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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School principal Abbott steps down

By Megan Harris
The principal of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School resigned just seven weeks into students’ first year at the $72 million Cranberry facility e_SEmD her …

Greater Latrobe teachers, school board approve 5-year contract

By Stacey Federoff 7:14 p.m.
Greater Latrobe School District’s teachers union and school board brought an end to 14 months of negotiations after both sides approved a new five-year contract Tuesday night. The deal will cost the district about 2.75 percent more than the previous …

Mars Area schools superintendent resigns after short tenure

By Rachel Farkas
The Mars Area School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent James Budzilek and appointed retired Superintendent William Pettigrew in the interim as it searches for …

Moon Area school district eyes solar energy

By Tory N. Parrish
The Moon Area School District could strike a long-term deal that would allow it to use solar panels to generate half of its electricity. At its meeting Monday, the school board voted 7-0 to hire Pittsburgh-based law firm Buchanan Ingersoll …

Pennsylvania school performance scores stuck in limbo

By Megan Harris
Overdue school performance scores will remain in limbo through the end of the month pending verification from the state Department of Education, spokesman Tim Eller said. “We’re hopeful that the (profiles) will be released in the next few weeks,” Eller …

Mt. Lebanon renovation boosts STEM Academy

By Matthew Santoni
The Mt. Lebanon School District wants its new interconnected classrooms, tech shops and lab spaces to form the foundation of a science, technology, engineering and …

Bethel Park High School principal tops in the state

By Tribune-Review
The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary Principals has named Bethel Park High School Principal Zeb Jansante Pennsylvania’s 2014 Principal of the Year. Jansante will …

School districts snooze on advice to move back high school start time

By Gideon Bradshaw
English class is the first of the day for Natalee Tommarello, a Plum High School senior. It also is one of the hardest. “I notice that when (the instructor) is teaching the class, I’m daydreaming and dozing off,” she said. …

School planetariums continue to educate, amaze students

By Bill Zlatos
After the Soviet Union launched Sputnik more than 50 years ago, Pennsylvania schools went on a building boom that surpassed every other state in giving …

Pre-K program initiated in South Butler School District

By George Guido
A handful of families with 3- and 4-year-olds in the South Butler School District soon will have a pre-kindergarten program available. Primary school Principal Dave Keibler said Wednesday that the district will be getting a $247,000 state grant for each …

Gateway School Board rejects later start time for high school

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School Board on Wednesday rejected a proposal to start classes later at the high school. The members cast the straw poll at a meeting of the board’s safety committee following a presentation by Peter Fanzen, a University of Pittsburgh …

Pittsburgh workforce development, education chief fails residency requirement, resigns

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh’s education and workforce development manager resigned when the city discovered she failed to comply with a mandatory residency requirement for employees, an official said Tuesday. Cosette M. Grant-Overton, 46, was hired April 1 and chaired Mayor Bill Peduto’s education …

Avalon Elementary school evacuated after bomb threat

By Megan Harris
Northgate School District evacuated a second elementary school in two days after administrators discovered a written threat shortly after students arrived on Tuesday. A bomb …

Group wants ‘fair funding’ for Pennsylvania public schools at forefront in 2015

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Business, government, religious and labor leaders — including those from teachers unions — are asking Pennsylvania lawmakers to develop a fair funding formula for public schools. The coalition Monday spelled out its campaign to make the issue a …

Pittsburgh schools to get $3M for violence study

By Megan Harris
U.S. Attorney David Hickton announced a $3 million grant Monday to study and combat violence in roughly half of Pittsburgh’s public schools, which Superintendent Linda Lane said would help prevent a “revolving door of punishment” for local kids. “Adults have …

Bogus threat at Bethel Park school prompts additional security

By Megan Harris
Police deemed a phoned-in “threat” to Bethel Park High School not credible long before students arrived for class, police said. The school increased security measures to reassure parents, prompting some of those parents to remove their students from school. School …

Pennsylvania charter schools now teach 128,000 students

By Tribune-Review
Pennsylvania charter schools have recruited, multiplied and evolved, growing from nothing at the enabling law’s passage in 1997 to 128,712 students attending 176 real and …

Interim middle school principal picked at Derry Area

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Middle School will have a new interim principal, because the Derry Area School District board of directors voted Thursday to appoint Lisa Dubich to the position. The board accepted the resignation of middle school Principal Jeffrey Metzger, effective Sept. …

Advocacy groups call for closer scrutiny of charter schools

By Megan Harris
Three groups with union affiliations on Wednesday pointed to the criminal case against ousted PA Cyber Charter School founder Nick Trombetta as an example why the state’s nearly 180 charter schools need better oversight and stronger accountability. The Center for …

Google Chromebooks, apps transform instruction at Knoch High School

By Jodi Weigand
Knoch High School students and teachers are using just weeks-old Google technology to enhance classroom instruction and interaction. The South Butler School District is piloting a program in which students have in-class access to Google Chromebooks, which is like a …

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