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Beloved teacher at 3 Western Pa. schools hears from students across nation

By Megan Harris
Bill DeTillo had a tradition. Whether at Kittanning Middle School, Aquinas Academy or Shady Side Academy, every student in his 30-year tenure joined the Aardvark …

Temple dumps SAT, ACT scores from application process

By Debra Erdley
College-bound students with test phobias might want to take a second look at Temple University. The Philadelphia school will become the first public research university in the Northeast to drop the requirement that applicants submit an SAT or ACT score, …

Pittsburgh schools’ teacher evaluations approved

By Bill Zlatos
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved Pittsburgh Public Schools’ system for evaluating teachers for the next three years, district officials announced Tuesday. The district implemented the new system five years ago in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers …

Murrysville man draws on experiences in starting SAT prep academy

By Greg Reinbold
After searching the Pittsburgh area for courses to help his son, Jay, prepare for the SATs and failing to find a program that met his …

Pennsylvania near top of list for teacher impropriety

By Megan Harris
Claims of inappropriate relationships, sex abuse and misconduct filed against Pennsylvania school teachers are on track to double in less than a year, state officials say. Second only to Texas, Pennsylvania and California each logged at least 24 cases of …

Sale of WyoTech career college concerns Casey

By Debra Erdley
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. said he wants answers about the future of WyoTech, a career college in Indiana County that went on the market this month under an agreement with the federal Department of Education. Corinthian Colleges, the for-profit …

Upper St. Clair family’s efforts pay off as governor signs Down syndrome education bill

By Megan Harris
Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill that requires genetic counselors and other types of health care practitioners to provide parents with educational information once the practitioner make a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis. The legislation became law last week thanks in …

Leechburg Area School District contracts with Pittsburgh firm for online database

By Braden Ashe
Leechburg Area School District will begin paying for an online database to better analyze student performance and craft curricula. The school board on Tuesday agreed to pay the Pittsburgh-based OnHand Schools about $14,000 annually through the 2016-17 school year for …

Moon Area board reconfigures elementary buildings, votes again to close school and explore merging with Cornell

By Tory N. Parrish
The Moon Area School Board on Monday night repeated its action to close Hyde Elementary School and explore the possibility of a merger. “I encourage you to fight on, fight on, fight on,” school board member Michael Hauser said to …

Moon school closing fought

By Tory N. Parrish
An attorney representing two Moon Area School Board members and five district parents said he will seek a court injunction on Monday against the board’s recent vote to close an elementary school. Attorney Jack Cambest said on Friday he plans …

School funding disparate in Western Pennsylvania

By Megan Harris
Pension funds and long-spent federal surplus dollars still weigh heavily on the minds of state leaders debating whether a budgetary boost to state education funding really qualifies as an increase at all. Western Pennsylvania school districts account for close to …

Woodland Hills Academy students, staff to move into Swissvale school

By Tory N. Parrish
The Woodland Hills School District’s $15 million renovation of its historic academy building in Turtle Creek will take place during the coming school year without …

Dozens of high-schoolers attend annual seminar on global events

By Corinne Kennedy
Having read a biography on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Gabe Ren said he was inspired to pursue a career in business or finance — and …

Pa. pension costs pull from school districts, college students, turnpike

By Debra Erdley
Soaring costs for Pennsylvania’s public employee pensions are draining money from school district taxpayers, college students and Pennsylvania Turnpike motorists. The cost to taxpayers of …

Pittsburgh schools could furlough 20 teachers

By Bill Zlatos
Pittsburgh Public Schools has sent out preliminary furlough notices to 20 teachers and 19 teacher aides, district officials announced Tuesday. The board is expected to take action on the furloughs at its legislative meeting Aug. 27. “It is definitely anticipated …

Clairton Education Center turns classroom into science lab

By Eric Slagle
It starts with a quick lesson on protective goggles then gets cooler. Lab bottles, hardboiled eggs and paper twists for fuel are the next items …

Ligonier Valley will implement dean of students

By Nicole Chynoweth
With its principals spending an increasing amount of time on state-required teacher evaluations, Ligonier Valley School District will implement a dean of students in the coming school year to assist with student discipline. The school board voted unanimously on Monday …

Former PA Cyber School CEO seeks dismissal of fraud charges

By Tribune-Review
A federal grand jury in August indicted PA Cyber Charter School founder and former CEO Nicholas Trombetta of East Liverpool, Ohio, on 11 counts of …

Many college freshmen need remedial work, often delaying graduation, increasing costs

By Debra Erdley
One in four college freshmen nationwide takes at least one noncredit remedial class, a study by the U.S. Department of Education found. The finding, based on 2012 statistics — coupled with a study this spring of the National Assessment of …

PA Cyber Charter School announces plans for $5.7 million expansion

By Megan Harris
As school districts statewide continue cutting, Pennsylvania’s largest cyber school announced plans for widespread expansion, including at least 80 new teachers and a $5.7 million building project in downtown Midland in Beaver County. “It’s a big jump, but we’re a …

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