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 Search warrants served on the district Tuesday sought student and staff records dating to 2007.

Grand jury hears evidence in Plum High sex inquiry

The grand jury is looking into whether administrators and staff members knew of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.

about 10 hours ago


 Penn State president Eric Barron

Penn State's president puts fraternity life under microscope

PSU president Eric Barron wants the university to raise the stakes for fraternities to model better behavior.

about 10 hours ago


 Xi Xiaoxing, chairman of Temple University’s physics department.

Authorities: Temple U. professor offered China data on U.S.-made device

Xi Xiaoxing, 47, a former professor at Penn State, was awarded a Defense Department grant in 2004 to purchase the device for research.

about 2 hours ago


Complaints shorten Common Core tests

The testing should be shortened by 90 minutes next year.

about 10 hours ago


 Gerald "Jerry" Costanzo has published more than 400 poems, articles and literary essays as well as seven of his own poetry collections.

Newsmaker you should know / CMU professor knew his calling as a child

Gerald “Jerry” Costanzo teaches English at the university and also is founding director of Carnegie Mellon University Press.

about 10 hours ago


Mt. Lebanon approves teacher contract extension, budget with tax hike

Taxes will increase by 0.40 mills; the contract extension provides for a raise of 3.17 percent per year.

about 10 hours ago


 Residents walk past a sign outside a polling station in Bellevue against the legalization of alcohol sales in the borough. Residents voted Tuesday on the ballot question to legalize alcohol.

North election roundup: Bellevue lifts ban on alcohol sales; Save NA Schools group wins seats

Former Mars Area superintendent William Pettigrew also was nominated to a seat on that board. He retired in 2013 after 26 years in the job.

about 10 hours ago


Ambridge High School seniors raise $14,000 for dog park

Lexi Korol and Lexi Palombo, students at Ambridge Area High School, created a dog park in Walter Panek Park for their senior project.

about 10 hours ago


 Dolores Manuel, of Fair Oaks, is the theater director and talks to her students at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart as they rehearse for a production on May 14. The school has been invited to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School students to perform in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The theater department of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School recently learned it has been selected to perform for 90 minutes.

about 10 hours ago


Franklin Regional school directors approve budget with tax hike

Franklin Regional taxes will increase to fund a new budget, which will allow physical improvements to be made to schools.

about 10 hours ago


Proposed Keystone Oaks budget holds line on taxes

Taxes have been steady at 18.63 mills for three years.

about 10 hours ago


Keystone Oaks summer lunch program begins June 15

The program, to be set up at seven sites, could feed up to 500 children this summer.

about 10 hours ago


 Rick Rechenberg

Resume: A newsmaker you should know / Teacher Richard Rechenberg recognized for more than his plaid shirts

Richard Rechenberg, a teacher at Holy Sepulcher Catholic School, has been honored by the Pennsylvania Council on American Private Education.

about 10 hours ago


West school news: Moon Area and West Allegheny

School news from throughout the west communities.

about 10 hours ago


 Lianne Danko.

Ringgold High School latest to be rocked by sex scandal

A former guidance counselor from Rostraver has been charged with three counts of institutional sexual assault.

about 10 hours ago


 Alan Gutchess, left, director of the Fort Pitt Museum, looks on as Andrew Masich, president of the Heinz History Center, talks about a new exhibit at the Fort Pitt Museum.

Fort Pitt exhibit takes new look at Indian captivity

Fort Pitt’s “Captured by Indians: Warfare & Assimilation on the 18th Century Frontier” exhibit opens Friday in Point State Park.

about 11 hours ago


North Allegheny school board trying to eliminate tax hike from budget

The North Allegheny school board approved a proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year that has a tax increase.

1 day ago


 Lovie Blackman, 11, a fifth-grader from Sheraden, reacts to her increased heartbeat being shown on a computer during a demonstration by Mike Hennessy, program development coordinator at the Carnegie Science Center.

Carnegie Science Center, AHN introduce educational program on anatomy

The BodyWorks program is targeted at upper-level elementary and middle school students.

1 day ago


Penn Hills schools obtains funding to cover some of its debts

Despite appeals to multiple lenders for an $18 million loan, the district could only obtain a 90-day loan for $12 million from PNC bank.

1 day ago


 The school funding case was filed in November by six school districts, seven parents and two statewide associations.

Commonwealth Court decision on Pa. school funding appealed

The plaintiffs maintain that state officials are failing to meet their constitutional obligation for an adequate system of public education.

1 day ago


 Two Plum Senior High School teachers have been accused of having sexual relationships with students.

DA investigators back at Plum High School gathering information in sex cases

Superintendent Timothy Glasspool said the district is cooperating, providing all materials in multiple search warrants served Tuesday.

1 day ago


Shaler Area High students dismissed early after 'suspicious' device found

Police said the device was found on Sunday by a district employee and police were notified this morning.

1 day ago


Ligonier Valley School District reports case of MRSA at elementary school

MRSA -- methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- is a type of staph infection that cannot be treated with many standard antibiotics.

1 day ago


 J. Matthew Simon served as president of Point Park University from 1986 to 1995.

Obituary: J. Matthew Simon / Former Point Park president

Mr. Simon was president of the institution for nearly a decade, stepping down in 1995.

1 day ago


NCAA honors Pitt men's basketball, women's tennis teams for academics

Both teams finished in the top 10 percent of their respective sports, with the newest data representing the 2010-14 period.

1 day ago


Preliminary budget for West Jefferson Hills schools raises taxes

The increased revenue will provide for debt service payments for the future Thomas Jefferson High School.

