Pittsburgh Public Schools to begin remote instruction for students April 16

With schools across Pennsylvania closed until further notice because of COVID-19, Pittsburgh Public Schools are preparing to begin remote at-home instruction for students.

Student instruction will begin April 16, following orientation and distribution of materials on April 14 and April 15, the school district said Monday night. Teachers were set to begin training Tuesday.

The school district said it will buy 5,000 new laptops, adding them to the 2,500 that it says are already available. Another 599 devices will come from the University of Pittsburgh. The district said it will continue working to get more. Distribution to identified students will begin with high school seniors April 9.

Printed instructional packets will be provided for students who are unable to complete them online. Packets will be distributed at Grab-and-Go meal locations.

Source: Pittsburgh Public Schools to begin remote instruction for students April 16

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Pittsburgh Public Schools will not reopen until April 14 at earliest

Gov. Wolf’s order will keep all Pennsylvania schools closed until at least April 6, and Pittsburgh Public Schools have a spring break scheduled from April 6 through April 13.

Source: Pittsburgh Public Schools will not reopen until April 14 at earliest

Pittsburgh Public Schools Could Be Closed Beyond April | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Pittsburgh public school officials are planning now to be closed longer than the two weeks ordered by Governor Tom Wolf.

Superintendent Anthony hamlet doesn’t know how long districts will be closed but he says they are planning for it to last through April, longer if necessary.

He spoke at Langley high school where a few students were picking up grab and go lunch is activity packets will be available next week for students without access to the districts online learning.

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Source: Pittsburgh Public Schools Could Be Closed Beyond April | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

Closed, abandoned Pittsburgh schools costing taxpayers nearly $450K to maintain

PITTSBURGH — Hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars are being used to keep closed, empty schools essentially open.

Pittsburgh is home to several of these buildings, some which haven’t been used by the district for years.

Source: Closed, abandoned Pittsburgh schools costing taxpayers nearly $450K to maintain

‘Non-specific, potential threat’ closes Plum Borough School District for Monday

A district notification said the closure will be in place as “an abundance of caution and until the investigation can be thoroughly completed.”

Source: ‘Non-specific, potential threat’ closes Plum Borough School District for Monday

Two Pittsburgh Catholic schools to close

Two Pittsburgh Catholic schools will be closing at the end of the school year due to continuing enrollment declines and mounting school and parish debt, the Diocese of Pittsburgh confirmed on Friday.

Source: Two Pittsburgh Catholic schools to close

9-year-old prodigy dropped out of college after learning he wouldn’t graduate before he turned 10

A child prodigy was on track to be the youngest person to graduate from college until, his parents claim, the school veered off course.

Source: 9-year-old prodigy dropped out of college after learning he wouldn’t graduate before he turned 10

Pittsburgh Public Schools announces intention to reinvent classrooms

Imagine PPS is meant to bring in community groups to help improve outcomes in key areas

Aside from being a top-down review of the district’s finances, the plan brings in community groups to help give expertise and possibly money to improve issues in the district.

The key categories: Student pathways, areas of interest, school design and school/performance improvement.

The community groups stepping up to help: UPMC Children’s Hospital, Achieva, Heinz Endowment, CCAC and the Buhl Foundation, to name a few.

Over the next six months, the district will work with a specific group to figure out plans to improve classrooms and get students ready for the jobs of tomorrow.

Source: Pittsburgh Public Schools announces intention to reinvent classrooms

Johnstown school on lockdown as Police handle situation in town | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) –Johnstown High School  was under a “shelter in place” causing dismissal to be delayed Friday.

Police were on the scene to handle a situation in the Moxham neighborhood of Johnstown.

Source: Johnstown school on lockdown as Police handle situation in town | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

Concerns about bedbugs in Laurel Highlands School District

The Laurel Highlands School District superintendent says precautions have been taken after a couple of families reported bedbugs, and more work is being done.

In addition to the treatment at the high school, an exterminator will treat all buildings in the Laurel Highlands School District through the weekend. All buses and vans will be treated by Saturday.

Parents are being told to clean students’ book bags and to not use those bags until Tuesday.

The school district said the state health department is not recommending closure of the building, but any individual students can be excused with written permission from a parent or guardian.

Some parents told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 they were upset they were not notified sooner and that classes are not being canceled during the treatment of the buildings and vehicles.

More: Click here to read a letter from the Laurel Highlands superintendent

Video appears to contradict Warren’s suggestion that school fired her over pregnancy | Fox News

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., suggested this week that a school principal effectively fired her from a teaching job after she became “visibly pregnant,” but a resurfaced video indicates that wasn’t the actual reason she left the job.

