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Pittsburgh Public Schools adopts no-tax-increase budget for 2015

By Megan Harris
Pittsburgh Public Schools board of directors adopted a new general fund budget Wednesday night that includes no tax increase. The $556.8 million 2015 budget allots for an operating deficit of $27.7 million, up 5.2 percent from the adopted 2014 budget, ...

Trained teachers, staff to treat allergic students under Pennsylvania law

By Megha Satyanarayana
The Burnheimer family was visiting family in Ohio when 8-month-old Madalin had an allergic reaction to something in wheat puffs that nearly killed her. “Her ...

New principal starts Monday at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School

By Megan Harris
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School will have a new principal on Monday. Bishop David A. Zubik heralded Ann C. Gaudino as a deeply committed Catholic with extensive experience in school administration. “We are indeed blessed to have someone with the rich ...

Parent of former Mars student sues over expulsion

By Brian Bowling
Mars Area School District coerces parents of students with behavioral problems into removing their children from regular classes, a lawyer for a 7-year-old former student said Thursday. The district uses a hearing to claim that the student’s conduct isn’t related …

Pittsburgh student jailed after striking school police officer

By Megan Harris
Police detained an alternative school student attending Pittsburgh Student Achievement Center in Homewood on Wednesday for striking a school police officer assigned to campus, Pittsburgh Public spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said. “The student engaged in a conflict with the officer after ...

$1.5B more a year — from fees tacked onto phone bills — earmarked for faster Internet

By The Washington Post
Federal regulators have approved a huge increase in funding for a program that gives schools and libraries access to faster Internet. For many students, this means more classrooms will soon include high-definition video and other next-generation learning tools. For low-income Americans ...

Strong demand in Allegheny limits participation in after-school programs

By Natasha Lindstrom
From age 6 to 16, Luke Melcher spent the majority of his after-school hours inside the Sarah Heinz House in the North Side. The brick-and-stone clubhouse ...

Heinz Endowments commits $9M to early childhood education

By Bob Bauder
The Heinz Endowments has pledged $9 million to help boost early childhood education in the U.S. as part of an initiative President Obama announced Wednesday. “Invest in US” is designed to increase support for early childhood education program from foundations, philanthropists ...

Fox Chapel Area teacher named Pennsylvania’s 2015 Teacher of the Year

By Tawnya Panizzi
Fox Chapel Area High School senior Eli Ziff gazed over a crowd of Pennsylvania’s best educators Monday in Hershey and told them his music teacher, ...

Kennedy Center hires City Theatre to implement school program in Pittsburgh

By Alice T. Carter
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., has hired City Theatre Company to implement its VSA Playwright Discovery Program in Pittsburgh classrooms. Under the $15,000, yearlong contract, City Theatre has been working since October with ...

North Hills adminstrator to lead state education group

By Bill Zlatos
Jeff Taylor, an administrator in the North Hills School District, recently was elected president-elect of the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Taylor, assistant superintendent for curriculum, assessment and special programs, will begin his one-year term as president-elect on July ...

Expelled student sues Freedom Area School District, claiming he should have had more options

By Brian Bowling
Freedom Area School District should have provided more options to a student convicted on a drug charge, the former student claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. Alex K. Wicks of Conway, who was 16 when the school board expelled him ...

Deer Lakes High School principal resigns; search for replacement begins

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
The Deer Lakes School District is looking for a new high school principal. Joseph Orr, who has held the job for about two years, is leaving to become a middle-senior high school principal at the Jefferson-Morgan School District in Greene County. ...

Monessen teacher hiring policy criticized

By Rick Bruni Jr.
The Monessen School District is seeking another business manager. The school board Tuesday accepted the resignation of Linda Powell after seven years in the position. Powell’s final day with be March 13, 2015. Superintendent Dr. Leanne Spazak said the district will immediately ...

Penn Hills School Board keeps leadership intact at reorganization

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School Board re-elected its president and vice president at its reorganization meeting for 2015. Denise Graham-Shealey and Jennifer Burgess-Johnson were elected as president and vice president, respectively, in a 7-0 vote on Dec. 2. Board member Pauline ...

Moon Area to explore learning center

By Tory N. Parrish
The Moon Area School District’s controversial plan to close an elementary school might lead to the building becoming a learning center with the district’s first preschool program, as well as high school remediation classes and other programs. On Monday, the school ...

New Kensington-Arnold to create assistant to the principal position at Valley Jr.-Sr. High School

By Liz Hayes
The New Kensington-Arnold School Board on Monday agreed to develop a new administrative position at Valley Junior-Senior High School. Superintendent John Pallone said the position of assistant to the principal will be temporary; the term established by the board is ...

School districts wade into legalities with commercial advertisements on websites

By Megan Guza
Some Western Pennsylvania school districts — and any other governmental bodies that allow commercial advertisements on their websites — could open the door to First Amendment issues if they allow some cause- or organization-based advertisements and not others, legal experts ...

Grant funds lessons in etiquette, job interviewing for Ford City students

By Brad Pedersen
Ford City High School students brushed up on their manners and job interviewing skills last week during a luncheon with business people funded by a ...

Positives seen despite Valley Junior-Senior High School performance scores

By Tom Yerace
Despite having the lowest state profile scores among area schools, Valley Junior-Senior High School interim Principal Jon Banko said positives can be found. Banko, who is also assistant to the superintendent, discussed the recent state School Performance Profile scores before the ...

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