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September-28-2015

Bill Nye to visit Charleston for speaker series
By Lydia Nuzum, Health Reporter

 Bill Nye Nationally renowned science educator and former children’s television host Bill Nye will visit Charleston in November as part of the Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series, hosted by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research.

Nye, the host of the popular PBS series “Bill Nye the Science Guy” in the 1990s, will be the featured...

September-28-2015

Kanawha students receiving controversial new training to counter school shootings
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

 As part of a new training program, Kanawha County schools officials are now telling students and teachers they shouldn't automatically hunker down in classrooms if there's someone with a gun in their school.

Perhaps most controversial is the program's guidance that students can physically confront a shooter as a...

September-25-2015

Eight W.Va. schools chosen for STEM network
By Lori Kersey, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

George Washington High School in Charleston is one of eight schools across the state picked to be a part of West Virginia’s first STEM Network Schools program.

The program was developed based on the recommendations from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Council.

“Together, these schools will help ‘raise the bar’ in STEM...

September-24-2015

Plymale, Martirano talk education at Huntington Chamber session
The State Journal

Speaking to members of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce at a breakfast meeting Sept. 23, state Sen. Bob Plymale, D-Cabell/Wayne, voiced strong criticism of what he called the “intrusive” role of the federal government in education and offered some equally barbed comments about the testing now prevalent in the state’s schools.

Plymale said he is not a believer in...

September-23-2015

Boso says rural counties hit hardest by formula underfunding
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

State Senator Greg Boso (R, Nicholas – 11) wants to see changes and corrections to the Department of Education’s School Aid Formula to make up for underfunding in rural counties – many of which he represents.

“The one thing that we’ve got to do very quickly is make sure that we get the Department of Education to modify their calculation efforts to make sure that...

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