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Court in the Classroom program provides insight for Norwin High School students

By Rich Cholodofsky
Attorney Robert Marino strode to the podium Wednesday morning and argued to Westmoreland County Judge David Regoli why his client, a road resurfacing company, should ...

Parents, students fight for Moon Area child development course

By Tory N. Parrish
A Moon Area School District proposal to eliminate a child development class led to bickering and finger-pointing at a school board meeting Monday. An angry group of parents and high school students filled the board room to voice objections to a ...

Court in the Classroom program provides insight for Norwin High School students

By Rich Cholodofsky
Attorney Robert Marino strode to the podium Wednesday morning and argued to Westmoreland County Judge David Regoli why his client, a road resurfacing company, should ...

Clairton City School District seeks savings in food service management

By Patrick Cloonan
Clairton City School District will seek proposals for a new food service management company for the 2015-16 school year. The Clairton school board authorized the request for proposals at its meeting Wednesday. The action is the result of a situation that was ...

Public comment policy varies in Mon Valley school districts

By Patrick Cloonan
While Steel Valley school board no longer will take public comments at its agenda workshops, residents in other Mon-Yough districts still can speak out, though ...

Parents of Plum students demand protection against sexual impropriety by teachers

By Karen Zapf
Because of two Plum High School teachers being arrested and accused of having sex with female students, four residents who spoke at Tuesday night’s school ...

Plum teacher contacted student, violated bond, police say

By Karen Zapf
A Plum High School chemistry teacher accused of having sex with an 18-year-old female student contacted her last week, police said. Chief Jeffrey Armstrong said Plum police obtained a warrant Monday for Jason Cooper’s arrest on a charge of witness intimidation. Police ...

Former Beaver County teacher pleads guilty to giving alcohol to 18-year-olds

By Adam Brandolph
A former New Brighton Area School District teacher who had sex with two 18-year-old students will serve one year of probation for giving alcohol to ...

Pittsburgh leaders outline government, education collaboration

By Melissa Daniels
Mayor Bill Peduto held up an 18-page document on how to improve the relationship between Pittsburgh Public Schools and city government and called it progress. Another ...

Plum School District considers fraternization limits as 2 teachers accused of sex with students

By Adam Brandolph and Karen Zapf
A suburban school district where two teachers are accused of having sex with students has no policy to prevent fraternization between them. At least one school ...

Bitter cold prompts schools across Western Pa. to cancel classes

By Tony Raap
Dozens of area school districts, including Pittsburgh Public Schools, called off or delayed the start of classes Thursday because of the bitter cold. The wind chill ...

State board overturns decision by Pittsburgh Public Schools, to continue plans for Troy Hill school

By Tory N. Parrish
The former North Catholic High School building in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill once again could be home to a school. The State Charter Appeals Board voted 4-2 Wednesday to overturn Pittsburgh Public Schools’ decision to deny a charter application to the proposed ...

Second Plum teacher arrested, accused of sex with student

By Karen Zapf and Tony Raap
For the second time in less than a week, police have arrested and accused a Plum High School teacher of having sex with a student. Joseph ...

Latrobe OKs STEM funding

By Stacey Federoff
The Greater Latrobe School Board on Tuesday approved $135,000 in grant money, including $60,000 for an elementary program for curriculum focusing on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. School officials had announced notice of $45,000 for the senior high school ...

Pennsylvania’s standardized Keystone Exams remain in dispute

By Melissa Daniels
Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President Nina Esposito-Visgitis has more than one issue with the state’s Keystone Exams. There’s the coursework preparation. The cost of administration. Then there’s how failure to pass one of the three standardized tests could upend a student’s ...

Plum teacher mixed drinks for girl, police say

By Karen Zapf  and Megan Guza
When the 17-year-old Plum High School senior visited chemistry teacher Jason Edward Cooper’s home before Christmas, he made her Long Island iced teas, she told ...

Toomey, Manchin team on bill that targets job-jumping predators

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin want to make sure no school district can “pass the trash” again. The Pennsylvania Republican and West ...

Leechburg Area School Board to consider STEM, financial literacy, Junior Achievement programs

By George Guido
The Leechburg Area School Board on Wednesday will vote to implement three programs designed to benefit students. None will cost school district taxpayers. • The STEM-Premier program is intended for students age 13 and older and is patterned after the LinkedIn ...

Plum teacher arrested for sexual conduct with student; another under investigation

By Karen Zapf
A Plum High School teacher on Wednesday was arraigned on charges he engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with an 18-year-old female student, and police say a separate, unrelated investigation is underway involving a second teacher and a different female student. Plum ...

Monessen kids explore ‘Shades of Grey’ terms

By Rick Bruni Jr.
The Monessen School District is investigating a purported incident in which middle school students received from a school employee a word search puzzle containing sexually explicit terms related to the erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” But district officials declined to ...

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