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6:25 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Diocese Of Pittsburgh Launches Catholic Schools Network

Pennsylvania’s third largest school system, the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Catholic Schools, has a fresh outlook on education. The launch of The Catholic Schools Network is a marketing initiative to create a universal platform to promote enrollment, retention, vitality of curriculum and awareness, and the benefits of a Catholic education.

The Network will include all 91 Catholic schools in the diocese, ranging from pre-K through 12th grade, in the six counties of the western Pennsylvania region. The formalized network was introduced to school administrators in January.

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Education & Learning
8:17 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Are School Vouchers A Fit in Pennsylvania?

This week is National School Choice week, and with events from California to New York, the debate over school vouchers is still hard fought.

School vouchers, or "Opportunity Scholarships" as supporters call them, are tuition certificates issued by the government to a family allowing students to apply that money towards private schooling.

Steve Robinson, spokesman for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), believes vouchers are unpopular, unaffordable, and unproven.

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Education & Learning
12:07 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

Lengthy Election Process Opens for Penn State Trustees

The latest election for Penn State trustee members may serve as another barometer of how well the university is recovering from scandal in the minds of alumni.

Only a housecleaning will do, some of the school's more vocal alumni say, in order for them to regain trust in school leadership following the turmoil that started in 2011 with the arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on child sex abuse charges.

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Education & Learning
8:18 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

PASSHE/ASCUF Negotiations Continue - Each Side Calls the Other "Unreasonable"

The chairman of the board of Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities and faculty union leaders are accusing each other of being unreasonable in their stalled contract talks. A spokesman for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education points out only one union is holding out on agreeing to cost-saving measures.

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Education & Learning
8:58 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Details Of Bids For Old Pittsburgh Schenley Building Released

Faced with needed renovations ranging from 50 to 80 million dollars, the Pittsburgh Board of Education decided to close the Schenley High School building on Bigelow Boulevard in June 2008.  Schenley students and staff moved that fall to the former Reizenstein Middle School building and Schenley's final class graduated in June 2011.  

Nearly five years after the Schenley High School building was closed, there might soon be a buyer for that property in Oakland.

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Education & Learning
4:51 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Penn State Board Looks at Including Governor and President

Penn State trustees are weighing whether to make the university president and the governor nonvoting members of the school's governing board.

A trustees committee recommended the change Thursday, though the full board needs to vote on the matter. That may not happen for at least another couple of months, as the board studies other potential governance reforms.

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Education & Learning
5:12 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

PASSHE, APSCUF Negotiations Continue

More than six months after their old contract expired, the Pennsylvania State System for Higher Education (PASSHE) and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) are still without a new pact but the two sides will return to the table Wednesday.  

After a long break over the holidays, negotiations resumed last Friday to discuss top issues in efforts to reaching a new collective bargaining agreement. 

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Education & Learning
5:58 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

CCAC Boyce Campus to Close Over the Weekend for Emergency Electrical Work

The Community College of Allegheny County Boyce campus in Monroeville will be closed from Friday at 6pm through Sunday, while crews work to update transformers.

“There are a number of transformers feeding the campus that are definitely showing their age and have been causing some power fluctuations at the facitlity,” said CCAC Spokesman David Hoovler, “workers will be replacing the faulty transformers and looking for any additional equipment that may be damaged and contributing to some of the problems.”

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Education & Learning
7:43 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Free GED Program for Pittsburghers

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More than 1.6 million people in Pennsylvania do not have a high school diploma or equivalent degree.  A free program being offered by the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and Everest Institute-Pittsburgh aims to change that statistic.  

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Education & Learning
8:12 am
Wed January 9, 2013

CCAC Uses Grant to Get Students Their Degree Faster

The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is using a developmental grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to design new ways to help students finish college in three years.

The grant, which is less than $10 thousand, is a part of the Community College Roadmap Project, which helps community colleges create proactive programs for academic support.

