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September-07-2016

Kanawha's plans for FEMA funds all include portable classrooms
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kanawha County public schools officials say they still plan to request that the Federal Emergency Management Agency fund portable classrooms to house Clendenin Elementary and Herbert Hoover High students, whose schools were wrecked in the late-June floods that ravaged several West Virginia counties.

Charles Wilson, Kanawha County Schools’ executive...

September-06-2016

State school board to vote on Fayette facilities plan
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

In two instances of déjà vu, the West Virginia Board of Education is set to vote this week on a consolidation plan for Fayette County’s public school system and a policy waiver that will again stop the requirement that teachers be evaluated based on their students’ standardized test scores.

Unlike the last Fayette consolidation plan, though, the new one has...

August-31-2016

Study: WV school workforce 'largely stable,' but new teacher retention an issue
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia's public school teacher and administrator workforce is "largely stable," although nearly one-fifth of new Mountain State teachers left the state's public education system after one school year, according to a new study that looked at five school years.

The study, released last week, found that, on average, 90.1 percent...

August-29-2016

Martirano pushes 'stay the course' attitude
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano says education will continue to improve in West Virginia’s public schools if everyone stays the course.

Announcements the past two weeks have shown some modest improvement in test scores, including the Smarter Balanced Assessment and the ACT and Martirano has also celebrated Mineral County’s 97 percent graduation...

August-24-2016

State superintendent lauds Mineral County's high graduation rate
By Amanda Mangan, WV MetroNews

KEYSER, W.Va. — State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano says he’ll share what’s been successful with the graduation rate in Mineral County with other counties.

“I’ll be sharing the best practices with other counties and making certain that they are rising to that level,” Martirano said after a visit to Keyser this week.

Mineral County leads the...

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