1 day ago


$3.8M from fund balance allows Gateway schools to hold line on taxes

The board voted 8-1 to approve a preliminary budget with expenditures of $72,641,000. Board member Janice Rawson voted against the plan.

1 day ago


 Scenes from previous gathering of "Chocolate Camp" at Country Confection in Canonsburg.

The Food Column: Sweet summer camp in Pittsburgh area

What kid wouldn’t want to spend some time at a candy store?

2 days ago


 Lynda Wrenn

Holley, Wrenn, Kaleida earn nominations in Pittsburgh Public Schools board

With more than 99 percent of the vote counted, the only potential contested race appears to be in District 8.

2 days ago


 A student walks across the sign at Plum Senior High School during April protests at the school.

Teacher sex inquiry at Plum grows; DA seeks eight students’ files

The district’s superintendent says he is working with investigators to gather the information they need.

2 days ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf listens to Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane today before his Schools That Teach roundtable discussion at Pittsburgh Roosevelt PreK-5 School in Carrick.

Wolf, Pittsburgh school administrators discuss proposed funding

A handful of administrators, including superintendent Linda Lane, gave presentations at the panel in Carrick.

2 days ago


District: Norwin teacher suspended for inappropriate texts to student

District officials declined comment on the suspension because it is a personnel issue.

3 days ago


 Plum teachers will be in class themselves Tuesday for a refresher on how and when to report suspected child sexual abuse.

Plum teachers get refresher on how, when to report child sexual abuse

The attorney for an accused teacher believes Plum school administrators knew of a permissive culture and inappropriate relationships.

4 days ago


 Krista Terpack, senior graphic designer at Chatham University, takes a picture of the students outside the school chapel during graduation rehearsal.

Chatham University graduates final class as an all-female school

This fall, the Shadyside school will have undergraduate men on campus for the first time, breaking a tradition that began in 1969.

4 days ago


 Clare Zupan, 21, of West Point, N.Y., is the last graduate of Chatham University as an all-female undergraduate school.

Chatham’s graduation historic

Chatham president Esther Barazzone thanked the students for being gracious even when they disagreed with Chatham's planned transition.

3 days ago


 In a recent study, a CMU professor found that couples who increased their frequency of sex had a slightly lower happiness level than couples whose sexual frequency remained unchanged. “They were, if anything, less happy,” said George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology. “They ended up wanting sex less and enjoying the sex that they did have less.”

Does more sex make couples happier? Study's results dispute CMU professor's expectations

Carnegie Mellon professor George Loewenstein said results of a “sex and happiness“ study on married couples may not reflect real life.

4 days ago


 Actor Alan Alda, right, shares a light moment with Carl E. Wieman, a Nobel laureate, at Carnegie Mellon University's 118th commencement Sunday.

Actor Alan Alda's message to CMU grads: 'Be all the yous that you are'

The former M.A.S.H. star spoke to students — including his grandson, Scott — Sunday at the school’s 118th commencement ceremony.

4 days ago


 Joan Mukogosi, a student at Winchester Thurston, speaks Friday during the rally "Black Lives Matter" outside of the Pittsburgh Board of Education administration building in Oakland.

Rally calls for more diversity in classes, teachers

About 100 students, teachers and community members went to the Board of Education building on Friday with specific demands.

6 days ago


China hackers make Penn State unplug engineering computers

Penn State University says Chinese hackers have breached its engineering school’s computers for two years.

6 days ago


Pittsburgh, Japanese robotics teams work together in race to the moon

‘Co-opetition’ brings rivals Astrobotic and its partner CMU, and Japanese team HAKUTO to LaFarge company slag site in West Mifflin.

1 week ago


Pennsylvania School Boards Association files Right-to-Know requests on charter school spending

Nathan Mains said the information will help to better understand how charter schools operate and provide transparency to taxpayers.

6 days ago


 Mihir Garimella, 15, a sophomore at Fox Chapel Area High School, shows off his project, a biologically inspired flying sensor platform for autonomous emergency response.

Three Pittsburghers win prizes at the at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

About 600 of the 1,700 finalists at the fair received awards in Friday morning’s ceremony.

6 days ago


Allegheny County apprenticeship program offers high schoolers a peek at future careers

Applications are being accepted for the 2015-16 school year.

1 week ago


 ''I really enjoyed school and did not want to miss anything,'' she said," Spencer Lawson said.

South Allegheny senior has perfect attendance record

Spencer Lawson will receive special recognition on June 5 during the South Allegheny High School commencement.

1 week ago


 Students from the Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh act out author David Ira Rottenberg’s story “Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig” at Myrtle Avenue Elementary School.

Ballet brings author's story to life for Keystone Oaks students

David Ira Rottenberg read his children’s book “Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig” during assemblies.

1 week ago


Mt. Lebanon school board plans to OK contract extension with teachers

The board also is considering raising the property tax rate by 0.40 mills for next year, rather than the original proposal of 0.42 mills.

1 week ago


Penn Hills school directors seek savings in operations

The district has a $9 million budget deficit in 2015 and a $10 million deficit in 2016.

1 week ago


 Kristina Bilderback

New principal named for Highcliff Elementary School

The North Hills school board has hired Kristina Bilderback as the new principal for Highcliff Elementary School in Ross. She starts July 1.

1 week ago


Sto-Rox and Propel talks are stalled

The school district is attempting to remain viable as charter schools move into its territory.

1 week ago


Seneca Valley may expand foreign language program to K-4 students

Assistant superintendent Sean McCarty said it started a world language program this school year for fifth- and sixth-graders.

1 week ago



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