District officials did not ask for the federal race for the best grant, which would have provided more than $1 million in additional federal funds to improve students` academic performance.  Participation required the administration, the school board and the local teachers` union to sign an agreement to prioritize improving student academic achievement. In Pennsylvania, 120 public school districts and 56 charter schools agreed to participate.  Pennsylvania was not approved for the grant. The inability of districts to commit to participate was cited as one of the reasons Pennsylvania was not allowed.    The agreement gives workers a two percent pay increase in the first and third year of the agreement and a wage freeze in the second and fourth years, according to The Almanac, and save the borough $17,000. The collective agreement extends the collective agreement with 43 district employees, including bus drivers and cabin crew, until 2017. The Upper St. Clair School District has signed a new four-year contract with Upper St. Clair School Professional Support. During the 2005-2006 school year, an academic controversy was the abolition of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
Members of the new school committee, elected in 2005, criticized the program as too costly, a needless doubling of the Advanced Placement, saying its international perspective was contrary to “Judeo-Christian values.” In February 2006, the new school board voted 5 to 4 to phase out the IB program over two years, so that only current Grade 11 and 12 students can meet the requirements.  In March 2006, the ACLU filed an appeal and in May 2006, an out-of-court settlement was reached with two main provisions. Initially, the program was reinstated for at least two years. Second, as part of the transaction agreement, a nine-month study was conducted to determine the value of the IB program. The study resulted in a recommendation to maintain the IB curriculum.  The District Administration reported that 175 or 4.23% of students in the Upper Saint Clair School District were identified as gifted in 2009.  By law, the district must offer mental programs at all levels. The transfer procedure for a gifted assessment can be initiated by teachers or parents by addressing the student`s site manager and requesting an assessment. All applications must be submitted in writing. To be eligible for intellectually gifted programs in Pennsylvania, a student must have a cognitive ability of at least 130 compared to a standardized aptitude test by a certified school psychologist. Other factors indicating talent are also considered for eligibility.   The Upper Saint Clair School District received an additional $1,751,309 for specialized education in 2010.
 For the 2011/2012 school year, all Pennsylvania public school districts received the same level of specialized education funding they received in 2010-11. This amount is provided regardless of changes in the number of students who require specific educational services and regardless of the amount of services students need.  The Upper Saint Clair School Board did not request exemptions exceeding the Act 1 budget index in 2011.  For the 2009/2010 budget, the Board of Directors did not ask for an exception to exceed the index.  In the spring of 2010, 135 school boards in Pennsylvania applied to exceed their adjusted index.