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Google grants teachers’ school supply wishes

By Megha Satyanarayana
Roseann Casciato was expecting a speaker to talk to her math class about jobs on Thursday. The speaker, Kamal Nigam, an engineer at Google, showed …

Paying tuition a challenge as costs skyrocket and aid varies

By Debra Erdley
Tammy Abercrombie thought she did everything right to ensure that her daughter Tyanna, a high school senior at Aliquippa Junior/Senior High School, wouldn’t become another …

Peters settles discrimination suit with teachers for $2M

By Brian Bowling
Peters Township School District paid more than $2 million to settle a gender and age discrimination lawsuit filed by 17 female teachers, according to a copy of the settlement. The district released the information on Friday in response to a …

State lawmakers delay hearings on Corbett’s review of academic standards

By Megan Harris
Lawmakers postponed two hearings to discuss Gov. Tom Corbett’s call for a review of state academic standards Thursday because Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq said no changes to the standards are planned. Corbett called for the review last week, drawing criticism …

Parents keep children home from Brookline schools over threats

By Megan Harris
Fewer than half the students attending the three Pittsburgh Public Schools affected by Wednesday’s rush evacuation over consecutive threats that shut down their shared Brookline campus went to school on Thursday. Officials emptied West Liberty K-5 and South Brook 6-8 …

Pennsylvania teachers sue union over nonmember fee donations

By Megan Harris
Two Pennsylvania teachers sued the state’s largest teaching union on Thursday, claiming the union overstepped its authority in denying teachers the ability to select charities that receive donations of nonmember fees. Filed in Lancaster County court, the suit alleges the …

Stewartsville principal’s comments taken out of context, district claims

By Richard Gazarik
Attorneys for Norwin School District and an elementary school principal, accused in a lawsuit of intimidating and threatening a now-retired janitor, said the former employee …

Southmoreland High School junior’s broken jaw ‘could have been avoided’

By Paul Paterra
The mother of a Southmoreland High School junior assaulted by a classmate this week said he remains hospitalized, recovering from surgery to wire together his jaw, which was broken in two places State police said on Thursday evening that a …

Pennsylvania senator wants to arm school teachers, employees

By Melissa Daniels
As superintendent at Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County, Robert Urzillo manages budget crunches, curriculum changes and the demands of high-stakes testing. But those …

State awards 6 Western Pennsylvania schools mentoring grants

By Megan Harris
The state awarded six Western Pennsylvania schools nearly 40 percent of a $700,000 grant initiative designed to pair high-performing schools with low-performing schools to increase student achievement. Fox Chapel, South Fayette, Upper St. Clair and West Jefferson Hills in Allegheny …

Teacher can pursue racial-discrimination claim against PPS

By Brian Bowling
A former teacher can pursue her claim that Pittsburgh Public Schools gave her two unsatisfactory ratings and fired her because she was a white teacher at a mostly black school, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Pamela F. Hendricks claims in …

Quaker Valley names high school principal as assistant superintendent

By Bobby Cherry
Quaker Valley school directors on Tuesday named high school principal Andrew Surloff the district’s assistant superintendent. Surloff replaces Heidi Ondek, who in the spring was appointed superintendent. Surloff joined the district as a middle school social studies teacher in 1999 …

Propel Hazelwood charter school in Pittsburgh plans open house

By Megan Harris
About 200 families will get their first glimpse inside Propel Hazelwood charter school on Tuesday, about a month since its inaugural academic year began. The K-4 school, the neighborhood’s first since Pittsburgh Burgwin closed in 2006, will host an open …

Classical music crisis: Author says schools today aren’t building audiences

By Mark Kanny
Just as everyone who plays college sports doesn’t go on to a professional career, the same is true for students in university classical-music programs. But …

Geibel Catholic in Connellsville again achieves national academic excellence

By Rachel Basinger
The high academic excellence at Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School in Connellsville has not gone unnoticed. For the second time, the school was recognized by …

Plum School District plans early dismissals on teacher paydays

By Karen Zapf
Starting next week, students in Plum School District will go home an hour early on teacher paydays to accommodate a contract that allows teachers to leave early — though typically they do not. While negotiations continue, the district scheduled one-hour …

School district support staff ink new deal with Fox Chapel

By Tawnya Panizzi
The Fox Chapel Area School Board on Monday night approved a new contract with the district’s support staff. The five-year deal comes with an average annual raise of 2.98 percent for the 94 members of the Fox Chapel Area Education …

Deer Lakes may participate in cash-for-grades program

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Deer Lakes High School students could soon be rewarded with cash for their hard work inside and outside of the classroom. The district is considering participation in “The Challenge Program,” a Johnstown-based charity that seeks to motivate high school students …

Charter school planned for former North Catholic building seeks state OK

By Tory N. Parrish
Curtis Kossman sends his daughter, 16, to Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel for $28,300 a year to get support for her dyslexia. His son, 13, also has dyslexia and attends The Gow School, a boarding school near Buffalo, N.Y., …

Collective bargaining agreement reached at Pine-Richland

By Tribune-Review
The Pine-Richland School District’s Board of School Directors and the Pine-Richland Education Association came to an agreement on the ratification of a new, six-year, collective bargaining agreement that will run through the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year. The new …

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