Math teacher Ro Casciato, center, goes over a calculus problem with Pittsburgh Allderdice High School juniors Dawill Holc, 17, and Sofia Vidic, 17, in May.

Pittsburgh public school teachers earn higher grades in new ratings

Combined, 97.1 percent of the teachers received distinguished or proficient ratings compared to 96.9 percent the prior year.

about 8 hours ago

Campus sex assault law is ‘a huge step,’ Casey says

The Campus SaVE Act, which was passed into law two years ago, went into effect Wednesday.

about 8 hours ago

Pittsburgh teacher named top biology teacher in the state

Edwina Kinchington of Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy 6-12 won the award from the National Association of Biology Teachers.

about 17 hours ago

Chevron to continue sponsoring STEM program at Carnegie Science Center

Chevron Corp. and Carnegie Science Center announced the company will donate $900,000 over the next three years for the STEM center.

about 9 hours ago

 Plum Senior High School teacher Joseph Ruggieri is accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student.

Judge revokes bond for Plum teacher accused of having sex with student

Judge Jeffrey Manning ordered that Joseph Ruggieri, 40, remain jailed and undergo a behavior clinic evaluation.

about 9 hours ago

Gateway to the Arts merges with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Gateway to the Arts provides arts education and artist training in the Pittsburgh region.

about 21 hours ago

 The Wilkinsburg school board hired former Gateway superintendent Joseph Petrella as the district’s deputy superintendent.

Wilkinsburg school board hires former Gateway superintendent

The board hired Joseph Petrella as the district’s deputy superintendent and heir apparent to the permanent top job.

1 day ago

 The contracts for teachers, paraprofessionals and clerical-technical workers represented by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers expire today without new contracts in place.

Pittsburgh teachers, support staff to continue working after contracts expire today

Pittsburgh Public Schools and Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, continue to negotiate terms to replace a contract approved in 2010.

2 days ago

State System expecting enrollment decline

Enrollment now is expected to fall by 1,697 students this fall, a bigger dip than the 862 forecast before student commitments were received.

1 day ago

 A group of 30 rabbis and other citizens hold a #MoralTakeover fast and public prayer on the steps of the Capitol in Harrisburg to draw attention to and improve public school funding in Pennsylvania.

State considers new plan to take over poorly performing schools

The Achievement School District would be run by a board appointed by the governor and Senate and House leaders.

2 days ago

Supreme Court won't take jurisdiction of state email case

Commonwealth Court will hear the case of whether state offices should retain email, pushed by media outlets including the Post-Gazette.

2 days ago

 Parent and Graduate PLUS loan interest rates will go down to 6.84 percent, instead of 7.21 percent for loans issued last year.

Student loan rates to drop for coming year

Starting Wednesday, new federal loans will have lower rates than loans taken out last year. But they likely will creep back up in 2016-2017.

2 days ago

Ex-W.Va. teacher pleads in child porn case

David Duane Will Jr., a former teacher at John Marshall High School south of Wheeling, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Wheeling.

1 day ago

 A Plum Senior High School teacher is back in jail after being charged with contacting an alleged victim in an ongoing sex case.

Plum teacher faces second intimidation charge

Joseph Ruggieri is one of two Plum Senior High School teachers accused of having sex with female students.

2 days ago

Penn Hills school board passes budget balanced with $12 million loan

The board approved in a 6-1 vote a final budget with $87.8 million in costs and $97 million in revenue.

2 days ago

 Father Dan Walsh blesses Duquesne University's new organ Sunday during its dedication in the chapel.

Duquesne University completes $500,000 renovation of chapel pipe organ

The original 24-stop, 1,290-pipe organ was installed in 1896 and was last refurbished in 1964.

3 days ago

 Teachers, parents and supporters march past the front of the Allegheny Intermidiate Unit (AIU) building at The Waterfront, May 27, 2015, in a demonstration protesting reported cuts in the teaching staff.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit's closed-door meetings raising questions

AIU is bound by the state’s open-meeting law, although it rarely holds public discussions about its operations or spending.

3 days ago

Penn Hills school board appoints superintendent

The board approved the promotion of acting superintendent Nancy Hines to superintendent for a three-year term ending in June of 2018.

2 days ago

 Annmarie Duggan.

Pitt Theatre Arts grows in programs and shows

The University of  Pittsburgh expands to five productions in 2015-16, when it will spend more time in the Charity Randall campus theater.

4 days ago

Cheyney University offered line of credit

Leaders of Pennsylvania’s state-owned university system are extending a $6.5 million line of credit to Cheyney University.

5 days ago

Penn State says it was victim of cyber attack

Following two cyberattacks on Penn State's College of Liberal Arts, the university is resetting passwords on its college-issued accounts.

5 days ago

AIU sees drop in special education students

More school districts are providing their own special education services rather than those of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit

6 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf and Republicans are at odds over the budget.

With no agreements near, Pa. lawmakers to work through weekend on budget plan

Top Democratic lawmakers say Gov. Tom Wolf has told them that he’ll veto a GOP plan that does not meet his priorities.

5 days ago

Consortium for Public Education offering summer classes for Wilkinsburg and Woodland Hills students

The Consortium for Public Education attempts to lessen the summer drain on academic growth.