Source: Video appears to contradict Warren’s suggestion that school fired her over pregnancy | Fox News

Fiske Elementary School in Chicago accused of kicking 9-year-old out into the cold, reporting him missing – CBS News

Family accuses officials at Fiske Elementary School of kicking a nine-year-old boy out into the cold without a coat, after he’d repeatedly complained of being bullied

Source: Fiske Elementary School in Chicago accused of kicking 9-year-old out into the cold, reporting him missing – CBS News

100s Of Pittsburgh Public School Credit Cards Run Up Millions Of Dollars In Purchases – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Hundreds of credit cards issued by the district to teachers and staff have questionable oversight and controls.

Procurement cards, or p-cards for short, are school district-issued credit cards for the purchases of last-minute supplies.

They are a convenient and streamlined way of keeping the wheels of education turning.

A KDKA investigation has found that the Pittsburgh Public Schools have issued no less than 650 of these cards to teachers and staff, who are racking up millions of dollars of purchases every year.

And while the cards are not supposed to be used for personal purchases, Controller Michael Lamb says it’s a system of loose oversight and controls that IS based mainly on trust.

“When you have that many cards, you lose control,” Lamb said. “And when the proper procedures aren’t in place, you create the opportunity for fraud. And that’s what you have in the school district right now.”

Source: 100s Of Pittsburgh Public School Credit Cards Run Up Millions Of Dollars In Purchases – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH SCHOOLS MARIJUANA: Possible pot brownies, other desserts discovered at a Pittsburgh high school | WPXI

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Public Schools are investigating after possible marijuana-laced desserts were discovered at a high school.

Channel 11 has learned marijuana may have been baked into what appeared to be brownies and Rice Krispies Treats at Taylor Allderdice High School.

Rick Earle Reporting

@WPXIRickEarle

Breaking: investigation underway at Pgh high school after rice crispies treats and brownies possibly laced with marijuana being sold by students.

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The discovery was made on the same day Gov. Tom Wolf announces his support for legalizing marijuana for adults over the age of 18.

Source: PITTSBURGH SCHOOLS MARIJUANA: Possible pot brownies, other desserts discovered at a Pittsburgh high school | WPXI

KDKA Investigates: Normally Quiet Fox Chapel School District Embroiled In Controversy – CBS Pittsburgh

The normally quiet Fox Chapel School District has become a hotbed of controversy.

Source: KDKA Investigates: Normally Quiet Fox Chapel School District Embroiled In Controversy – CBS Pittsburgh

California joins a handful of other states that provide community college tuition-free – CNN

California will provide free tuition for two years of community college to first-time, full-time California students.

California governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation to increase the 2019-2020 state budget to $42.6 million. This expansion allows the California College Promise program to make a second year of free community college tuition possible for approximately 33,000 students.

Source: California joins a handful of other states that provide community college tuition-free – CNN

School family-teacher organization president charged with taking thousands in funds meant for students

School family-teacher organization president charged with taking thousands in funds meant for students

A criminal complaint said Jennifer Murawski, 38, of Monroeville, took $3,600 from book fairs at Evergreen Elementary School and Moss Side Middle School in the Gateway School District.

The complaint said she took another $7,300 directly from the Mosside Family-Teacher Organization bank account.

Source: School family-teacher organization president charged with taking thousands in funds meant for students

Actor Matthew McConaughey joins University of Texas as faculty professor

Before starring in Dazed and Confused, Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective, among dozens of other notable roles, he earned a film degree from the University of Texas in 1993.

Right now, University of Texas students are running to the registrar’s office or firing up their computers to sign up for an upcoming Matthew McConaughey class.

UT’s Moody College of Communication announced Wednesday that the Academy Award-winning actor has been appointed as a professor of practice to the Department of Radio-Television-Film faculty.

Source: Actor Matthew McConaughey joins University of Texas as faculty professor

PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES: Pitt suspends program in partially Chinese funded Confucius Institute | WPXI

The University of Pittsburgh is suspending a program that brought Chinese students to Pittsburgh to teach Mandarin to K-12 schools in the area.

The suspension of the program came after U.S. State Department required changes to the program, including more oversight of the instructors and how paperwork was submitted for visas. Belkys Torres, the executive director of global engagement at Pitt, said these changes stemmed from an audit conducted by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Private Sector Exchange Program Administration (OPA) last fall.

Source: PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES: Pitt suspends program in partially Chinese funded Confucius Institute | WPXI

Tutankhamun’s gilded coffin leaves its tomb for the first time since 1922 | Somerset County Gazette

The gilded outer coffin has been removed from the king’s tomb for the first time since it was discovered in 1922 and it will take eight months to restore weaknesses in the plaster.

Tutankhamun, known as the “Golden Pharaoh”, was an 18th dynasty king who ruled from the age of eight to 19. He died in 1324BC and is best known for being the first royal tomb to be discovered almost entirely intact.

Source: Tutankhamun’s gilded coffin leaves its tomb for the first time since 1922 | Somerset County Gazette