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February-19-2014

By Douglas Fritz
WVNSTV.com

BECKLEY - The Raleigh County Board of Education announced on Tuesday, Feb. 18, that they are making a change to the school calendar that affects students this week.

According to a release, Raleigh County students have missed 14 days of instruction this school year. To help compensate for the missed instruction days, there will be school on Friday, Feb. 21. However, it will not be a full day of school. Kids will be released three hours early on...

February-19-2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bill to allow West Virginia teachers to determine how to use their planning time passed the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.

The bill mandates that administrators may not ask a teacher to attend meetings, training or any other work-related event during a planning period. This includes parent-teacher conferences.

Frank Collier, executive director of the West Virginia Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals,...

February-18-2014

By Chelsi Baker 
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Marion County teachers, principals, school employees and parents gathered in the North Marion High School library Monday to discuss next year’s academic calendar during a public hearing of the Marion County Board of Education.

The calendar is up for discussion and public input until a committee meets in future months to design options, one of which the board will choose as the 2014-15 academic calendar.

The board...

February-18-2014

By Whitney Burdette 
Charleston Daily Mail Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A data sharing system that collects information on school children of all ages in an effort to improve education practices could get a little stronger.

The Senate on Monday passed Senate Bill 420, relating to the P-20W Longitudinal Data System. This system collects certain information on children that officials can analyze to assess progress beginning in early childhood education and continuing through...

February-17-2014

By Bill Archer 
Bluefield Daily Telegraph 

WELCH — In spite of all of the weather related challenges during the past several days, the McDowell County Board of Education Additional Levy passed Saturday on a 757-57 vote. McDowell County voters have approved the additional levy for 72 consecutive years. McDowell citizens voted to continue the levy until 2018.

It wasn’t an easy proposition this year due to the foot of snow that blanketed the region on Thursday, making travel...

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