6 days ago

$20 million renovation to start at South Park Middle School

A 700-seat gymnasium? This is just one feature of renovations to South Park Middle School, which begin this summer and end December 2016.

6 days ago

Bethel Park school update on target

Washington Elementary is getting new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment, light fixtures, carpeting and other improvements.

6 days ago

South Park schools get first public relations director

In his new post, Patrick Harrigan plans to connect South Park residents with their school district.

6 days ago

Baldwin-Whitehall budget battle continues

The Baldwin-Whiltehall School District is raising the mileage rate and looking for ways to save money, including cutting jobs.

6 days ago

Norwin adopts budget with tax increase

The property tax rate for 2015-16 will increase by 2 mills, which is lower than the 2.7-mill increase that had been proposed.

6 days ago

 Chef Aaron Yurek helps Erina Fortune, 11, of Wexford to make a sushi roll June 17 at the A.W. Beattie Career Center in Allison Park. The Center is hosting a summer camp of courses for about 150 high school students from all around Allegheny County. Among the courses are robotics, auto body, auto tech, pastry and culinary and building DNA models.

Beattie camp offers taste of careers to middle schoolers

Enrollment in the center’s summer day camps for grades 6-9 has grown from about 70 in 2013 to at least 151 this year.

6 days ago

Penn Hills school board to vote on final budget Wednesday

While revenues from earned income tax will bring in an additional $300,000, expenses also are expected to climb by $2.95 million.

6 days ago

Quaker Valley board approves teachers' contract

Under the pact, teachers will receive a raise of about 1.29 percent, with the individual increases based on experience and education.

6 days ago

 Patrick Graczyk, the superintendent of the Allegheny Valley School District.

Allegheny Valley hires new superintendent

Patrick M. Graczyk was hired June 15. He leaves Highlands School District after many years.

6 days ago

Shaler girls track coach asks board for help with poor conditions, safety issues

Board members suggested a meeting with the district’s new athletic director and proposed fixes for track facilities.

6 days ago

Parents upset about cancellation of Montour free pre-K program

The program was cut to save the $340,000 in annual costs, including the salary for two teachers and two paraprofessionals

6 days ago

Steel Valley discusses handicapped-accessible restrooms

The Steel Valley school board discussed improving access to restrooms and refinancing bond issues at a workshop meeting Monday.

6 days ago

 Main campus residence halls at Cal U.

California University of Pennsylvania to buy back on-campus housing

The school wants the State System of Higher Education to issue up to $76 million in bonds.

1 week ago

 Jason Cooper,

Attorney for Plum teacher charged with having sex with student argues for dismissal

Attorney Michael DeRiso says the sexual assault charges should be dismissed because the alleged victim was a consenting adult.

1 week ago

North Allegheny budget to raise taxes, includes iPads, laptops

Sixth-graders will receive iPads, while the ninth and 10th graders will receive laptop computers.

1 week ago

New administrators named in the Keystone Oaks District

Several administrative changes were made at Thursday’s meeting of the Keystone Oaks School Board of Directors.

6 days ago

 “Parents and grandparents put their financial futures on the line by co-signing private student loans to help family members achieve the dream of higher education,” said Richard Cordray, CFPB director

Co-signers often caught in private student loans

The vast majority of consumers, 90 percent, are being rejected for a co-signer release on their private student loans.

1 week ago

Pittsburgh schools move ahead on operating alternative program

The board voted to pay Victory Companies $132,480 to help the district get its own alternative school on the North Side, off the ground.

1 week ago

Pittsburgh school board approves changes to Code of Student Conduct

The changes more clearly spell out ways to help keep students in school and provide additional due process rights to students.

1 week ago

Three more city schools to use national math/science program

The national program is is being expanded to include Allderdice High School, Carrick High School and CAPA 6-12.

1 week ago

Pittsburgh school board to reopen public safety career and technical education program

The program will be aimed at students who want to become police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians.

1 week ago

Key personnel moves OK'd for Pittsburgh schools

The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools approved several key personnel changes tonight.

1 week ago

 Vanessa Boyd, enrollment coordinator with The Hill House Passport Academy Charter School, high-five's student Khadijah Geter during rehearsal for graduation. The school will be holding it's first ever graduation today.

Hill House charter school holding first graduation

In its inaugural year, Hill House Passport Academy Charter School will turn out 40 graduates.

1 week ago

Substitute teacher charged with having student send inappropriate photos

Lower Burrell police said Mr. Geibel first contacted the girl about mutual interests when he subbed at Burrell High in 2013.

1 week ago

 Auditor General Eugene DePasquale's initial agency audit work was expanded after questions arose last summer about the work of Ron Tomalis, former state Education Secretary appointed as special adviser for higher education by then-Gov. Tom Corbett.

Pennsylvania education agency audit likely to seek changes to adviser role

State Auditor General Euqene DePasquale says the audit likely will contain "strong recommendations" for change within the department.

1 week ago

 Kerry Walk

Pittsburgh native ascends to NYC college presidency

Kerry Walk, a Winchester Thurston graduate, will become the eighth president of Marymount Manhattan in July.

1 week ago