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February 11, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More than 840 people have signed an online petition to get Kanawha County Schools to supply bottled water for students through the end of the school year.

But state officials can't say how long they'll be able to continue supplying packaged water to students.

The petition, created on the website MoveOn.org in response to last month's chemical leak, asks the state's largest school district to supply water...

February 12, 2014

By Tricia Lynn Strader -, journal-news.net 

BERKELEY SPRINGS - A Jefferson County circuit court judge has dismissed a challenge to a special school levy election set for May 13 in Morgan County.

In January, attorney Michael L. Scales filed a lawsuit on behalf of residents Dorothea Jeannie Ford, Frieda Ickes and Kent "Brooks" McCumbee. The complaint said according West Virginia Code 18-9-1, the school board can only present a previously defeated levy vote again at a general...

February 12, 2014

By Jessica Farrish Register-Herald Reporter   

Two Woodrow Wilson High School teachers addressed the Raleigh County Board of Education Tuesday evening on the anticipated change from block to period scheduling.

Woodrow Faculty Chair Vicki Moss asked that teachers be notified of any upcoming changes and that they be allowed an academic year to make a smooth transition.

“Until this morning, we were all under the impression that all of the Raleigh County high schools would...

February 12, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Amid a push for more transparency in West Virginia's teacher hiring process, state Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares is denying accusations he played a part in his son's recent hiring as a teacher.

Last year, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's education reform bill -- which also de-emphasized seniority in the hiring process -- gave teachers the ability to weigh in on hiring decisions at their school alongside principals. But if a school's faculty...

February 13, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education is in the preliminary phases of determining what aspects of student achievement will be considered when the state makes the switch to an A-F labeling system for schools in the fall.

The state will swap its old five-category accountability system -- which the state Department of Education unveiled in May when it received a No Child Left Behind waiver -- to move to what...

February 13, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education voted on Wednesday to hire its first-ever full-time attorney, whose job will be specifically to tend to the board's needs -- not the Department of Education as a whole.

The state Department of Education already employs two full-time attorneys: Heather Hutchens-Deskins, who makes more than $100,200, and Sherri Goodman, who makes more than $85,000.

Charleston-based...

February 13, 2014

By Kera Mashek
WCHS

Dunbar, W.Va. -- Some industry estimates say there are up to 600,000 jobs vacant across the country, because there aren't workers with the right skill sets to fill those positions: from manufacturing to technical trades.

So this year, 26 schools across West Virginia launched a brand new program called the "simulated workplace." It's not exactly an ordinary way of learning -- but it's a method that students and teachers are confident will help prepare...

February 13, 2014

By Shauna Johnson 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Retired public employees and teachers will be at the State Capitol on Thursday morning, pushing for two pieces of legislation that those with the Coalition of Retired Public Employees say are long overdue.

“It’s a matter of priorities,” said Ernie “Spud” Terry, CORPE spokesperson, who was helping organize the annual event to build support for the group’s legislative causes.

Again this year, group members are...

February 14, 2014

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A reworked teacher pay raise proposal moving in the state Senate sets a legislative goal of raising salaries for all starting teachers in West Virginia to $43,000 by 2019.

“We knew that this was going to be a long-term plan that would have to be in place,” said Dale Lee, West Virginia Education Association president, on Friday’s MetroNews “Talkline” of the goal.

Members of the Senate Finance Committee will next...

February 14, 2014

By WVEA Communications Staff

Two West Virginia Education Association members and educators were recognized by the state Board of Education Wednesday after each received a national math and science teaching award.

Barbara "Tootie" Black, the teaching principal at Hometown Elementary in Red House, and Gabrielle Rhodes, a teacher at Union Elementary School in Buckhannon, received Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching late last year.

State...

February 14, 2014

By Phil Kabler
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's bill to give pay raises to public school teachers and school service personnel advanced Thursday out of the Senate Education Committee -- with a change intended to give more bang for the buck to newer teachers.

The new version of the bill (SB391) would provide an across-the-board $1,000 raise -- instead of giving a 2 percent pay raise to teachers, as Tomblin proposed.

Senate...

February 14, 2014

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education says buying supplies in bulk helped county school systems save more than $2.2 million in 2013.

The board learned this week that the state's eight Regional Education Service Agencies made the savings possible through a cooperative service agreement in place since 2011.

The agreement allows counties to buy instructional supplies and school-related necessities such as custodial supplies at a...

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