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January 27, 2014

By Sarah Harmon, Staff Writer
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register 
 

MOUNDSVILLE - Woody Yoder, curriculum director of Marshall County Schools, believes the key to helping children struggling to learn is a teacher's comprehensive knowledge of the unique qualities of his or her students.

According to Yoder, the county's implementation of the Support for Personalized Learning program has given teachers the tools to keep track of students who have difficulty...

January 27, 2014

By Douglas Imbrogno
The Sunday Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Textbooks were famously a line in the sand in culture wars that shook Kanawha County in the early 1970s. Trey Kay documented "The Great Textbook War," the title of his award-winning public radio documentary about the subject, which was honored with the Peabody, Murrow and duPont awards.

Textbooks remain a flashpoint for all kinds of cultural and social issues and Kay is back with a new radio documentary, "...

January 27, 2014

Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG - A chemistry teacher at Parkersburg High School will be the guest of U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., at President Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Judith Winans is a chemistry teacher at Parkersburg High and was the 2014 Wood County Teacher of the Year. She has taught school for 26 years.

Obama, a Democrat, is in his second term as chief executive. The speech begins around 9 p.m.

January 27, 2014

By Joselyn King and Sarah Harmon, Staff Writers
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

Local school districts seek ways to make up for lost instruction days as frosty weather has hit the Ohio Valley several times this winter, bringing icy roads and below-zero temperatures that make it unsafe for students to travel to their classrooms. They'll have to get even more creative as the weekend's blanket of snow and the coming polar deep freeze will keep children home from school....

January 27, 2014

By Michael Clouse
WSAZ

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Right now, teachers in Kanawha County are only evaluated on whether they dress professionally. However, with a few issues popping up, some officials want some rules set in stone.

"It surprised me. I've been on the school board for 12 years and I was surprised we didn't have one," said Kanawha County School Board member Becky Jordon.

For Jordon, a parent herself, no dress code policy came as a shock.

"We...

January 27, 2014

By Jim Sannes and Lauren Talotta
WBOY-TV

Harrison County Board of Education President Mike Queen announced Friday that he has resigned from his position as president and member of the board so that he is seeking election in the State Senate as a Republican.

"Being a school board member is the toughest job that I ever loved.  I did it for the students.  In 2006, I asked the voters for two terms. That's eight years. The voters elected me with large majorities in both...

January 28, 2014

By Jenni Vincent 
journal-news.net

SPRING MILLS - U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito wore more than one hat at Monday's anti-bullying and cyberbullying forum, an opportunity for Eastern Panhandle educators to collectively discuss these problems.

A concerned mother of three adult children, Capito said she's already worried about her young grandchildren and what awaits them as they grow older.

Capito, who organized the afternoon meeting held at Spring Mills High School...

January 28, 2014

By Phil Kabler
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Cuts in the business franchise and corporate net income tax and the elimination of the sales tax on food have reduced state tax collections in the current budget year by about $360 million, Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss told the Senate Finance Committee on Monday.

"If none of these tax cuts had passed, the state would be seeing significantly higher revenue," said Kiss, who said the goal is that the tax cuts will...

January 29, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise and state education officials met Tuesday to discuss the future of the Promise scholarship, which has gradually been hit with budget cuts since it was introduced more than a decade ago.

The Promise -- a state-funded merit-based scholarship which helps pay four-year tuition for students attending West Virginia colleges -- once meant a free ride for recipients. Now, the...

January 29, 2014

By Sarah Harmon, Staff Writer
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

The Marshall County Board of Education may choose to support a statewide pay raise for teachers after hearing a presentation from Owens Brown, the Northern Panhandle representative for the West Virginia Education Association, at Tuesday's meeting.

According to Brown, West Virginia teachers' salaries trail the national average by nearly $10,000. He said the teachers' pay in the state ranks 48th in the...

January 29, 2014

By Stephen Huba, For the Weirton Daily Times

NEW CUMBERLAND - Hancock County school bus drivers are worried that moving all Weirton buses to the New Cumberland bus garage will compromise student safety, increase wear and tear on the buses, and further burden county taxpayers.

Longtime bus drivers Judy Mullins and Diana Risk took their complaint to the Hancock County Board of Education Monday night, asking that the 19 Weirton buses be kept in Weirton.

"As bus operators,...

January 29, 2014

By Jessica Farrish
(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter

Hours before canceling school in Raleigh County for today, Raleigh Superintendent of Schools Jim Brown and school board members discussed the calendar at the regular board of education meeting Tuesday.

Brown sent out a notice to parents Tuesday, notifying them that six days originally planned as out-of-school environment days and two continuing education days will now be school days.

Students were not required...

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