Obituary: Albert C. Van Dusen / Administrator raised Pitt’s international profile

Albert C. Van Dusen was a University of Pittsburgh administrator who forged international ties.

about 19 hours ago

 Brennan McCann , a senior at South Fayette High School, talks about the problems during production of "swarf," long curly metal remains. Students from Upper St. Clair and South Fayette high schools joined together to try to solve real-world problems for local companies.

Upper St. Clair, South Fayette students aim to 'change the world' through STEAM

The high school students collaborated to suggest to Cecil cookware maker ways to improve technology and save resources.

1 day ago

 Hannah Nolte, 17, of Moon Area High School, finishes working on a vanilla cake during a culinary arts class at one of the remodeled kitchens at the Parkway West Career and Technology Center Wednesday.

Culinary upgrades in line with student needs at vocational school

State-of-the-art improvements to kitchens at Parkway West Career and Technology Center are more closely attuned to industry standards.

1 day ago

North Allegheny calendar for 2015-16 school year approved

Board approves hiring a consultant to review operations of the North Allegheny Foundation.

1 day ago

Steel Valley school board appoints coaches

One board member laments the lack of interviews with other candidates for the top job in the Steel Valley football program.

1 day ago

East notables: Monessen High students earn financial awards

The following Monessen High School students have received financial awards through The Challenge Program Inc. for excelling in specific

1 day ago

 The "Discover PPS" section of the Pittsburgh Public Schools' website includes budget information for each of the district's neighborhood and feeder schools.

Pittsburgh Public Schools posts more information on website

The district’s website now includes information about school-based budgets, facilities and community resources at the city’s public schools.

2 days ago

 Trevor Orchard, third from right, and Laurien Sibomana, far right, in Rwanda.

Pitt diabetes researcher helps African children control Type 1 diabetes

Trevor Orchard of the University of Pittsburgh has helped Rwandan children control their Type 1 diabetes for the past decade.

2 days ago

George Junior Republic employee charged with having sex with boys

The 25-year-old employee is accused of having sexual contact with students between June and this past Friday, according to state police.

2 days ago

Juvenile suspects in custody in online threat against Trinity Middle School

The suspects are in the custody of Washington County juvenile probation and will be placed in a juvenile detention facility, state police

3 days ago

School-based health centers help kids end abusive relationships, study finds

The centers can be a powerful tool in helping young people to understand what is OK in relationships, according to the study.

3 days ago

Peters Township School Board hires new assistant elementary principal

At a special voting meeting Monday evening, the board hired Michael Brookie as the new assistant principal for McMurray Elementary School.

2 days ago

U.S. to focus college rating system on value

Federal rating system for colleges would help parents guide their children to schools whose graduates make a good living,

4 days ago

Retroactive Duquesne degree stirs controversy at Tennessee community college

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

5 days ago

Allegheny 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.

5 days ago

Former Shuman director files discrimination suit against Allegheny County

William Simmons, former director of the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center, filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday claiming he was

5 days 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.

6 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

West school news: Chartiers Valley, Moon Area

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1 week ago

 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?

1 week ago

 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago

Keystone Oaks assistant superintendent resigns

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

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago


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