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Western Pa. school for students with visual impairments calls attention to chronic teacher shortage

Last year, Pennsylvania issued only 15 new certificates for teachers of the visually impaired. The state’s department of education considers it a shortage area because that number has fluctuated over the years, but has consistently remained low.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA

‘I let my guard down’ to connect with students, says Pa.’s 2019 Teacher of the Year

Joe Welch teaches American History at the North Hills Middle School
By Sarah Schneider/WESA

Pittsburgh Public Schools plans to re-launch teacher diversity initiative with 2 local universities

In return for participating in the initiative, the teachers must agree to teach in high-needs Pittsburgh Public Schools for three years once they are certified.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA

Teachers are tackling the impeachment trial in a politically divisive climate

Social studies teacher Traci Castro said it’s challenging to teach current events when the county is so divided, but she said students have been more engrossed in class.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA

Pitt alumni join students to pressure administration to divest from fossil fuels

“I want to be part of a university that has strong moral values and is going to stand up for what’s right."
By Sarah Schneider/WESA

Five of the country’s most economically segregated school district borders are in western Pa.

A national study identified Western Pennsylvania as an “inequality belt” where several districts’ students are isolated in a high-poverty school district and a neighboring affluent community is supported by a healthy local economy.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA


Allegheny County issues nearly $800K in fines for Clairton Coke Works violations

The department levied nearly $800,000 in penalties, to be paid to the Community Benefit Trust and to the Allegheny Clean Air Fund.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA

Advocacy groups say Pennsylvania underfunds special education

The state used to cover a third of costs. Now it pays for a fourth of what districts spend on services for students with disabilities.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA

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