Education


 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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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 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."

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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

School parents were told of the decision Thursday.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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Notices of possible faculty layoffs go out at five of Pa's 14 state-owned universities

The professor cuts, if they happen, would occur at the close of the 2014-15 academic year. Possible numbers have not been decided.

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Temple making standardized tests optional

Temple University announced it will move to test-optional admissions, the first public research university in the Northeast to do so.

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Police investigating CMU student found on dorm roof

The 23-year-old female student was taken to UPMC Presbyterian, where she is being treated for back injuries and two broken ankles.

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PHEAA warns of rise in financial aid scams

As state financial aid application deadlines approach, scammers are targeting college students and families.

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State board reverses Sto-Rox school board's denial of Propel charter

The board unanimously approved the charter school application on the condition that a legally compliant school building is constructed.

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 The Wilkinsburg school board hired Daniel Matsook as the district's acting superintendent.

Wilkinsburg school board hires acting superintendent

The board hired Daniel Matsook as the district's acting superintendent, making him the third person since March to hold the title.

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Lack of funding leaves void in mentoring, academic services

The Delany Scholars Program, a district initiative that provided mentoring and academic help, ended last month when funding ran out.

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 Actors dressed as Russian soldiers re-enact the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg Sunday in Szkotowo, Poland, marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

Changing times draw scant notice to WWI milepost

American students don‘‍t know much about World War I even though teachers are trying.

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Role remains ambiguous for Tom Corbett's higher education adviser, Ron Tomalis

The governor's adviser on higher education keeps a low profile and an open schedule.

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 Marques Duncan  wears his helmet and safety glasses as he works on a desk at the Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters and TechShop in Robinson.

Students at Emsworth school build their own desks

Project develops skills and work ethic for Holy Family Academy students.

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