Education


Teachers union: Poor school districts hurt most by funding cuts

A PSEA report says poor school districts have fared worse than wealthy ones in state funding and student performance.

about 5 hours ago


 New students and their families check out one of two newly remodeled Pre-K classrooms at the open house  at J.W. Burkett Elementary School in Robinson.

West back to school roundup

Renovated classrooms, different teachers, upgraded technology and expanded programs greeted West students who returned to classes this week.

about 11 hours ago


West Jefferson Hills removes D'Alessandro as board's first vice president

Board President Anthony Angotti said Shauna D'Alessandro shared a report from a private session and didn’t share information from a meeting.

about 12 hours ago


Education circuit riders coming to Pennsylvania

Eleven educators will meet with officials to discuss school funding.

1 day ago


McKeesport Area teacher fired for having sex in classroom reinstated

Commonwealth Court ruled the district wrongfully terminated Angela DiBattista after promising her immunity to testify about the incident.

about 5 hours ago


Furloughed city schools employees return

By the time the board of Pittsburgh Public Schools voted on nine furloughs, all but one part-time teacher already had been called back.

about 7 hours ago


Stabbed Franklin Regional security guard fired

A security guard who helped end the stabbing spree at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville in April was fired without cause.

1 day ago


 This is an image of the parietal cortex of the brain, which translates what you see with your eyes. This is the type of research that will be undertaken by the BrainHub.

CMU unfolds BrainHub research effort

The University of Pittsburgh will join the “major hub for brain research across the globe” on brain circuitry, function, diseases and

1 day ago


Armed robbery near Grove City College leads to lockdown; 1 suspect arrested, no one injured

Grove City College’s campus was locked down for about three hours this morning and a convocation was postponed after a nearby armed robbery.

1 day ago


Wilkinsburg School District offers new honors classes for students

The district met the requirements for the courses, that will be offered in the revamped curriculum for the merged middle and high school.

1 day ago


State schools emerge as backers of Obama’s college ratings

State universities are backing President Obama’s proposed scorecard for colleges in the hope that it will steer more federal aid to them.

2 days ago


PSU president staying out of restructuring fray

Penn State president Eric Barron is not saying if he supports one of the restructuring plans under consideration.

2 days ago


 The American Academy of Pediatrics announced today that it is recommending that middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later, drawing on research that points to teenagers’ need for 8½ to 9½ hours of sleep. Students at North Hills Middle School, above, work on a computer at school in the spring.

Experts urge later start times for students in higher grades

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending middle and high schools start classes at 8:30 a.m. or later.

3 days ago


 A teachers looks over displays designed by fellow educators after a recent training course at the Pittsburgh Gifted Center in Crafton Heights.

Pittsburgh schools to accentuate reading fluency for youngest students

A child’s third-grade reading level is a key predictor of later academic success, experts say.

3 days ago


Penn Hills school transportation director resigns

In spite of changing transportation companies, the first day of school was marred by late buses throughout the district.

2 days ago


 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

Mayor Peduto announces early childhood education panel to apply for grant

There will be up to $20 million a year in Pennsylvania under federal Preschool Development Grants, and the panel will write a proposal.

2 days ago


Blackhawk teachers await labor ruling

Teachers are waiting to hear whether they will get a raise included in a contract that was passed last year then revoked by a new school

3 days ago


 U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks during his visit to Pittsburgh Aug. 13. Also pictured are, from left, Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald  and Mayor Bill Peduto.

Education Secretary Duncan: Too much focus on testing

Federal officials allow to seek a delay in using student tests in teacher evaluation, but Pennsylvania doesn’t expect to apply.

6 days ago


 Ron Tomalis

State officials show parking record for Tomalis

Records show Ron Tomalis entered and exited a garage used by employees of the Department of Education on 126 days this year.

6 days ago


Former CMU dean of computer science advising White House Policy Office

Randal E. Bryant is using his yearlong sabbatical to teach White House officials the ins and outs of data science.

6 days ago


Commission examines Pennsylvania school funding

Speakers noted the difficulty of reaching a formula that could fairly distribute state money to the many types of schools in Pennsylvania.

1 week ago


 Angel Butler, left, and Zyier Gibson, students at Sunnyside Elementary School in Stanton Heights, enjoy lunch.

Pittsburgh Public Schools to offer free lunches to all students, regardless of income

The school district already provides free breakfasts for all students.

1 week ago


 Tia Ellis, a health careers teacher, and Darcy Tyhonas, an English teacher at Pittsburgh Perry, instruct students in 2013.

Pittsburgh Public Schools' state test scores inch higher

The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools took a first look at 2014 state test scores that show some improvement over the prior year.

1 week ago


Woodland Hills faces teacher shortage as first day of school approaches

The school district is facing a shortage of four teachers as of Wednesday night due to recent resignations received in the past week.

1 week ago


Wiretaps in Trombetta case weren’t illegal, prosecutors say

The brief seeks to counter a motion by Nick Trombetta's legal team seeking dismissal of the indictment or suppression of key evidence.

1 week ago


Wolf campaign continues to hammer Corbett

Fresh Start is bringing its Tomalis protests to Pittsburgh as part of a statewide effort to dog Gov. Tom Corbett.

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett said today he would consider filling the higher education adviser position if re-elected.

Corbett defends education adviser who resigned amid questions about duties

Gov.Tom Corbett said Ron Tomalis “did his work” despite others calling for his ouster after the Post-Gazette found little work product.

1 week ago


 Fourth-grader Annabelle Little, left, 9, and her grandmother Melvinor Jones, 66, tour the new Penn Hills Elementary School after the opening ceremony Saturday.

