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 University of Pittsburgh chancellor Patrick Gallagher gives a speech to students and faculty after being installed as the 18th Chancellor of the University at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on Saturday.

Gallagher installed as Pitt’s chancellor

Promising to be a “champion” for students, the 18th chancellor of Pitt asserts “the undeniable societal benefit in an educated population.”

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 Sean McGreevey, left, assistant dean for career development at Chatham University, teaches a class called "Financial Wellness." The class included, from left, senior Eir Rovira, graduate student Nick Bender and senior Nicole Werwie.

Colleges making financial literacy part of education

Young people facing debt from student loans and credit cards are finding ways to learn about handling personal finances.

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 Carnegie Mellon University psychologist Sheldon Cohen is part of a group that has conducted groundbreaking research that focuses on how psychological factors such as social support networks, stress, emotional makeup and interpersonal conflict affect a person's susceptibility to illness.

Mind over mucus? CMU researcher gives subjects common colds to test psychological factors in immune systems

Sheldon Cohen, a CMU professor of psychology, will put three decades of groundbreaking research online. (One conclusion: Hugs do help.)

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 The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh in 2007.

Obituary: Theodore M. Hesburgh / Transformed Notre Dame into academic powerhouse

He altered Catholic higher ed, held sway with world leaders, and strengthened the moral authority of civil rights and anti-war movements.

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 Aaron Beam, the co-founder and former Chief Financial Officer of HealthSouth, spoke to graduate students at Carlow University on Friday, cautioning them against fraud.

‘I’m a felon’: Former HealthSouth executive cautions students against fraud

Aaron Beam, an ex-CFO, spoke Friday to graduate students at Carlow University about the company’s $2.7 billion book-cooking scheme.

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No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

Party leaders said they had to shift the chamber’s focus to debate funding the Department of Homeland Security.

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 Carnegie Mellon University students walk across campus in 2010. CMU received three gifts totaling $21 million this week.

CMU, Duquesne receive gifts totaling $21 million

The gifts are from Carnegie Mellon trustee and chairman-elect James E. Rohr, along with his wife, Sharon.

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 “My original legislation would have called these institutions out as state agencies,” said state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna. “I ended up having to retreat from that.”

Pennsylvania lawmakers take another look at openness at state-related universities

Senate Bill 412, introduced by state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna, is part of an effort to revamp Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

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Pitt seeking input on new strategic planning initiative

The Board of Trustees announced a series of campus town hall meetings scheduled for next month.

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 The survey found favorable results -- 89 percent or more strongly in favor or somewhat in favor -- when it asked about ideas A+ Schools supports.

Survey: 55 percent approve of job Pittsburgh Public Schools is doing

The survey comes as four Pittsburgh school board seats are up for election this year, three of which are expected to be filled by newcomers.

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Standard & Poor's upgrades bond rating for Pittsburgh Public Schools

The district's underlying rating on general obligation bonds has gone up from A- to A, and the outlook is stable.

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 East Allegheny superintendent Roger D’Emidio.

Retiring East Allegheny superintendent reflects on his tenure

Erasing a $2.5 million deficit and building the school are two of the accomplishments of which Roger D’Emidio is most proud.

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 Seventh grader Tiffany Ponticel looks through the interior of the art project of the likeness of the 100-year-old St. Philip School.  The art and replica of the school is exposed to  several black lights.

St. Philip School in Crafton celebrates centennial

Since the project was unveiled on Jan. 27, more than 500 people from the community have walked through a replica of the school.

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Moon Area to retain Hyde name on school building

The school board voted unanimously Monday to keep the name after a petition was circulated to that effect.

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Moon Area board disallows child development program speakers

Speakers can’t address non-agenda items, according to school board policy.

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 In 2014, Amber Kaska played the title character in the Yough Senior High School performance of "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

Post-Gazette guide to 2015 high school musicals

Here’s the annual list of spring high school musicals in Western Pennsylvania.

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Mt. Lebanon School District will not build new rifle range for high school

In 2011, the board decided not to include rebuilding the range as part of a $109 million renovation.

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West Allegheny to introduce full-day kindergarten

The district also will offer a “Book Bus” or traveling library for children through age 5.

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Bethel Park backs new education funding formula

The school board is supporting the efforts of Campaign for Fair Education Funding, urging state legislators to establish such a formula.

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Moss Side Middle Schoolers learn drumming, culture

The program is funded through a matching grant from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts.

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Penn Hills charter school seeks board approval for expansion

Imagine Entrepreneur Charter School wants to open a second location at 10700 Frankstown Road.

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Peters school budget may increase taxes

The district has an anticipated deficit of $2.8 million, which likely will lead to a tax increase above the state-mandated 2.03-mill cap.

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 Helga Stokes of Dormont is an English language tutor for the Baha'i Institute of Education's virtual university, which teaches members of the Baha'i faith in Iran.

Iranian students risk prison with online classes taught by Pittsburghers

Two Pittsburgh-area women give on-line instruction to students in Iran who are barred from college because of their Baha’i faith.

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Penn-Trafford paraprofessional charged with assaulting student

Police said charges of simple assault and harassment were filed against Sharon Kosko, a 59-year-old aide at Penn Middle School in Jeannette.

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 "A failure to list a reportable asset on the FAFSA is considered fraud," said Lynnette Khalfani Cox, CEO of AskTheMoneyCoach.com and author of “College Secrets: How to Save Money, Cut College Costs and Graduate Debt Free.”

