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By The Associated Press 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Initial performance audits of West Virginia schools will begin Monday as part of a new statewide assessment program.

The audits involve onsite visits of all schools by the Office of Education Performance Audits over the next two years. They will provide Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the state Legislature and the West Virginia Board of Education an overall view of performance.

Among the reasons for the visits are to identify...


By Mackenzie Mays

A new state policy will give school districts more power to hold families accountable for student attendance.

The state Board of Education placed Policy 4110 on public comment on Thursday, which will allow school officials to cross county lines in order to pursue truancy charges. 

The policy breaks down barriers that may have allowed a student or guardian to avoid truancy charges if they live in a different county than where they attend school, and...


Associated Press 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah elementary school teacher who was carrying a concealed firearm at school was struck by fragments from a bullet and a porcelain toilet when her gun accidentally fired in a faculty bathroom on Thursday, officials said.

The sixth-grade teacher at Westbrook Elementary School, in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville, was injured when the bullet struck a toilet and caused it to explode, Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley...


By Mackenzie Mays, 

The West Virginia Board of Education is considering major reform for the state’s school system, which would change the way local school districts operate. 

Education leaders are examining ways to restructure the state’s 55-district school system by putting school management and bookkeeping responsibilities in the hands of an outside entity, allowing local administrators to focus more on student achievement. 

As part of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s...


By Phil Kabler 
The Charleston Gazette

An Internal Revenue Service regulation defining “normal retirement age” as 62 or older probably won’t go into effect until Spring 2016, the executive director of the state Consolidated Public Retirement Board said Monday.

In order to go into effect next year, the revised IRS regulation would have put out for public comment by mid-October, which Jeff Fleck told a legislative interim committee is highly unlikely.

“If the...