Education


Retroactive Duquesne degree stirs controversy at Tennessee community college

Departing president’s top assistant had been hired without required credentials.

about 7 hours ago


County schools show little change in test scores

The release of test scores for 2013-14 show that scores among the schools for the most part hovered close to where they were a year ago.

about 7 hours ago


Icy roads blamed for death of truck driver in Interstate 79 crash

Police said Robert Chafin, 51, of Weirton, died when his tractor trailer rolled over about 11 p.m. Thursday as he was heading north on I-79.

1 day ago


 The Pittsburgh Public Schools' administration building in Oakland.  The 2015 budget holds the line on the property tax rate of 9.84 mills.

Pittsburgh school board OKs budget with no change in property tax rate

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board of directors unanimously approved a final budget Wednesday night of $556.8 million for 2015.

2 days ago


 A public health nurse demonstrates drawing flu vaccine from a bottle.

High-dose flu vaccine found more effective for elderly

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study finds that the frail elderly benefit from the high-dose flu vaccine.

2 days ago


Tax increase anticipated in Peters school district

Peters Township schools is expecting a $2.8 million budget deficit in the 2015-16 spending plan.

2 days ago


Early West Allegheny teacher contract ratified

The three-year agreement calls for wage increases, higher employee health care contributions and reduction in tuition reimbursements.

2 days ago


 Tegan Welsh, 10, and Ilijana Hasak, 11, work on building a robot during an after-school program based on robotics, technology and coding Monday at Quaker Valley Middle School in Sewickley.

Quaker Valley students turn to robotics after school

The workshops, funded by the Pittsburgh-based Sprout Fund, offer students in grades 4-8 a chance to learn basic robotics.

2 days ago


Canon-McMillan school board moves meetings to Thursday

School boards re-elect officers in Canon-McMillan, Chartiers Valley, McKeesport, Peters Township and Upper St. Clair.

2 days ago


Summer Dreamers Academy receives $300,000 from Heinz Endowments

Pittsburgh Public Schools' Summer Dreamers Academy received an additional $300,000 from the Heinz Endowments Wednesday.

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West school news: Chartiers Valley, Moon Area

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 Mark Brentley Sr. was elected in District 8 in 1999.

Pittsburgh school board losing veteran members

Will Pittsburgh’s Board of Education face a steep learning curve in 2016 with incumbents deciding not to run for re-election next year?

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 State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently completed a performance audit of Cheyney University.

Auditor General's report on Cheyney University paints a 'bleak' outlook

A 54-page report is likely to heighten ongoing concern, not only about Cheyney, but also some of the other 13 state-owned universities.

2 days ago


 Jan Scheuermann plays rock-paper-scissors using a robotic arm and hand during a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine project.

Brain-controlled robotic arm helps Pittsburgh woman with quadriplegia

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh connected electrodes in her brain to a robotic arm to make hand shapes and grasps possible.

3 days ago


 The performance audit document dated Dec. 10 was shared with officials at Cheyney and with the State System.

Pennsylvania audit finds Cheyney University in deep financial trouble

The 54-page report by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale paints a dire picture of the state school’s financial health.

3 days ago


Twitter ends account that targeted State College Area School District

State College police are trying to determine who made the insulting posts, and district officials say any students involved could face

3 days ago


 Pittsburgh Public Schools prepare for another year of the Summer Dreamers Academy in 2014.

Pittsburgh summer learning programs boost math scores, not other outcomes

The Wallace Foundation invested more than $50 million into the Rand study to determine how well the summer enrichment programs work.

4 days ago


 John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic, stands in front of the company's Griffin Lander at their headquarters in the Strip District.

Astrobotic and CMU land $750,000 in race to moon

Astrobotic, which is developing the lunar lander for the team's entry, won $250,000 in the “imaging” category.

3 days ago


 A state child protective services law that takes effect Dec. 31, among other things, expands background checks for school volunteers.

New Pennsylvania law expands school clearance requirements

The law, which takes effect Dec. 31, also spells out duties of teachers and other “mandated reporters” in reporting suspected child abuse.

5 days ago


Former principal at Ellis School to take the helm at North Catholic

Bishop David A. Zubik announced Ann C. Gaudino’s appointment, effective Dec. 15.

1 week ago


 University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann lies on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday. Their demonstration symbolized the 4 1/2 hours that the body of Michael Brown, a black teenager, remained on the street after he was shot in August by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

Penn president feels heat from police for 'die in'

Amy Gutmann lay on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday.

1 week ago


West Mifflin school officials’ meal costs questioned

Among the restaurants where charges were incurred were  Westwood Golf Club, Lonestar Steakhouse, Nakama, Max & Erma’s and TGI Fridays.

1 week ago


 “Members of the Board are likewise free to decide whether or not to attend any such meeting," Keith Masser wrote.

Chairman of Penn State trustees doesn't plan to attend meeting on NCAA suit

Nine alumni-elected trustees have called a special meeting Monday to persuade the school to join a lawsuit against the NCAA.

1 week ago


Wilkinsburg native tries again to open charter school

Andre Rasheen Tucker is trying for the fifth time to get his application approved after schools he founded in Ohio were shut down.

