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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 …

Back in session: What’s new at Pittsburgh-area schools

By Tribune-Review
Schools across Pittsburgh’s suburbs have added math, writing and science courses for fall, many of which will employ the latest laptop and tablet computers that …

All Pittsburgh Public Schools students to get free lunches starting this year

By Bill Zlatos
All students in Pittsburgh Public Schools will be eligible for free lunches this school year — even if their families can pay. Schools in the district are among more than 28,000 nationwide where at least 40 percent of students qualify …

Mon Valley school districts set to begin new year

By Chris Buckley
William Henderson III is returning to familiar grounds. Henderson is starting the 2014-15 school year as Frazier School District superintendent after spending several years in …

Federal prosecutors in Trombetta case seek to keep documents secret

By Jason Cato
Federal prosecutors on Monday asked a judge for permission to keep their response secret from the public over claims that they recorded conversations between a former cyber school head and his attorneys. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh last year …

‘Consortiums’ make most of Western Pa. Catholic school resources

By Bill Zlatos
Maura Abel was a tad scared two years ago when her family gave away her gray-blue plaid uniform of the former Word of God School …

Teachers who sub likely to get hours cut

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Students may regard the appearance of a substitute teacher in their classroom as a day off, but it means more work — and potentially more cost — for school districts. As students return to classes, many school districts will be …

Pennsylvania’s public school staffing at 10-year low

By Melissa Daniels
The number of public school teachers and support staffers employed in Pennsylvania began falling the year before Gov. Tom Corbett took office and passed his first budget, according to state employment figures that show school staffing is at its lowest …

McKeesport Area revamps website, joins social media

By Michael Divittorio
McKeesport Area School District has a new website and has officially joined social media. Superintendent Rula Skezas announced that final touches on the site’s redesign are under way, and the district has created Facebook and Twitter pages “to highlight district …

U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan lauds Pittsburgh credentials

By Megan Harris
Pittsburgh should be a strong contender for an $80 million federal grant to help fund preschool for roughly 10,000 children, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan …

Propel charter school network grows

By Patrick Cloonan
Thursday is “meet and greet” day for Propel students and parents at what this year will be a network of 10 charter schools in Allegheny …

Cornell residents favorable toward merger with Moon Area

By Tory N. Parrish
Some Cornell School District residents told the school board on Monday night that they believe students will have more academic and athletic opportunities if the district merges with Moon Area. Many of the roughly 50 residents who attended the board …

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