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Education
12:55 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Pennsylvania Envirothon Awarded With $300,000 Grant

Nearly 15,000 students from approximately 700 schools representing all 67 counties are expected to participate in this year’s Pennsylvania Envirothon. The long-standing environmental competition for high school students has received a $300,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

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Education
7:35 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Curriculums Could Include Child Abuse in K-8 Classrooms

Pennsylvania schools could see an addition to their health class curriculum to address child abuse and exploitation.

A bipartisan state House proposal would allow public school districts to teach children, from kindergarten to eighth grade, about child sexual abuse and how to identify the common behaviors of abusers.  School districts could use that, or create their own lesson plans. But, parents would be able to review the abuse awareness curriculum, and even pull their kids out of class if they don’t approve of the material.

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Education
5:58 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Concussion Rules Take Effect with New School Year

A law intended to reduce head injuries among student athletes in Pennsylvania is now being fully implemented as the fall sports seasons are underway.  In preparation for the start of the new athletic seasons, Pennsylvania’'s coaches had to take a class this summer on recognizing concussions.

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Education
2:35 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

South Side Carnegie Library First in City with Geothermal Cooling/Heating

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s South Side branch is one of the oldest. It recently underwent renovations and for the first time in its 103 year history it will have air conditioning. Several other branches have been renovated in the last decade, but none have included the geothermal technology that will be in use on the South Side.

“We’ve just worked out that we were able to incorporate the geothermal technology in this renovation because we had enough space to dig the wells and the land around to do it,” said Mary Monaghan, assistant director for neighborhood libraries.

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Education
3:34 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

The Next 5 Years And The Carnegie Library Of Pittsburgh

After nine months of collaboration by board, staff, and community members, the final draft of Carnegie Library’s next five-year strategic plan is ready to be shown to the public.

On Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in East Liberty, the Library will hold an interactive workshop on the plan.

Library spokesperson Suzanne Thinnes said the workshop will be interactive and will utilize ideas presented by the public in further sessions.

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Education
8:23 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Still No Contract for Bethel Park Teachers

Hundreds of teachers of Bethel Park School District started teaching classes Tuesday under a contract that expired more than two years ago.

The Bethel Park Federation of Teachers (BPFT) said it will continue to negotiate with the district in a Thursday night session. The union agreed in late August to continue contract talks while teaching classes under the 2005-2010 agreement.

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Education
10:51 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Steelers QB Batch Mediates Sports Dispute Between Local Schools

Steelers backup quarterback Charlie Batch spoke to students from Brentwood and Monessen High Schools on Tuesday, emphasizing the importance of sportsmanship and respect not only in high school sports, but also in daily life.

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Education
7:35 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Pitt Student Club Gets $100,000 To Manage

It will no longer be "Monopoly money" for some University of Pittsburgh students.   Members of the Socially Responsible Investment Club (SRIC) shift this semester from theory to the opportunity to invest $100,000 in companies that are acting as responsible corporate citizens.

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Education
9:12 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Pitt-Johnstown Breaks Ground on Nursing and Health Sciences Building

Construction is underway at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown on a $12 million building that will serve as the new home to nursing and STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The building will house 11 labs for chemistry and biology as well as a nursing simulation lab.

Bob Knipple, Pitt-Johnstown Associate Vice-President for Institutional Advancement, said the building is a result of need for space on campus.

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Education
8:02 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

All Pitt Students who Complete Prep Program Guaranteed an Internship as Part of New Initiative

In an increasingly competitive job market, the University of Pittsburgh is trying to give its students a leg up by ensuring they can secure an internship. Starting this fall, any registered Pitt undergraduate on the Pittsburgh campus will be eligible to participate in the Internship Preparation Program (IPP).

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Education
5:14 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Many Health Issues, Including HIV/AIDS, To Be Discussed At Local Symposium

The rising rates of infection of HIV/AIDS in the Pittsburgh area will be one of the main topics discussed Tuesday at a symposium in Oakland hosted by Educating Teens about HIV/AIDS, Inc (ETAH).

"Achieving Health Equity for Minority Boys & Young Men": Focus on Boys & Young Men Symposium, Part II” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 28 in the University Club in Pittsburgh.

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Education
8:35 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Afterschool Programs in PA

A survey released last week by the Afterschool Alliance representing 4,947 sites serving 567,470 children painted a grim picture for the afterschool programs in the country and the commonwealth.

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Education
1:05 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Penn State Board Chair: Tough Times Ahead

The head of Penn State's board of trustees is warning of difficult times ahead as the school tries to make changes following the child sex abuse scandal.

Board Chairwoman Karen Peetz said at a public meeting Saturday that the months ahead "may be less shocking, but they may well be more difficult as the legal ramifications of this tragedy continue to play out."

She said the board is committed to making changes and was reviewing plans to implement recommendations of a university report conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

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Education
12:19 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

PA Treasury Encourages Parents to Invest in 529 Plans

The state Department of Treasury is reminding Pennsylvanians enrolled in the commonwealth’s college savings program to contribute before next month to maximize their savings. 

The main selling point of the state’s 529 College Savings Program, so-named for its section of the federal tax code, is that anyone who kicks money into one will see his or her savings grow at the rate of inflation.

“If you have enough for one semester of college today, you’ll have enough for one semester of college tomorrow,” the saying goes at the state Treasury.

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Education
1:35 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Ex-Penn State President Goes on Offensive

Penn State's disgraced former president is trying to convince the public he had no idea that Jerry Sandusky was a child molester — and that he most certainly did not protect one.

With a network TV appearance, a magazine interview and a news conference held by his lawyers, Graham Spanier portrayed himself Wednesday as the innocent victim of a witch hunt and a rush to judgment by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, whose university-commissioned report on the sex-abuse scandal prompted the NCAA to hit Penn State with a $60 million fine and other sanctions.

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Education
12:40 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Pittsburgh Girls Battle Age-Old Stereotype that Females aren't as Good at Math and Science as Boys

There’s an old notion that girls are not as good at math and science as boys. That thought still persists today even among teachers – according to a study by the University of Texas.  Girls and educators in the Pittsburgh region are working against that stereotype.

“Girls can do anything that guys can do, and maybe even better…especially science,” was the answer given by a group of girls at Carnegie Science Center’s Click! Camp for Girls, when asked if they thought boys were better at math and science.

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Education
8:19 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

PA Democrats Argue Creative Solutions Could Restore Education Funding

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As the school year approaches, public school officials are scrambling to find new ways to pinch pennies and Pennsylvania Democrats are insisting they shouldn’t have to.

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Education
5:00 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

"Promise Coaches" Program Hopes To Increase Number Of Volunteers

After recently celebrating the graduation of the first class of Pittsburgh Promise scholarship recipients, the program now has another reason to smile. The Promise will benefit from a $100,000 grant to support its “Promise Coaches” initiative. The money comes from the Coca-Cola Foundation to the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The partnership aims to increase the high school and higher education rates among Pittsburgh residents.

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Education
1:13 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

PSU Warned by Accreditation Group

Penn State has been put on notice by an accrediting organization that says the university's status is "in jeopardy" based on recent developments in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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