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McKeesport Area schools to provide outreach activities

By Michael Divittorio
McKeesport Area School District staffers will have more of community presence this academic year. Community Connection Workshops are scheduled in February, March and April, when ...

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Big changes needed in troubled school district

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — The Wolf administration says serious changes are needed in one of Pennsylvania’s poorest school districts after it failed to persuade a judge to cut payments to charter schools for special education students and online learning by nearly $25 ...

Residents to Plum School Board: Move ahead with new school

By Karen Zapf
A majority of residents who spoke at a public hearing Wednesday night about a proposed new Regency Park Elementary School told Plum School Board members to get the project done. “It would be detrimental to stop this process,” parent Leigh-Anne Weiss ...

Admission fees to be charged at Gateway High School, middle school

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School Board on Wednesday approved charging admission fees at events that had been free at two school buildings to recoup some costs of providing extracurricular programs. The fees, which passed in a 8-1 vote, will apply to events at Gateway ...

Vote on partnership between Wilkinsburg, Pittsburgh Public School possible in October

By Katherine Schaeffer
The Wilkinsburg School Board could receive a draft, possibly in September, of what a potential partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools might look like, school board Chairman Ed Donovan said Tuesday. “We’re still in the fact-finding and discussion stage,” Donovan said at ...

Budget stalemate tosses uncertainty into Western Pennsylvania teacher negotiations

By Katelyn Ferral
Teachers and Belle Vernon district leaders averted a strike early Tuesday, reaching a last-minute deal after more than 400 days without a contract. A strike threat hastened negotiations there, but teachers aren’t likely to picket during contract talks happening in ...

West Mifflin Area boosts technology

By Eric Slagle
West Mifflin Area students will return to many new gadgets and programs when classes resume Thursday, administrators say. Sixth-graders will be issued iPads that ...

Aspinwall Catholic school enrollment grows; technology advances

By Tawnya Panizzi
An increased enrollment and $40,000 in technology upgrades had leaders at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy rolling out the red carpet to welcome students ...

Belle Vernon Area, teachers reach deal early Tuesday, avoid strike

By Chris Buckley
The Belle Vernon Area School District and the teachers’ union reached a tentative agreement Tuesday morning, averting a strike. Board president Aaron Bialon announced just after ...

Allegheny Intermediate Unit drops 16 workers, autism program

By Matthew Santoni
The Allegheny Intermediate Unit cut 16 jobs Monday, adding to nearly 39 full-time equivalent positions the educational support organization has eliminated since April amid declining enrollments and budget cuts. The cuts, terminations and resignations approved at the AIU’s board meeting Monday ...

Wilson Christian upgrades facility

By Alexander Haney
After a summer spent renovating the school and adding programs, the staff at Wilson Christian Academy is ready to welcome back students on Wednesday for ...

Shadyside-based Niche.com mines surveys, data for school ratings

By Natasha Lindstrom
Substitute Superintendent Robert Scherrer of North Allegheny School District pursues public input on how his schools are performing. He hosts monthly forums with parents, convenes regularly with business professionals and faith-based leaders, and asks committees of students, parents and community members ...

Serra has cause to celebrate as new year starts

By Alexander Haney
It is shaping up to be a celebratory first month of school for the students, faculty and administration at Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport. ...

New Kensington educator infuses technology in lessons

By Emily Balser
New Kensington resident Megan Cicconi has a passion for technology and she’s sharing it with students all over the Alle-Kiski Valley. “We really want to ...

School ‘permanent record’ more than a scare tactic

By Craig Smith
When Jim Phillips attended Catholic school decades ago, his teachers were no-nonsense, tough-as-nails disciplinarians who didn’t think twice about sending misbehaving students to detention. En route ...

Auditor general: Penn Hills School District will go under microscope next week

By Kelsey Shea
An upcoming audit will provide taxpayers a better idea of what happened in the Penn Hills School District that led to its staggering $30 million deficit. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Friday that he plans within the week to ...

Duquesne makes changes in, out of the classroom

By Patrick Cloonan
Changes are found inside and out at Duquesne Education Center as a new school year is about to begin for Duke City youngsters in prekindergarten ...

Clairton students will see improvements

By Eric Slagle
Clairton City School District’s 788 students will notice some facility improvements when they head back to class Monday. Over the summer, crews painted four classrooms and ...

Just 2 Alle-Kiski Valley districts post school chief evaluations

By Liz Hayes
Alle-Kiski Valley school districts slowly are complying with a 3-year-old state law requiring the results of some administrators’ evaluations to be posted online. Two state laws passed in the summer of 2012 amended the Pennsylvania School Code to require school boards ...

School district superintendent contracts demonstrate benefits of position

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Pat Graczyk left more than colleagues and memories behind when he moved from the Highlands School District to become the new superintendent at Allegheny Valley. As a new, full-time superintendent, state law in 2012 limited how many unused sick days ...

Trib Total Media has built a searchable statewide database and interactive map that enables taxpayers easily to compare salaries in schools throughout Pennsylvania. The database uses public personnel data from the state Department of Education to create the first user-friendly tool of its kind for finding and comparing pay for Pennsylvania teachers and administrators.

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Pennsylvania Department of Education fine-tunes data to eliminate errors

By Natasha Lindstrom
The Pennsylvania Department of Education is changing the way it collects information used to calculate average teacher salaries because of an error flagged by the Tribune-Review. The error made it appear as though a small number of the state’s 500 …

Compensation disparities vast among Pennsylvania educators

By Natasha Lindstrom
Schools in poorer, rural areas of Pennsylvania pay 30 to 60 percent less annually to teachers than schools in wealthy suburbs of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, …