Education


 From left, Spring Hill Elementary School aide Becky Zastawa, second-grade teacher Kristin Davis, music teacher Amy Cale, and others perform an exercise Friday during a training session on restorative practices.

22 Pittsburgh schools to use discipline aimed more at understanding than punishment

The district is geared for a whole-school approach to improve student behavior.

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 A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis is moved from its location in front of the school's main tower the University of Texas campus on Sunday.

University of Texas takes down statues of Jefferson Davis, Woodrow Wilson

The Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans failed to win a court injunction to block the plan.

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Plum High School heightens awareness of its policies on reporting abuse

Safety changes are in place in Plum schools as students return in the wake of the arrests of three teachers last spring.

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 Emily Kennedy of Marinus Analytics presents her company at the UpPrize competition held July 31 in the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side.

CMU grad builds cybersleuthing tool to snare sex traffickers

Emily Kennedy’s company had its roots in her senior thesis at CMU and now helps law enforcement officials find human trafficking criminals.

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 Former St. Paul’s School stu­dent Owen Labrie was found not guilty Fri­day of the most se­ri­ous charges against him in a sex as­sault case that has scan­dal­ized the New Hamp­shire prep school.

Former student convicted of sex charges in scandal at exclusive New England prep school

The case exposed a tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with.

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 Drew Zoldak, shown here in May, is on unpaid leave from his position as a science teacher.

Plum teacher faces trial in witness intimidation

Drew Zoldak is accused of identifying a young woman who was the alleged victim of an institutional sexual assault by another teacher.

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Children's Museum of Pittsburgh receives grants

With money from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and Chevron, the Children's Museum will start maker spaces in West Virginia.

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McKeesport schools seeks credit line until state budget passes

The money will be used as needed to pay bills until the district receives funding from the state.

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Chartiers Valley considers withholding payments to charter schools until budget impasse ends

The district also may withhold payments to the state retirement program due to the lack of a state budget.

3 days ago


 MacKenzy Linger looks for her locker at the start of  kindergarten orientation at  Bon Meade Elementary in the Moon School District.

Students in Pittsburgh's west suburbs head back to school

An overview of the coming school year in Pittsburgh western suburbs.

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 West View Borough crossing guard Debbie Hall shepherds students across busy Perry Highway to West View Elementary on the first day of school in the North Hills School District. She's been a crossing guard for nine years.

Students in Pittsburgh's north suburbs head back to school

An overview of the coming school year in Pittsburgh northern suburbs.

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Citizens panel offers suggestions for Penn Hills schools

The committee is focusing on two areas of the financially troubled district: state reimbursement for construction and transportation costs.

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North Allegheny school director Schwartzmier resigns

Thomas Schwartzmier has been appointed to Franklin Park council and can’t serve in both positions.

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North Allegheny completes most building improvements

The work costs $8.5 million. Some work will continue through the school year but isn’t expected to cause disruption.

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Shaler Area will replace Rogers Primary School

The school was damaged by fire in April. Students will continue to be housed in Burchfield school until the new building opens in 2017.

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 A Brentwood High School engineering group will compete by building and ''driving'' small scale cars in September in Singapore. Pictured is the Noctis car.

Brentwood 'car designers' headed to Singapore for competition

The five students will race a balsa wood car they designed and built that is one-twentieth scale and powered by C02.

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Moon Area superintendent gets past year’s raise

Residents complained to the school board Monday night when details of a 3 percent raise for Mr. Baker were not available to the public.

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Students in Pittsburgh's south suburbs head back to school

An overview of the coming school year in Pittsburgh southern suburbs.

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 Wilkinsburg High School seniors, from left, Remy McIntyre, 17, Chelsea Martin, 18, and Anfrenee Fleming, 17, hang out in the cafeteria before the beginning of the first day of school Tuesday.

Students in Pittsburgh's east suburbs head back to school

Here is an overview of the upcoming school year in the East.

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 While some of the mistakes did not necessarily make students ineligible for aid, a state review classified 47 percent of the records at Cheyney University as ineligible.

Review finds federal aid at Cheyney University mishandled

As much as $29.6 million in federal financial aid might have to be returned, more than half of the financial aid received over three years.

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 James Vivenzio

Plaintiff in Penn State hazing suit, lawyers tour frat house

Kappa Delta Rho, which owns the property, has been suspended and a different fraternity was set to take over the property this weekend.

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Pittsburgh school board picks Westinghouse for public safety program

The program, will be open to students from through the city who want to become police officers, firefighters and emergency technicians.

4 days ago


Pittsburgh schools' Title I and Title II grant shrink

The board approved $15.1 million in federal Title I money allocated via that state.

4 days ago


Pittsburgh board advances plan to close Arlington school, renovate Mount Oliver building

The board took the first step toward closing Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8 and renovating the now-closed Phillip Murray in time for next fall.