Community gets a look at new Penn Hills Elementary School

The newly consolidated elementary school is expected to be a “one stop shop” of resources and services for students.

2 weeks ago


Norwin revises plans for school district's STEM center

The new $6.5 million plan would reconfigure and reuse some space at the high school and add onto the high school.

2 weeks ago


 U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, center, talks to Niare Jordan, 5, right, a  student at the Hug Me Tight Childlife Center in the Hill District.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicks off preschool grant competition in Pittsburgh

Mr. Duncan said early childhood education is "the most important investment we can make."

2 weeks ago


 Ron Tomalis.

Tomalis resigns as education adviser to Corbett

His resignation comes two weeks after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette found little evidence of work at his post as adviser to the governor.

2 weeks ago


Cornell School District shows willingness to talk merger with Moon

Cornell’s superintendent will continue discussing the possibility of merger with Moon’s superintendent before any formal action.

2 weeks ago


State Department of Education accepting applications for mentoring grant program

Through the program, high-achieving schools can apply to become mentors to low-achieving schools.

2 weeks ago


Education Secretary Arne Duncan to visit Pittsburgh this week

Duncan will be here Wednesday as part of a two-day forum on early childhood education initiatives.

2 weeks ago


 Carnegie Mellon University students head up The Cut on the school's Oakland campus.

CMU discontinues C-MITES summer programs for gifted youths

The decision follows a drop in interest and rise in similar programs elsewhere, including online, a statement said.

2 weeks ago


 Cheron Payne, left, hooks up the fittings on a rain barrel while  Josh Tarun, center, and Deshaun McClendon, right, install a diverter Thursday in Larimer.

Summer Student Conservation workers get job done

Student Conservation Association crews advance East End watershed project and build and improve trails in parks throughout the city.

2 weeks ago


 New students at San Diego State University watch a video on sexual consent during an orientation meeting in San Diego. Defining consensual sex is a growing trend by universities under pressure to do more to protect victims.

California debates ‘yes means yes’ sex assault law

Universities around the U.S. that are facing pressure over the handling of rape allegations are adopting policies to define consensual sex.

2 weeks ago


 Penn Hills school board president Denise Graham-Shealey, left, and Penn Hills Elementary School principal Kristin Brown untie the ribbon during the new Penn Hills Elementary School opening ceremony on Saturday.

Penn Hills residents tour new school that’s ‘so beautiful’

Penn Hills opens a gleaming new elementary school for 1,300 students, consolidating five schools to improve instruction and cut costs.

2 weeks ago


State releases first performance scores for school districts

School Performance Profile scores for districts in 2012-13 put North Allegheny at the top and Wilkinsburg at the bottom in Allegheny County.

2 weeks ago


 A judge ruled Friday in favor of Ed O'Bannon's landmark lawsuit against the NCAA. Commissioner Mark Emmert (above) was one of many NCAA executives who testified in the case.

NCAA rejected in suit over amateurism

In court, many doomsday scenarios were presented by NCAA attorneys about what a world in which college athletes were paid would look like.

2 weeks ago


 Angelina Velotta, from left, John Durant and Alyssa Bake prepare backpacks to give away Thursday to 213 children at The Salvation Army Homewood Worship and Service Center.

Free backpacks ease increasing costs for disadvantaged kids

The Salvation Army gave away 200 backpacks in Homewood Thursday, part of 2,000 the program will distribute in the area before school begins.

2 weeks ago


St. John the Baptist school to close K-5 program

School parents were told of the decision Thursday.

2 weeks ago


Two local schools receive special improvement grants

Duquesne ($1.3 million) and the Academy Charter School in Carrick ($571,597) will use the money to improve staff and management.

2 weeks ago


 Students from Pittsburgh Public Schools' Summer Dreamers Academy's Arts in Action program at Pittsburgh Faison school, perform "This Little Light of Mine" on Tuesday at Brashear High School. The program is geared to help students from disadvantaged families bridge the summer achievement gap.

Pittsburgh students hold rally for peace at Brashear High

The Rally for Change began in the Hill District eight years ago, conceived as an artistic way for students to push for an end to violence.

3 weeks ago


Pittsburgh school board approves revised code of conduct

The new conduct code incorporates some recommendations made by students last year and is designed to provide discretion and cut suspensions.

3 weeks ago


 Opening remarks from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane, pictured, will kick off Tuesday's event.

Rally offers Pittsburgh Public Schools' youth chance to grow through art

Artwork by students who partook in the Art Activism program of the Pittsburgh Public Schools' Summer Dreamers Academy will be featured.

3 weeks ago


 Ron Tomalis, then Pennsylvania secretary of education, in September 2011.

Corbett calls education adviser Tomalis 'not a ghost employee'

Questions about Mr. Tomalis’ work effort in the past year arose this week following the publication of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story.

3 weeks ago


 Ron Tomalis

Gov. Corbett says Ron Tomalis is not a 'ghost employee'

The department did not order a nameplate for his office door until Tuesday, two days after a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story raised questions.

3 weeks ago


 Ron Tomalis

Pennsylvania senator calls for inquiry of education adviser

Former secretary of education Ron Tomalis was appointed special adviser in June 2013, but was permitted to keep his cabinet-level salary.

3 weeks ago


 Sen. Joe Manchin, left, D-W.Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., speak in April about background checks for gun purchases. The pair’s proposal was ultimately rejected, but their new bipartisan compromise requires more background checks for public school employees.

Senate bill would require school background checks

Congress may find it easier to require background checks for teachers than for weapons purchasers.

3 weeks ago



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