Allegheny County Department of Human Services and local foundations partner to keep learning hubs open – Pittsburgh Current

By Mary Niederberger
Pittsburgh Current Education Writer
mary@pittsburghcurrent.com

A month ago, the future of the community learning hubs that were serving more than 1,700 students who needed a supervised setting during online school days in the fall was uncertain as initial funding was running dry.

But now, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services has partnered with local foundations to ensure that 60 hubs throughout the county will remain open through the school year if they are needed.

Elaine Plunkett, DHS communications specialist, said the department has already secured $500,000 in foundation funding and is applying for grants with additional foundations at the same time it is leveraging department funds to keep the hubs in operation.

Currently, three foundations have agreed to provide some funding. Those foundations and grant amounts are: the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, $100,000; Jefferson Regional Foundation, $200,000; and McElhattan Foundation $200,000.

“The 60 learning hubs (30 are outside of Pittsburgh) are critical resources for children and families,” Plunkett wrote in an email.

Those sentiments were echoed by James Fogarty, executive director of A+Schools advocacy group.

Source: Allegheny County Department of Human Services and local foundations partner to keep learning hubs open – Pittsburgh Current

More than 70 West Point cadets accused of cheating on exam – 6abc Philadelphia

WEST POINT, New York — More than 70 cadets training at the U.S. Military Academy to be Army officers have been accused of cheating on a math exam taken online when they were studying remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lt. Col. Christopher Ophardt, spokesman for the academy at West Point, said Monday that 73 cadets were accused of cheating on the calculus exam in May after instructors noticed irregularities in answers. All but one were freshmen, or plebes, in a class of 1,200. The other was a sophomore.

“West Point honor code and character development program remains strong despite remote learning and the challenges brought by the pandemic,” Ophardt said. “Cadets are being held accountable for breaking the code.”

After an investigation by an honors committee made up of trained cadets, two cases were dropped for lack of evidence and four were dropped because the cadets resigned, Ophardt said. Of the remaining 67 cases, 55 cadets have admitted cheating and have been enrolled in a six-month rehabilitation program focused on ethics. They will be on probation for the rest of their time at the academy. Three more cadets admitted cheating but weren’t eligible for the rehabilitation program.

Source: More than 70 West Point cadets accused of cheating on exam – 6abc Philadelphia

Somerset school district to close until Dec. 7 | Somerset | dailyamerican.com

Somerset Area School District Superintendent Krista Mathias reported on Friday that officials learned about four new positive COVID-19 cases in the district.

“All students and employees who were close contacts of the affected individuals have been notified and quarantined accordingly,” she wrote in an email.

As a result, the entire district will be closed for 14 days. School will resume on Dec. 7, barring additional cases or directives from the state.

All students will be learning remotely Monday and Tuesday of next week, as well as on Dec. 1-4.

Mathias said that she is in contact with state health officials each time a case is reported. Thorough cleanings and other precautions are part of the mitigation efforts.

Source: Somerset school district to close until Dec. 7 | Somerset | dailyamerican.com

Pittsburgh Public Schools reopening school campuses, only 800 students returning

PITTSBURGH — We are learning how Pittsburgh Public Schools are preparing to reopen their school campuses.

On Monday, a select group of students will return – following weeks of virtual learning.

Since March, schools have been closed to in-person learning to keep students and staff safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the district, 800 students out of 23,000 will be welcomed back.Students with special needs and those who are considered medically fragile will be the first to return.

“Safety comes first. That’s what we have to go by right now. It’s unfortunate, but we are doing the best we can under the current circumstances. Please bear with us. Hopefully, we will get a vaccine soon, and we can go back to a bit of normalcy. But, if not – we are doing the best we can to educate our students,” said Dr. Anthony Hamlet, superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Source: PPS reopening school campuses, only 800 students returning

State Officials Recommend Westmoreland County Schools Go Online-Only As Coronavirus Cases Rise – CBS Pittsburgh

For the second week in a row, the Wolf administration says it’s speaking with Westmoreland County school districts because of “substantial” community spread.

Source: State Officials Recommend Westmoreland County Schools Go Online-Only As Coronavirus Cases Rise – CBS Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Public Schools plans transition to hybrid learning model next month

Families will be able to chose to switch to the hybrid model or continue with remote learning full-time.

Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet said about 6,000 students will continues learning completely online, roughly 25%of the student body.

Hybrid learning model will begin on Nov. 9

Source: Pittsburgh Public Schools plans transition to hybrid learning model next month

Johnstown school district promotes anti-bullying campaign | News | tribdem.com

Dressed in orange Wednesday to promote “Unity Day” as part of National Bullying Prevention Month, the students and faculty at Greater Johnstown School District were excited to share their message of kindness.

“We just wanted to do something positive in our district,” elementary Assistant Principal Kimberly Moore said.

The new approach to the age-old issue aims to prevent bullying by teaching students to be more compassionate and empathetic versus solely disciplining bad behavior. 

Throughout October, students have been taught about spreading kindness, signed pledges and participated in activities to promote empathy.

