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School credit ratings a problem for several in Western Pennsylvania

By Katelyn Ferral 9:30 a.m.
The credit ratings of several school districts in Western Pennsylvania are considered junk in the eyes of Moody’s credit rating agency, underscoring systemic problems in ...

Agencies aim to ease test-takers’ troubles with updated GED exam

By Debra Erdley
Joshua Barnhart has high hopes. He knows he has a future in HVAC or computer technology. But first, the South Greensburg man who dropped out of high ...

Propel Hazelwood faculty hand-delivers back-to-school packets

By Tony Raap
Darnell Campbell pulled up to the curb in his gray Chevrolet Impala and grabbed a back-to-school packet from a stack on his front seat. He climbed ...

Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School cuts 43 jobs as enrollment falls

By The Associated Press
The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School is cutting 43 jobs out of roughly 700 full- and part-time positions as it restructures to deal with declining enrollment and increased competition from school districts offering their own online programs. The public school is …

New Regency Park Elementary School gets go-ahead in Plum district

By Karen Zapf
Construction of Regency Park Elementary School is back on track. The Plum School Board on Tuesday night approved: • Awarding a $268,000 contract to A.W. McNabb of Burgettstown to demolish Regency Park Elementary, the former Pivik Elementary School, the maintenance ...

Federal judge deals legal setback to ex-PA Cyber Charter School CEO Trombetta

By Brian Bowling
Former Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School CEO Nick Trombetta can make another attempt to prove that federal agents improperly recorded conversations he had with an attorney ...

North Allegheny superintendent resigns

By Katelyn Ferral
The North Allegheny School Board unanimously approved an agreement Wednesday night to release Raymond D. Gualtieri from his duties as district superintendent and grant him ...

Deer Lakes Middle School adviser’s dedication nationally recognized

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
For 14 years, Jackie Jaros has taught Deer Lakes Middle School students about making a difference in their school and community. “I love to see ...

Pittsburgh Promise lowers top scholarship award for students

By The Associated Press
A fund that offers scholarships to Pittsburgh Public Schools students is reducing its annual maximum scholarship amount. The Pittsburgh Promise announced Tuesday that the program will only pay tuition and fees, eliminating room and board. Its annual scholarship will drop …

Official affirms commitment to basic education funding in McKeesport visit

By Patrick Cloonan
Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera said Gov. Tom Wolf may compromise on other issues regarding the state budget, but not on his plan ...

Senate advances ban on ‘passing the trash’ in aiding hiring of dismissed educators

By Kari Andren
The U.S. Senate took steps Thursday to ban a practice in some school districts that allows officials to recommend a teacher or administrator dismissed for ...

No Child Left Behind rewritten to reduce federal role

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The House narrowly passed a Republican-led rewrite of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law Wednesday, voting to dramatically lessen the federal role in education policy for the nation’s public schools. The bill, sponsored by Minnesota Rep. John ...

Plum board members reach consensus on new elementary school

By Karen Zapf
The Plum School Board on Tuesday night reached a consensus to proceed with building a new Regency Park Elementary School. “The right thing to do is build a school,” board member John St. Leger said following a nearly hour-long board …

Derry schools recognized for promoting literacy

By Greg Reinbold
For the second year in a row, the Derry Area School District has been recognized as one of the best in the state at promoting literacy through the Keystones to Opportunity grant program. Last year, Derry’s Keystones to Opportunity team placed ...

West Mifflin Area’s reinstated music program proves to be sound success

By Eric Slagle
Incoming West Mifflin Area High School freshmen Kyriese Davis and Joao Martinez have picked up sticks this summer. Drumsticks, that is. The two friends are ...

East Allegheny school consolidations affect preschool programs

By Patrick Cloonan
Preschool programs in East Allegheny may be on the outside looking in as school consolidation takes effect. That worries North Versailles resident Erik Meredith, whose older son is starting first grade in the fall, but whose younger son has to go ...

La Scuola d’Italia Galileo Galilei touts Pittsburgh’s Italian heritage

By Katherine Schaeffer
Angela Hertz’s Italian-American grandparents taught her to love her heritage — the food, the culture and the sense of family. But it wasn’t until Hertz started ...

Greensburg woman has a lifetime of hosting foreign exchange students

By Stacey Federoff
Sometimes, they’ve called her “mama Dar,” “mumay,” and even “schmum,” but no matter what, each of the 22 foreign exchange students who stayed with Darlene ...

Higher school taxes prevail in Western Pennsylvania, Trib finds

By Tory N. Parrish  and Katherine Schaeffer
About half of the school districts in Western Pennsylvania have raised property taxes to balance their budgets, an issue central to the state budget dispute between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf. A Tribune-Review sampling of 58 school districts in ...

McKeesport Area students navigate obstacles

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport Area students put their creativity and critical thinking to the test Wednesday as Camp Invention participants took to a homemade go-kart track around Twin ...

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, …