1 week ago


School closing won't result in layoffs, Moon officials say

The Moon Area School District plans to close R. Hyde Elementary School in June, but all staff will be reassigned, administrators said.

1 week ago


Gateway Middle helping foreign students find support, learn English

Former newcomers with language experience join a panel of ESL students at Gateway Middle to help ease concerns about learning English.

1 week ago


Keystone Oaks assistant superintendent resigns

Kathleen Foster, of Upper St. Clair, has been employed by the Keystone Oaks District since 1973.

1 week ago


Pressley Ridge still interested in Seville school

The North Hills school board read an open letter from Pressley Ridge and approved track design work for Martorelli Stadium.

1 week ago


North Hills school district sees more autistic, low income students

The number of autistic students increased from 7.8 percent to 12.1 percent of the student population, officials said.

1 week ago


North Allegheny School Performance Profile scores dip at elementary level

Six of the district’s seven elementary schools saw lower scores in the state’s School Performance Profile dip between 2012-13 and 2013-14.

1 week ago


 District staff must do a lot of thinking and planning about the right way to use the iPads, Steel Valley Superintendent Ed Wehrer said.

In Steel Valley, students with iPads will become the norm

An Apple donation and separate gift will be used to train teachers in how to use iPads and to buy devices for every student.

1 week ago


Shaler Area Middle School students to get iPad minis

Seventh- and eighth-graders will get the devices to start the new year as part of the 1:1 iPad initiative for middle school students.

1 week ago


State honors Quaker Valley Middle School student council

Honorees had to excel in leadership, organization, activities and evaluation, financial procedures, community outreach and communication.

1 week ago


North Pittsburgh suburban school board reorganizations

School boards are required to reorganize during the first week of December. Here's a roundup of some North reorganizations.

1 week ago


Blackhawk High School students build school spirit with lip dub video

A lip dub is a video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing and is filmed in one long clip.

1 week ago


Roundup of school board reorganizations in the west

School boards are required to reorganize during the first week of December. Here's a roundup of some West reorganizations:

1 week ago




School news: Highlands, Fox Chapel Area, Mars Area and more

School news taking place throughout the North communities.

1 week ago


 Mayor Bill Peduto, left, greets President Obama during Mr. Obama's April visit to Pittsburgh. Mr. Peduto was invited to address the president's daylong summit on early childhood education to speak about the city’s work in pre-K education.

Pennsylvania loses in competition for federal preschool grants

The U.S. Department of Education said 18 states, but not Pennsylvania, will share more than $226 million in Preschool Development Grants.

1 week ago


 Penn State University president Eric Barron

Lawmaker angered over Penn State chief's hands-up gesture

Republican state Rep. Jerry Knowles says Mr. Barron’s gesture was disrespectful and a “slap in the face to law enforcement.”

1 week ago


 Oakland Catholic student Chryssa Newman, 16, center, reacts to a mistake she made writing in Java during an Hour of Coding event Tuesday.

'Hour of Code': Youth in Pittsburgh, around globe aim to grasp computer basics

More than 1,100 events are planned throughout Pennsylvania this week to ’demystify’ computer coding.

1 week ago


Students evacuated after fire reported at Pittsburgh Perry High School

School officials said the fire was in one of the security camera areas.

1 week ago


Former Erie state senator named to board overseeing state-owned universities

Jane M. Earll, who will be sworn in Wednesday, represented Erie in the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1997 to 2013.

1 week ago


Penn-Trafford student charged with threatening to 'shoot up' high school

A student in the Penn-Trafford School District has been charged with threatening to “shoot up” the high school.

1 week ago


City Theatre brings national playwriting program to Friendship Academy

The VSA Playwright Discovery Program focuses on creating scripts that address the disability experience.

1 week ago


 Fox Chapel Area High School music teacher Mairi Cooper has been named the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.

Fox Chapel music maestro named Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year

Mairi Cooper is in her 14th year at Fox Chapel Area High School, teaching advanced placement music theory, orchestra, piano and world music.

1 week ago


Penn-Trafford student charged with threating to 'shoot up' high school

Police said an investigation determined there was nothing to substantiate the threat and that the student’s comments were meant as “a joke.

1 week ago


 The president of the University of Pennsylvania, Amy Gutmann, earns the fourth highest salary among private college and university presidents, according to a national survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Ms. Gutmann receives $2.47 million in total compensation.

Survey of pay for presidents at private universities, colleges an eye-opener

The Chronicle of Higher Education is out with its latest national survey of what private college and university presidents earn.

1 week ago


Fayette County girl faces charges after student on bus suffers broken nose, concussion

Police said a girl attacked two other girls while riding the bus home in the Connellsville Area School District.

2 weeks ago


 Nicole Young helps her son Quincy, 3, of Penn Hills create a "Freedom Corner Collage," in January at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. The museum's MakeShop program visits six schools, each one a day week throughout the school year.

Educators find networking leads to innovative ideas to encourage learning

People from many fields share ideas to enhance learning in and out of school.

2 weeks ago



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