Mary Frances Archey, Vice President for Student Success and Completion at CCAC, said the money will be used in three areas to promote academic progress.

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Education & Learning
8:31 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Volunteers Needed to Interview Pittsburgh Public School District Principals

The education watchdog group A+ Schools is looking for volunteers who will help the organization conduct interviews with Pittsburgh Public School District principals this February.

It will be the fourth year of the "School Works" interviews for A+ Schools, which organizes the data it gathers into a report each spring. Past years have seen the group hold talks with teachers and guidance counselors as well as principals.

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Education & Learning
6:03 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Pitt Panthers Go Bowling Saturday

The Pitt Panthers are headed back to the BBVA Compass Bowl for the third straight year after becoming bowl eligible on the final weekend of the regular season.

Coach Paul Chryst has guided the Panthers to a fifth consecutive bowl appearance despite going 3-4 in-conference in their final season in the Big East before moving to the ACC.

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Education & Learning
9:09 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Students Plunge into Pittsburgh Poverty

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Pittsburgh-area students attending the University of Notre Dame will take the "Urban Plunge" into the city from Thursday to Saturday.  It's the 35th year for the event that aims to raise awareness about social justice and poverty through local programs hosted by social justice organizations including Just Harvest and the Thomas Merton Center.

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Education & Learning
8:19 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

State Senator: PSU NCAA Fine Should be Spent In-State

One state senator says he is done asking nicely for the $60 million fine against Penn State to be spent in the commonwealth. Centre County Republican Jake Corman says has sent two letters to the NCAA, which fined PSU in July for the role the school’s football program played in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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Education & Learning
6:34 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Shrubs from Mellon Arena Thriving in Homewood

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Education & Learning
8:14 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Gifting a Higher Education

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Pennsylvania’s students are carrying about 10% more debt than the average student in the country, so what better gift to give a newborn, infant, or teenager than a college education fund?

It may not come with a shiny bow and fancy wrapping paper, but the state treasury’s 529 College Savings Programs are appealing to Pennsylvania families who want to save big on higher education. 

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Education & Learning
12:50 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

PASSHE Chancellor To Leave Post

The 14-university Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education said Thursday that its chancellor will be leaving to take a job in Washington, D.C.

The system said John Cavanaugh will depart at the end of February to run the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

The executive vice chancellor, Peter Garland, will take over on an acting basis after Cavanaugh leaves.

Board chairman Guido Pichini called Cavanaugh "one of the brightest minds in higher education today" and credited him for new ideas and high standards.

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Education & Learning
7:44 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

NA's Carson Middle School Evacuated

Students in one of three North Allegheny School District middle schools were evacuated this morning due to a bomb threat.  Students were taken from Carson Middle School in McCandless Township to the nearby North Allegheny Intermediate school until being released at the usual time.  

The District’s administration said a “fairly detailed bomb threat” was found in a boys’ bathrooms by a student. The message was reported to a building administrator shortly before noon.

Bomb-sniffing dogs were called in to sweep the building.

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Education & Learning
7:16 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

PA Schools Reviewing Policies After Newtown

In the hours after the Friday morning shootings in Newtown, state Department of Education officials here in the commonwealth sent a notice to all school districts, private and public, to be aware of any suspicious behavior. From there, school districts reached out to parents.

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Education & Learning
6:52 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

PSU Approves 16 Percent for President

Penn State trustees have approved a 16 percent raise for President Rodney Erickson to $600,000 after a review of his performance in the year since he took office.

The university announced Wednesday that the raise was effective Nov. 1. Erickson was promoted from provost to president on Nov. 9, 2011, after predecessor Graham Spanier left under pressure in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal involving retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

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Education & Learning
7:02 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Tragedy In Connecticut: Deadly Shooting At Elementary School

The nation watched in horror Friday as the scope of a tragedy in Newtown, Conn., became clear. As a visibly upset President Obama said at midafternoon, "our hearts are broken."

At Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School, authorities say, a gunman fatally wounded 20 children — some as young as 5, according to the president — and six adults. One other person was injured. The gunman was found dead at the scene.

 

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Education & Learning
6:03 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

New Employment Center In West End

The ribbon was officially cut this morning on a new employment center in Pittsburgh which will provide access to services and job opportunities with a goal of ultimately strengthening the 16 West End neighborhoods.

The West End Works Employment Center and Pittsburgh CONNECTS Public Computer Center is located at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Elliott and has been open since October 1.

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Education
11:43 am
Sat December 8, 2012

WVU Mascot Told To Not Use School's Musket For Hunting

The musket toted by West Virginia University's Mountaineer isn't just a prop — it's a bona fide weapon, and mascot Jonathan Kimble demonstrated that when he brought down a black bear with it in the woods.

Now WVU has ordered Kimble to stop using his university-issued weapon on hunting trips after a video of this week's kill was posted online. He says hunting with the gun is a Mountaineer mascot tradition.

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Education
7:49 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

From Slavery to Freedom – Heinz History Center Highlights Pittsburgh’s Role

Some 500 years of history are chronicled in the Heinz History Center’s “From Slavery to Freedom” exhibit, including the role Pittsburgh played both in slavery and in the fight for freedom.

“What we argue in this exhibit is that Pittsburgh was a destination of freedom and you will see in the exhibit, the various ways in which Pittsburghers really fought for free status, not only for African Americans, but freedom in upholding freedom as a part of the creed of the United State of America,” said Sam Black, the History Center’s director of African American studies.

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Education
8:23 am
Mon December 3, 2012

More International Students Studying In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is near the front of national trend of increasing numbers of international students attending higher education institutions. In 2011/2012 the Institute of International Education (IIE) found the number of foreign students studying in the US increased by 6% over the previous academic year, for a total of nearly 765,000 from more than 200 countries. Pennsylvania experienced an increase of 10%, with Penn State University leading the way with 6,075 international students.

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Education
9:04 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Singing and Dancing Planned for Pitt Nationality Rooms

Correction: Some versions of this story aired on 90.5 FM erroneously listed the open house as being held Saturday December 2 when in fact, December 2 is a Sunday.  The open house runs from noon to 4:00 on Sunday December 2.

The Nationality Rooms Program at the University of Pittsburgh will throw its doors wide open this weekend for the annual Holiday Open House.  Nearly all of the 29 rooms have been decorated in a way that celebrates a special day in that culture’s year.

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Education
8:52 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Town Hall To Address Achievement Gap In PGH Public Schools

Parents, community members, teachers and administrators will discuss potential solutions to the achievement gap in the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) at a town hall this evening in East Liberty.

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Education
10:32 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

State System Union Holds on Strike

The union representing faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities says it won't consider striking until next semester.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties announced the decision Tuesday in a letter to students.

Union members frustrated with the lack of progress in contract negotiations gave their leadership the authority to call a strike earlier this month.

Bargaining has stalled over issues including pay for part-time instructors, health care benefits and compensation for online education.

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Education
8:23 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Annual Heinz Distinguished Lecture Focuses on Green Chemistry and a Sustainable Future

Eco-friendly buildings and products don’t happen by accident, they require innovative planning. That’s the message of Paul Anastas’ lecture Tuesday night at the University of Pittsburgh.  The Teresa and H. John Heinz Professor in the practice of chemistry for the environment at Yale will focus his comments on creating a sustainable future through green chemistry.

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Education
9:36 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

State System Teachers Vote to Strike

Union faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities have given their leadership the authority to call a strike.  Ninety-five percent of the faculty who voted supported the strike authorization.

“The overwhelming support for our negotiations committee and our negotiations team sends a strong message to the State System,” said Dr. Steve Hicks, president of The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties. (APSCUF) “Our members are united for a fair contract that benefits all faculty and students by maintaining quality education.”

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