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Pension obligations take toll on school districts

By Debra Erdley
Though Lynna Thomas has nothing but praise for the Greensburg Salem schools, she’s worried. The mother of two from Greensburg is concerned that the school district’s decision to eliminate a pair of fourth- and fifth-grade teachers and boost class sizes to ...

Black students more harshly punished in Pittsburgh, official acknowledges

By Tory N. Parrish
Pittsburgh Public Schools disciplines black students more harshly than other groups, a district official acknowledges. Black students accounted for 54.2 percent of the school district’s 26,401 students in the 2013-14 school year, but they accounted for 75 percent of ...

Deer Lakes identifies fired employee after newspaper’s Right to Know request

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
The Deer Lakes School Board this week fired a special education student aide awaiting trial on theft charges. The school board voted Tuesday to fire Cheryl Lynn Albinger for “improper conduct.” Albinger, 49, of Reaghard Drive was identified on the meeting ...

Elementary school changes will be topic of Moon Area meetings

By Tribune-Review
The Moon Area School District will host parent meetings in July to discuss the elementary program, including schools’ grade reconfigurations, for the 2015-16 school year. The meetings are for parents of students entering kindergarten through fourth grade. Families will receive …

North Allegheny school board OKs technology plan, tax increase

By Tory N. Parrish
The North Allegheny School District’s plan to give every first- through 12th-grader an iPad or laptop over four years will be helped by a tax increase approved Wednesday. The school board voted 6-3 to approve a $143.6 million budget for 2015-16 ...

Baldwin-Whitehall school leaders get ‘failing grade’ in state audit for fiscal practices

By Melissa Daniels  and Matthew Santoni
Financial mismanagement and high turnover at the Baldwin-Whitehall School District could be hurting academic performance, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Monday. “Students and teachers ...

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 school ...

Pa. education funding report includes changes to fix disparities

By Brad Bumsted  and Tory Parrish
HARRISBURG — A bipartisan state commission’s proposed formula for funding the education of Pennsylvania’s 1.7 million public school students was made public Thursday and got ...

Apollo-Ridge High School teacher sues PSEA over dues

By Jodi Weigand
An Apollo-Ridge High School teacher is suing the state’s largest teachers union over her union dues. Linda Misja, of Bellefonte, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the Pennsylvania State Education Association because the union has been holding her annual nonmember dues ...

Elizabeth Forward prepping for 3rd year of iPads in class

By Patrick Cloonan
Elizabeth Forward School District is preparing for the third year of its four-year lease of Apple iPads and iPad Minis. At a meeting Wednesday, the school board accepted the offer of Worth Avenue Group Inc. of Stillwater, Okla., to insure the ...

Pa. education commission ‘tweaking’ report on funding schools

By Sam Janesch
HARRISBURG — Putting more taxpayer money toward education is a fundamental piece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget, and this week, a special commission is expected to introduce a formula for distributing education funding to schools. The Basic Education Funding Commission, ...

Plum School Board members dispute account of prior notice about sex abuse

By Megan Guza  and Karen Zapf
Plum School Board Wednesday night pushed back hard on former board member Joseph Tommarello’s allegations the administration failed to adequately respond to notices of teacher ...

Plum school resource officer retires

By Karen Zapf
Nearly five months after the Plum High School principal came to him with a report of inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student, school ...

Sto-Rox School District, teachers union discuss student discipline

By Tory N. Parrish
The Sto-Rox School District lacks clear policies for disciplining students, a union leader said. “What is missing from our policy ... is clear, consistent consequences that the building-level administrators can follow,” Sto-Rox Education Association President Robert J. Spehar said at a ...

Ford City High School first of 3 schools packing up for move

By Brad Pedersen
Ford City High School Principal Michael Cominos has been working in the building for eight years, but it’s only since movers started clearing the now-closed ...

Live coverage tonight of Plum school board special meeting

By Donald Gilliland and Karen Zapf
LIVE COVERAGE - Follow the comment stream below for live updates from the Plum school board meeting which begins at 6 p.m. (If you don’t ...

Sto-Rox board, teachers union to discuss student programs, performance at Wednesday meeting

By Tribune-Review
The Sto-Rox School Board and the district’s teachers union plan to discuss ways to improve student programs and academic performance at a meeting Wednesday, the district said. The Sto-Rox Education Association identified areas of concern that it wanted to discuss with ...

Art Club students bring wall to life in Gilpin Township Police offices

By Joyce Hanz
A blank wall at the Gilpin Police Department received a colorful makeover when Leechburg High School Art Club students painted a tribute mural Tuesday. Four students ...

Schools ignore grand jury’s warning to let police investigate sex cases

By Donald Gilliland and Katishi Maake
A grand jury in Harrisburg declared 17 months ago that school administrators are singularly unqualified to investigate alleged sexual abuse, but the practice continues. “School district ...

Longtime Hampton school employee retiring as Wyland Elementary principal

By Rachel Farkas
After 40 years with the Hampton Township School District, Wyland Elementary’s principal is saying goodbye. Roberta Good is retiring at the end of this month, ...

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, …