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For some W.Pa. high schoolers, summer a time to hit books at universities

By Katherine Schaeffer
Summer break is traditionally a time for family vacations, afternoon baseball games and lazy days at the pool, but some Pittsburgh-area high school students enroll in a summer enrichment program at one of the city’s universities, using the time to ...

Bethel Park teacher’s profane tweet raises eyebrows

By Matthew Santoni
The Bethel Park School District would not comment Thursday about a teacher’s tweet on his students’ performance that included violent language from the canceled FOX TV show “Firefly.” Christopher Tobias, a German teacher at Bethel Park High School whose Twitter ...

Allgheny County charter school students give more than $11K to assist homeless children

By Katherine Schaeffer
Some of them are in need themselves, but on this day, a group of school students found a way to help others. Students from 15 Allegheny ...

PPS to close out central office positions to keep summer, after-school programs

By Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh Public Schools plans to close 11 central office positions so that it can it can continue to deliver summer and out-of-school time opportunities, officials announced Wednesday. Over the past five years, the district offered programs such as We Promise …

Propel sixth-graders chronicle McKeesport history for younger peers

By Patrick Cloonan
Sixth-graders at Propel McKeesport had a chance to research the old Tube City and its environs and display their findings for younger students. “McKeesport has a ...

Penn Hills votes to sell, lease vacant school space

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills School District leaders approved resolutions Tuesday to sell one empty school building and lease classrooms in another, as the district attempts to generate cash. The district also is considering a districtwide wage freeze. Acting Superintendent Nancy Hines said she ...

Connellsville Area School District rethinks grading

By Karl Polacek
Connellsville Area School Board will be presented with proposed changes to the district’s grading system at its June 8 agenda session. Members of the board’s curriculum committee met with district officials Tuesday to review the proposed changes. The proposed changes would bring ...

U.S. Steel gives $60,000 to scholarship program to help Mon-Yough area schools

By Patrick Cloonan
Five Mon-Yough area parochial schools will benefit from $60,000 that U.S. Steel donated to the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program conducted by Bridge Educational Foundation. “This ...

West Mifflin Area moves to issue iPad minis to sixth-graders

By Eric Slagle
​West Mifflin Area school officials are taking steps to put iPad minis in the hands of middle school students in the fall. The school board on Thursday approved the purchase of 35 iPads for teachers to train with over the summer. ...

Penn Hills police investigating suspected credit card abuse in school district

By Kelsey Shea
School district policy establishes checks and balances within the Penn Hills School District aimed at preventing credit card abuse. District officials declined to comment Tuesday about whether employees followed the procedures. Officials reported possible misuse of a district credit card or ...

Rural Valley students wage ‘war’ to raise money for autism research

By Brigid Beatty
An all-out fundraising war waged by students in Rural Valley at Shannock Valley Elementary School — fueled by a teacher’s desire to bring awareness to autism — has raised $3,253 in a week. The Penny Wars Project, in which students in ...

Police investigate credit card misuse in Penn Hills schools

By Michael Hasch
Penn Hills police are trying to determine whether an employee or employees of the financially troubled Penn Hills School District misused school district credit cards and, if so, how much money was involved, the police chief said on Monday. Police started ...

Penn Hills School District officials look to slash spending

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills School administrators say they are re-examining districtwide spending and plan to cut costs and maximize revenues in the wake of the district’s financial crisis. “We’re tearing everything apart,” Superintendant Nancy Hines said. “If we are going to get ...

At Duquesne private school, everybody gets into the act

By Patrick Cloonan
A tiny Duquesne private school’s entire student body will be involved in a fundraiser Saturday night at Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty. All 21 of Virtuous ...

Homestead educator finds new ways to reach kids in Propel teaching program

By Patrick Cloonan
In Clairton, many grow up hoping to follow the example of the city’s sports heroes. Sonia Ewell grew up hoping to follow the example her mother ...

Simulator takes Baldwin-Whitehall students on a learning adventure

By Stephanie Hacke
There’s a plague in the remote city of Sudura. Fish have disappeared, and food is nearly gone. Enter IKS Highlander, an interactive vessel; the captain ...

Parents of Moon Area elementary students upset by construction work during school days

By Tory N. Parrish
Some parents of Moon Area School District students are upset by what they say is construction work taking place during the school day in two elementary schools. The work is a health hazard and disruptive, they said. “Facts are against the quickness” ...

Teachers pact, budget up for vote at Mt. Lebanon

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon school directors will vote Monday on both a new contract for the district’s teachers and a budget for the 2015-16 school year that will raise property taxes by 0.4 of a mill. The school board previously approved a $91.64 ...

Baldwin-Whitehall releases settlement agreements; 25 teachers paid total of $56K in pay dispute

By Stephanie Hacke
The Baldwin-Whitehall School District paid 25 teachers a total of $56,000 and agreed to bump most of them to a higher pay scale, retroactive to January, to settle an equal pay dispute, records show. The district Tuesday released copies of ...

Fay-West area schools prepare for graduations

By Mark Hofmann
Fay-West area schools are preparing for graduations. Connellsville Area High School seniors will graduate at 6:30 p.m. June 5. The ceremony will be held at Falcon Stadium. Approximately 345 seniors are expected to  graduate. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will ...

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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, …