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Belle Vernon teachers in class today after agreement reached

Shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday school board president Aaron Bialon announced that a tentative contract agreement had been reached

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 Teacher Barb Leach, left, talks with Mike Evans, Wilkinsburg Education Association president while he waits to speak during a legislative session of the Wilkinsburg School Board on Tuesday.  At far right is teacher Judy Baudoux.

Wilkinsburg school board votes to hire former Penn Hills business manager

Richard Liberto's tenure was shadowed in controversy after a multi-million dollar deficit was discovered in the district's finances.

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 Natarajan Chandrasekaran, CEO and managing director of Tata Consultancy Services, and CMU President Subra Suresh, right, sign the agreement.

Carnegie Mellon gets $35M donation

The gift from Tata Consultancy Services, an India-based tech company, will build an innovation center on Forbes Avenue.

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 Davaisha Bush, left, and Miranda Diggs react as their names are called during the United Way Be There 30-Day Challenge  ceremony honoring students' attendance at Pittsburgh Faison K-5 in Homewood in June 2014. The school was awarded a $1.5 million federal grant, it was announced today.

Five schools in Pittsburgh awarded federal improvement grants

Schools winning the grants are among the lowest achieving in the state and have agreed to follow a federal reform model.

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 One state legislator called protecting student data privacy and security “something Democrats and Republicans can agree on.”

Pennsylvania lawmakers consider offering legislation to protect student privacy

Lawmakers says Pennsylvania should explore a state law to protect student data privacy and security.

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 Some district officials said they face a balancing act. They want to protect student privacy, but they don’t want to tangle innovative, tech-savvy teachers in bureaucratic red tape.

Surveillance Society: Review shows few safeguards against student privacy leaks

Few Pennsylvania schools are checking websites and apps for privacy leaks, notifying parents and training teachers.

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 Nolan Burch, 18, died after consuming a large quantity of alcohol at a Kappa Sigma fraternity event on Nov. 11.

Overhaul of Greek life set to begin at WVU

An administrator will soon oversee the actions of sororities and fraternities at the school.

1 week ago


Allegheny Intermediate Unit board continues reductions in staff

The board eliminated 12 full-time and four part-time positions and will close a small program for preschoolers with autism.

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 Derrick Robinson, standing in front of Falk Hall, is part of the first class at Chatham University to accept men as undergrads.

Chatham University prepares for its first coed undergraduate class

Founded as a women’s college in 1869, Chatham has been accepting men as graduate students for years, but not in the undergraduate college.

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 "Whether a budget impasse is a week old or months old, it creates a level of uncertainty [for districts]," said state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, shown here in April.

Pittsburgh-region schools plan around Pennsylvania budget stalemate

Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera said he did not know of any districts that wouldn’t be able to open on time because of the impasse.

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 Carnegie Mellon University researcher Theresa Dankovich is developing filter paper treated with silver nanoparticles in her Porter Hall lab that can be used to remove bacteria from water.

For clean water, take a page from Carnegie Mellon researcher’s book

Theresa Dankovich, postdoctoral research associate in CMU’s civil and environmental engineering department, developed a “drinkable book.“

1 week ago


Belle Vernon Area teachers say they will strike next week

The teachers are willing to go back to the bargaining table, their union says.

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 R Buck Gray, center, and other Penn Hills residents talk about the district's budget shortfall during a Penn Hills School Board meeting earlier this year.

State auditor general set to examine Penn Hills schools

The audit was requested by state Rep. Tony DeLuca after the district revealed this spring that it had an $8.9 million deficit.

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Belle Vernon Area teachers say they will strike Tuesday

The teachers said they had offered salary and other concessions but were rebuffed.

1 week ago


Grove City College four-year campaign raises $95 million

Officials said the just-completed fundraising effort surpassed its initial goal by $5 million.

1 week ago


Canonsburg Middle School students fill backpacks for classmates

Student council members got supplies and loaded 125 backpacks for students who can’t afford them.

1 week ago


Hempfield Area asks: Build or renovate high school?

The district is seeking bids for estimates of the cost of renovating or building.

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Shaler Area discusses future of Rogers Primary School

The board must decide whether to renovate the current building or construct a new one. Rogers was damaged by fire in April.

1 week ago


Montour volleyball coach retained, despite complaint

A family said coach Kirsten Burkes cut two sisters from the team improperly.

1 week ago


Online textbooks coming for some classes in Peters

Middle and high school students in world language courses will access to the online tools, which will include more features.

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North Hills schools sell homes on district property

The board also formally recognized the Buddy Program, a club at the high school.

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Montour partners with CMU for research center

CMU researchers will work side-by-side with school staff members.

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Keystone Oaks School District hires new director of fiscal services

The school board also approved change orders for its ongoing paving projects.

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Elizabeth Forward School District can operate through December without state funds, official says

The state delay in finalizing a budget is holding up payments to school districts.

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Norwin school board looks at test scores, supplies

Also, because of a change in the law regarding background checks, officials said most fall field trips will not be held.

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Seneca Valley Academy of Choice dance students can obtain associate degree

Dance students at the Seneca Valley district’s cyber school will be able to receive a degree from Community College of Beaver County.

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