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August-20-2014

By Lloyd Jackson 
For The Charleston Gazette

The article of July 22 “West Virginia ranked low for preschool access,” relies on rankings by the Kids Count Data Center that fail to recognize all the facts about early childhood education in West Virginia. It is incredibly unfair to all those hard-working people who built our pre-K program to cite rankings in a way that implies their work has been anything less than a huge success. We owe it to them to convey the whole story and...

August-18-2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Officials are strengthening the partnership between the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind and Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday approved an agreement and contract for leasing between the entities.

Earlier this year, the board accepted a proposal to reclassify workers at the schools for the deaf and blind to be residential care specialists...

August-14-2014

By Hoppy Kercheval in Hoppy's Commentary | August 13, 2014 at 12:42AM

One of the more significant shortcomings of West Virginia’s public school system historically has been the erosion of actual days of instruction.  Rules concerning when school could start and had to end, employment contracts, snow days, holidays, spring break and deer season all conspired to cut into school time.

The supposed goal was always 180 days of instruction, but nearly every year most counties had...

August-14-2014

By Shauna Johnson in News | 

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – The superintendent of West Virginia’s second largest county school system says the school calendar has not changed that much in Berkeley County this year, even with a new mandate for 180 days of instructional time for students.

“Last year was such an unusual year for snow days and we’ve always been right around the 180 (requirement) in previous years,” Superintendent Manny Arvon said. “I think we might have started a day sooner...

August-11-2014

By Mackenzie Mays, Staff writer 
 
In 2012, at least 1,850 teachers retired in West Virginia —about 230 more than the state saw in 2008, according to the state Consolidated Public Retirement Board.

Those numbers don’t include members of the Teachers Defined Contribution Retirement System, which has a smaller membership than the state’s Teachers Retirement System and was closed to new members in 2005.

Last year, in Kanawha County — the state’s largest school district...

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