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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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Education
8:38 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Duquesne City Schools gets Recovery Officer

The Duquesne City School District has been placed into Financial Recovery and a Chief Recovery Officer has been chosen.  Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis today appointed Paul B. Long to the post.

The  63 year old Long is a native of McKees Rocks and graduated from Shaler High School.

“I am pleased to appoint an individual who has the experience and proven track record of stellar financial management,” Tomalis said. “I am confident that Paul will be successful at devising a plan to stabilize the district’s finances.”

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Education
2:30 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Penn St. Trustees Set to Search For New President

Penn State trustees are set to formally begin the search for a new president against the backdrop of renewed scrutiny of university governance in light of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

Trustees are scheduled Friday to wrap up two days of regularly-scheduled meetings with a full assembly of the board. A vote to officially approve the search for President Rodney Erickson's replacement is on the agenda.

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Education
9:02 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Goals, Budget Details in “State of the District” by Superintendent Linda Lane

Pittsburgh Public School Superintendent Linda Lane will discuss the district’s progress and future direction during her state of the district address Thursday evening. She said five key areas will be the focus: finance and enrollment, achievement, effectiveness, equity, and satisfaction. The district faces several challenges including declining enrollment and budget deficit, but Lane said rather than looking at the challenges, she is looking at opportunities for growth.

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Education
12:47 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Higher Education Commission Issues 19 Proposals

A state-appointed commission on higher education has made its recommendations as to how Pennsylvania could improve the quality of colleges, universities, and trade schools while reducing student costs.

The Advisory Commission on Post-Secondary Education was created by Governor Tom Corbett in February, and submitted its final recommendations Wednesday, one day before the deadline. The panel was made up of 31 commissioners, including university presidents, education experts and business leaders.

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Education
9:26 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Penn State Post-Sandusky Has Not Changed, Says Auditor General

The Pennsylvania Auditor General is calling on the governor and the General Assembly to push for changes in the leadership structure at Penn State.  Auditor Jack Wagner released a report Wednesday with additional recommendations, including creating uniform term limits for all board members and preventing staff members from becoming trustees and vice versa with ease.
 

He says half of his recomendations require legislation, and the others would require action from the Penn State Board of Trustees. 
 

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Education
6:54 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Gloomy Results for Pittsburgh Public Schools

Education Watch Dog Group, A+ Schools’ 8th annual report to the community looks good in some areas, but less than promising in others.  One area in need of improvement according the group’s executive director, Carey Harris, is closing the achievement gap.  She said closing the gap is urgent, because at this rate, it will take 40 years to be eliminated.

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Education
12:53 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Hazelwood “Y” Gets New Executive Director

The elections are over, and politicians both new and old have positions. But politicians weren’t the only ones getting new job titles Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh announced Leah Hardaway would be the new executive director of the Hazelwood Y.

Hardaway began as the interim executive director on September 1, 2012, but Wednesday marked the begining of a more permanent role.

Hardaway said one of her biggest priorities so far has been learning about the community.

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Education
8:52 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Robert Morris President Gets another 5 Years

The Robert Morris University (RMU) Board of Trustees approved a new five-year contract with President Gregory Dell’Omo Thursday.

Taking over as President in 2005,  Dell’Omo oversaw the university’s transformation as its campus and academic programs grew.

Dell’Omo said his predecessor began the process of moving RMU away from primarily being a business school towards a more comprehensive university.

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Education
12:07 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Volunteers Needed for Discussions of Social Issues with Pittsburgh Youth

Pittsburgh Cares is calling for volunteers to speak about societal issues with ninth-graders in the Pittsburgh Public School District (PPS).

The fifth annual "9th Grade Nation In-School Roundtable Discussions" will take place in high schools across the city this winter, with adult volunteers moderating discussions amongst freshmen.

Pittsburgh Cares Youth Programs Manager Nina Zappa said the discussion topics vary.

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