Pittsburgh Public Schools accepts $3.4 million grant

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The Pittsburgh Public Schools board tonight accepted a nearly $3.4 million grant aimed at helping to increase student access to high-level math courses and enhance students' mathematical thinking.

The grant is part of a nearly $8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to the Education Development Center, a nonprofit in Massachusetts, which is partnering with Pittsburgh Public Schools, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University.

While nearly $3.4 million of that grant goes to the district, all of the five-year competitive grant is expected to benefit the district.

The grant is expected to affect about 13,000 students -- all of the district's students in grades 6-12.

The grant comes after two other Math and Science Partnership Awards, those made through the U.S. Department of Education, since 2010. The first was for about $760,000 and the second for about $1.3 million.

Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.

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