Grandparents’ college help, even savings plans, could end up hurting students

Students could become less eligible for federal financial aid when grandparents help them pay college expenses.

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 A bill sponsored by state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna, is intended to give the public greater insight into the workings of taxpayer-funded universities, such as the University of Pittsburgh, except in one key area: individual salaries.

Pennsylvania legislation could shield some of the largest public university salaries from disclosure

Senate Bill 412, introduced this month by state Sen. John Blake, is part of an ongoing effort to revamp Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

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Parents can get stipend for city Pittsburgh school activities

The board voted to reimburse parents up to $10 per day for "reasonable and necessary expenses" for certain school activities.

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Pittsburgh schools board approves Planned Parenthood role for sex education

A proposal to set up a memo of understanding with Planned Parenthood for sex education of middle school students won approval tonight.

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$785,000 grant accepted Pittsburgh Public Schools' Summer Dreamers Academy

The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools tonight accepted a $785,000 grant from the Wallace Foundation for the 2015 Summer Dreamers Academy.

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Charter school's application rejected for second time by Pittsburgh school board

The board  rejected its only application for a new charter school this fall, the Robert L. Vann Charter School.

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Pittsburgh school board in line for discount on telecommunications contract

The board approved a $4.1 million, five-year contract for wide area network services, but it is expected to cost the district $411,750.

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Water main breaks close Quaker Valley High, two Pittsburgh schools

Quaker Valley High School is closed due to a break in front of the school, according to the school district.

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Four Wesleyan students arrested in party drug hospitalizations

Eleven Wesleyan students received medical attention over the weekend; two students were still being treated Tuesday, police said.

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 Woodland Hills superintendent Alan Johnson, shown here in September, said the district is working to reduce the number of suspensions, including program changes as schools are realigned this fall and more teacher training on instructing children from diverse backgrounds.

Woodland Hills ranks in top 10 nationwide for elementary student suspensions

Researchers from the Center for Civil Rights Remedies say discipline gap needs to be addressed to solve the achievement gap.

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Springdale home invasion prompts school lockdowns

Acmetomia Primary, Springdale Junior/Senior High School and Colfax Upper Elementary were on lockdown for about an hour around noon.

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 Jasmine McCray, 15, with the help of her mother, Dinetta Walker, rides her new bike in a parade Monday through Pioneer Education Center in Brookline. Variety gave away five bikes Monday to young people with special needs.

Charity distributes adaptive bikes to students who have disabilities

Variety has 250 adaptive bikes available for free distribution to children in 16 counties in Western Pennsylvania and 10 in West Virginia.

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 Jason E. Cooper

Plum high school teacher facing sex charges is back in jail

Police say Jason E. Cooper engaged in inappropriate activity with an 18-year-old female student at the high school and at a home.

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  Ice builds up on the fountain at the Katz Plaza inthe Cultural District in Downtown Pittsburgh this morning  as commuters  arrive from their bus at 7th Street and Penn Avenue. The low of minus-9 degrees overnight broke a record that had been set in 1914.

Record low temperatures delay start of school in Western Pennsylvania

For today, the National Weather Service forecasts a high of 27 with wind chill values of minus-7 degrees.

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 A community meeting is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Kingsley Center in East Liberty.

Pittsburgh schools work with community groups to reduce suspensions

Suspensions in Pittsburgh Public Schools last school year dropped 15 percent to about 9,900, but the district wants to see more reductions.

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Allegheny Intermediate Unit to review spending on food and travel

The agency is in the midst of reviewing its expenditures on food and travel and considering limits on future conference attendance.

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 Clayton Academy in the North Side.

Pittsburgh schools plan to take back operation of the alternative education program

Pittsburgh Public Schools, which had a private company run the program for disruptive students, will operate the program itself next year.

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 Carolyn Davis and her son, Charlie, the executive director and development director, respectively, of the Schenley Height Community Development Program, stand in front of the Madison School in the Upper Hill.

Directors seek 'big change' as tutorial program expands at former Madison School in Upper Hill

Former Madison School in Upper Hill will soon have a new educational use by the Schenley Heights Community Development Program.

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Pittsburgh Public Schools on two-hour delay Tuesday

The district announced a two-hour delay because of bitter-cold temperatures.

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 People dance in the stands during Thon, the year-long student fundraiser, which culminates with the 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday.

Penn State’s Thon 2015 raises $13.02 million

Since 1977, Penn State raised more than $127 million benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund based out of Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

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Pitt launches crowdfunding site for student groups' and faculty's initiatives

The site has the specific goal of targeting the student groups’ millennial social networks.

1 week ago


 Pedro Rivera

Under Pedro Rivera, a new direction for Pennsylvania education policy

Pennsylvania’s acting education secretary Pedro Rivera wants equitable funding for all school districts.

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 Radio-frequency identification, or RFID, technology is already used to track how prescription drugs move across international borders and through the medical supply chain.

'Edible' radio tags could stifle sales of bogus meds

CMU researchers are working on a tiny, ingestible radio ID tag that could be embedded in pills to help verify their authenticity.

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Suspect in 2012 Pitt bomb threats extradited from Ireland to Scotland

Adam Busby, the accused leader of the Scottish National Liberation Army, faces terrorism charges in Scotland.

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Could late starts once a month be on tap for Gateway school district?

School district considers instituting monthly late start times for professional development.

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Foundation lays groundwork to finance student programs at Shaler Area schools

Shaler Area Education Foundation is seeking volunteers to serve on the organization’s first board of directors.

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