diocese since 1967.

6 days ago


 Rosemary Anderson of Watsonville, Calif., testifies Wednesday on Capitol Hill before the Senate Aging Committee hearing to examine older Americans and student loan debt.

Seniors increasingly struggle with student debt

Tens of thousands may see their Social Security benefits docked to make the payments.

6 days ago


Fundraising goal for Norwin STEM center set at $3.5 million

Officials have a new plan to spend $6.5 million for a STEM center by reconfiguring space at the high school and building an addition.

6 days ago


Deer Lakes teachers alert district of intent to strike

The 135 teachers in the district plan to strike if a new contract isn’t reached by the end of the winter holiday break.

6 days ago


Scholars fair set at Obama Academy in East Liberty

College scholarships will be awarded at the fair Saturday to qualifying students.

6 days ago


 Teachers, parents and students march at the entry to the East Allegheny school campus Sept. 2.

'No movement' after East Allegheny teachers' negotiation talks

Tuesday's meeting was the first the education association has had with the East Allegheny School District since teachers went on strike.

6 days ago


 Terrayia  Adams, 5, gets a hug from "Ready Freddy" the frog,  as she arrives for her first day of kindergarten at Pittsburgh Langley K-8. Pittsburgh Public Schools announced a plan Tuesday to reduce the time spent in testing by as much as half in grades K-5.

Pittsburgh schools to make big cuts in testing

Pittsburgh Public Schools Tuesday announced a plan to reduce the time spent in testing by as much as half in grades K-5.

1 week ago


East Allegheny, striking teachers to meet today

The districts 133 teachers, who have been working without a contract since June 2012, went on strike last Tuesday, the first day of school.

1 week ago


 Art teacher Dennis Stocke instructs sixth-grader Antara Cleetus, center, of Boyce Middle School in Upper St. Clair on Friday. Antara  will be presented the 2014 Young Artist Award at the Arts Education Partnership National Forum in Pittsburgh this week.

National forum in Pittsburgh focuses on art's role in improving education

Supporters say benefits include teaching resilience, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.

1 week ago


Police warn of drug suspect, ask some Montour parents to pick up kids from school

Kennedy police attempted to arrest Andre Coles, 27, today on drug-related charges, but he escaped on foot.

1 week ago


Corbett urges state to continue reviewing national Common Core education standards

Gov.Tom Corbett believes national standards don’t reflect priorities of individual states and wants Pennsylvania to review for more changes.

1 week ago


Lockdown lifted for four Pittsburgh schools

There was a report of a man carrying what looked like a shotgun at Shady Avenue and Douglas Street.

1 week ago


WVU extends its fundraising campaign and sets new goal: $1 billion

West Virginia surpassed its goal more than a year early.

1 week ago


 Thomas Bour

Ross man charged with burning down his house

Thomas Bour is accused of setting the fire the day after he was served a protection order filed by his estranged wife.

1 week ago


CCAC, faculty union reach tentative agreement on new contract

The pact is expected to go before the union’s members for a ratification vote Sept. 12.

1 week ago


Westmoreland County Community College dedicates Advanced Technology Center

WCCC received funding for the center through public and private sources.

1 week ago


McKeesport teacher rehired at the top of district's pay scale

Angela DiBattista had been teaching with the district for over a decade when she was suspended in January 2006 and fired in February 2011.

1 week ago


Shaler Area board explores another option to meet school building needs

A feasibility/facility study includes four options ranging from renovations to school closings.

1 week ago


Two more Pittsburgh schools join middle school mentoring program

More than 1,500 mentees, along with their mentors, have participated in the program since it began in 2009.

1 week ago


 Michael Devlin, a freshman from  Philadelphia, left, gives a hand to Brittany Byerly, a Robert Morris University junior.

West students head back to class: Carlynton, Cornell, South Fayette, and Sto-Rox

Technology upgrades, lunch price changes and new teachers are among the changes that are greeting students.

1 week ago


New Cornell teacher contract lengthens school day

The pact also gives district teachers a 4.4 percent annual salary increase and raises the amount they pay for health care.

1 week ago


 Carolyn Boone waves to children Aug. 25 as their bus turns into the driveway to University Park Elementary School in Monroeville on the first day of school.

Crossing guards provide calming force throughout Pittsburgh area's school year

The job requires constant vigilance, crossing guards say, but the kids make the job well worth the challenge.

1 week ago


 First-grade teacher Suzanne DiSanzo helps Madelyn Hanlon, 6, to unpack her lunch at Avonworth Primary Center Friday.

Curriculum additions, lunch price changes and revamped websites among school changes

Another installment of our back-to-school roundup of schools in our north communities.

1 week ago


North Allegheny revamping proposed policy on background checks for school volunteers

The district will seek more community feedback on the policy, which had been scheduled for a vote last week.

1 week ago


State senator requests records on Tomalis

Sen. Andy Dinniman said state officials won’t produce work performed by Ron Tomalis, who resigned as adviser to Gov. Tom Corbett.

1 week ago


Physics class at Ellis shows active learning's potential

Working on real-world physics situations instead of hearing lectures helps female students at Ellis School understand the subject better.

2 weeks ago


Students, parents trying cost-saving two-year colleges as a starting point to higher ed

Such colleges may not radiate the same prestige as four-year universities, but more parents are steering their children in that direction.

2 weeks ago


Two toy guns found with Pittsburgh Liberty K-5 students

A Friday complaint said a fourth-grader had discharged a toy pellet gun, resulting in another student being hit in the book bag and leg.

2 weeks ago



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