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East Allegheny teachers gather on picket lines, hope to end contract dispute

By Patrick Cloonan 4:50 p.m.
As teachers gathered on picket lines at multiple locations in East Allegheny School District, the president of the East Allegheny Education Association made public its …

Cardinal Wuerl school opens with 286 students

By Rick Wills 3:57 p.m.
Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh greeted the 286 students at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry when it opened …

Western Pa. districts aim to win back students from cyber charters

By Megan Harris
As scores of students flee traditional classrooms for the comfort of their keyboards at cyber charter schools, Western Pennsylvania school districts are building cyber academies …

East Allegheny teachers set to strike on Tuesday

By Tribune-Review
Teachers in the East Allegheny School District are scheduled to go on strike Tuesday. According to a statement on the district’s website, last-ditch negotiations failed to produce a contract acceptable to both sides. The work stoppage would be the culmination …

New digital media center debuts at Chartiers Valley

By Megan Guza
The library at Chartiers Valley Middle/High School is no longer a place meant for silence. The space – now called the Digital Media Center – …

Some Thomas Jefferson HS parents told to bring more appropriate clothes to school for their kids

By Dona Dreeland
Officials at Thomas Jefferson High School are cracking down on students for dress code violations, pulling them from classes, advising them to cover up and sending notices to parents to have their children dress more appropriately. During the course of …

Ex-North Allegheny student says school failed to stop assaults

By Brian Bowling
A former North Allegheny Intermediate High School student claims in a federal lawsuit filed late Wednesday that school officials failed to stop other students, particularly athletes, from repeatedly physically and sexually assaulting her in school hallways and at school events …

Avonworth Primary Center’s colorful concept aims to inspire creativity

By Chasity Capasso
Avonworth’s new two-story primary center for kindergarten through second grade opened Monday and is easing overcrowding in the growing school district. “Our elementary school was …

North Allegheny background check policy for volunteers put on hold

By Kelsey Shea
The North Allegheny School Board will seek more feedback from residents before deciding whether to require background checks for volunteers in district schools. Board President Christopher Jacobs said at a meeting Aug. 27 that the board would not at this …

Elizabeth Forward School District fosters high-tech culture

By Patrick Cloonan
When classes begin on Thursday in Elizabeth Forward School District, students will have eBackpack apps to go along with their Apple iPads. As developed by …

Students’ use of iPads a minefield

By Patrick Cloonan
It is the second year of iPads for Elizabeth Forward youngsters — and the second year of bracing for the legal problems that could accompany them, both for the kids and their parents. Other than new students and incoming kindergartners, …

Largest wave of Allegheny County students welcomed back to school

By Daveen Rae Kurutz  and Megan Harris
More than 77,000 students in Allegheny County were part of the latest and largest wave of Western Pennsylvania children to return to school on Monday. …

Apollo-Ridge School District to list tax delinquents on website

By Braden Ashe
The Apollo-Ridge School District’s website will identify residents who still owe property taxes in January and haven’t committed to paying them. The school board voted, 6-0, on Monday to post the list of delinquent property owners on Jan. 1, 2015. …

Peduto forms task force to win funding for pre-K education

By Melissa Daniels
Mayor Bill Peduto announced on Monday a 20-member task force to help Pittsburgh secure federal funding for early childhood education programs. The Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Early Childhood Education, established by executive order, is charged with helping the city …

Return to classes means it’s time to strike up the bands once again

By Eric Slagle
The neighborhood around White Oak Elementary School has been a music-filled place in recent weeks. The reason? McKeesport Area High School Marching Band has been …

Teachers, support personnel negotiate in 6 Alle-Kiski Valley school districts

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Officials in six of the Alle-Kiski Valley’s 15 public school districts are negotiating employee contracts as students return to class. Teachers contracts have expired in the Deer Lakes and South Butler. Agreements are not expected in New Kensington-Arnold and Plum …

Pittsburgh-area schools remodel entrances for extra security

By Megan Harris
Two years ago, visitors could get lost after stepping into Stewart Elementary School in Lower Burrell. “You walk through a doorway and up some stairs. …

State tries to improve its rollout of school profiles

By Megan Harris
Almost a year since the state bungled its disclosure of school performance profiles, Pennsylvania lacks an official release date for its latest batch, Department of Education spokesman Tim Eller said on Friday. “We’re thinking late September, but we won’t have …

Duquesne City School District set to dive into Common Core

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Duquesne City educators are moving into the 2014-15 school year with intentions to further the district’s comprehensive plan, and are employing new curriculum and instructional …

West Mifflin prepares for first day of school

By Eric Slagle
When West Mifflin Area School District students head back to class on Monday, those returning to Clara Barton Elementary may notice the windows and many …

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