Wednesday was the culmination of those activities.

Source: Johnstown school district promotes anti-bullying campaign | News | tribdem.com

Hempfield Area High School to close for remainder of week due to additional COVID-19 cases

The district said it was notified at 1 p.m. Tuesday that one additional high school student and one additional middle school student tested positive for COVID-19.

The district said a total of 12 high school students have tested positive since Monday, Oct. 12.

The high school will reopen on Monday, Oct. 26 for students of group “A.”

The district said free meals can continue to be picked up at the high school between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. High school athletics are canceled for the remainder of this week.

Click here to read the full letter from the district.

Elementary parents, please follow this link to access a survey indicating if you would like your child to receive a
district-issued Chromebook for remote instruction. Please complete this form no later than Friday, October 23,
2020, by 4:00 PM so that Chromebooks can be prepared for distribution in the event of remote instruction.

Source: Hempfield Area High School to close for remainder of week due to additional COVID-19 cases

Pittsburgh Public School board hires consultant to analyze student arrest data – Pittsburgh Current

The Pittsburgh Public Schools board has embarked on a focus on student arrests and involvement with the juvenile justice system by hiring a consultant to disaggregate its data on police calls for service, arrests and citations involving district students.

From the 2015-2016 school year through the 2019-2020 school year, Pittsburgh students were arrested by school police more than 2,500 times and a recent report by Black Girls Equity Alliance identified the district as the largest source of referrals for black girls in the county.

The board hired RMC Research Corporation at its legislative meeting Wednesday, at a cost of $17,000, to disaggregate the police data by year and student characteristics including gender, grade, age, race, Individualized Education Plan status and English language status. It will also identify the location, officer and offense category.

Source: Pittsburgh Public School board hires consultant to analyze student arrest data – Pittsburgh Current

White professor Jessica Krug of George Washington University admits she lied about being Black – CBS News

Jessica A. Krug said she has “built her life on a violent anti-Black lie.”

Image

According to her university bio, Krug is an expert in Africa, Latin America, African American history, early modern world history, imperialism and colonialism. Her courses include, “Caribbean on the Move: The Politics of Immigration and Popular Dance in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas” and “Africa and the African Diaspora: (Trans)Nationalisms and the Politics of Modernity.”

She is a finalist for both the Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass book prizes.

Source: White professor Jessica Krug of George Washington University admits she lied about being Black – CBS News

Tuition-Free Online & Virtual Public School Programs | K12

K12 offers students a high-quality education through tuition-free online public schools available in more than 33 states. K12’s acclaimed K–8 and high school programs provide an individualized educational experience for students. Take charge of your child’s education with K12.

How does public school at home work?

K12 uses digital technology to provide a rigorous, interactive curriculum and high-quality educational experiences that give students an opportunity to succeed.

 

How is public school at home the same as a traditional school?

Like brick-and-mortar schools, K12-powered online public schools:

  • Are tuition-free* and full time
  • Serve students in grades kindergarten through 12
  • Have state-certified teachers who provide instruction and support
  • Follow a traditional school year
  • Adhere to state requirements for assessments
  • Award graduates a high school diploma

Source: Tuition-Free Online & Virtual Public School Programs | K12

Student protesters occupy fraternity house, want it closed | Fox News

Students at Swarthmore College have occupied an on-campus fraternity house in an effort to get it shut down.

The demonstration is aimed at shutting down the Phi Psi chapter at the private liberal arts school in suburban Philadelphia. On Monday morning, about 30 students were sitting at the college-owned building, which is mainly used for Phi Psi parties and other social activities. As many as 100 protesters were there over the weekend.

“We’re trying to force the college to make the right decision on this,” senior Morgin Goldberg, 22, said.

Source: Student protesters occupy fraternity house, want it closed | Fox News

Cops charge girl with bringing pocket knife to Indiana Co. high school | TribLIVE

 

Officials learned of the knife at 12:40 p.m. at Penns Manor High School in Cherryhill Township, in eastern Indiana County. Police said the knife was confiscated without incident.

The girl, whose age was not provided by police, is being charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds. The charge will be handled through juvenile court.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

Source: Cops charge girl with bringing pocket knife to Indiana Co. high school | TribLIVE

Hundreds of schools closed as teachers rally in Oklahoma, Kentucky

 

Hundreds of schools were closed Monday morning in Oklahoma and Kentucky while thousands of teachers rallied at their state capitols, CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca reports. They’re demanding higher pay and increased school funding.

Art teacher Laurissa Kovacs says her kids aren’t even getting the basics at Puterbaugh Middle School.

“The chairs are in awful condition,” Kovacs told Villafranca. “They’re broken and they literally hurt the kids to sit down. If you look through the stacks, you can just see how many of the broken areas and cracks that will pinch you and jagged tops.”

Kovacs says she’s had to bring in folding chairs from home to give her students a proper place to sit. She can’t take the frustration any longer.

Source: Hundreds of schools closed as teachers rally in Oklahoma, Kentucky