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April 1, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former governor and national education leader Gaston Caperton broke his silence on the state of West Virginia's education system on Monday - pushing for teacher pay raises and voicing concerns about Common Core.

Caperton, who, after his stint as West Virginia governor ended in 1997 went on to teach at Harvard and Columbia and, until recently, served as president of the College Board, which administers the SAT...

April 1, 2014

By Jennifer Smith
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Superintendent of School Dr. Jim Phares is retiring. He made the announcement Tuesday in a resignation letter he submitted to the state Board of Education.

Phares said he plans to retire on June 30 but will remain superintendent until his replacement has been named.

In his resignation letter, Phares said, “Thank you for the opportunity to serve the students, parents and teachers of the state of West Virginia...

April 1, 2014

By Marla Pisciotta 
The Associated Press

ROMNEY, W.Va. — A second meeting within as many weeks was held Friday at the Ebenezer Church, Sunrise Summit, to discuss the fate of child care workers at West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

Anita Mitter is an organizational development specialist with the West Virginia Education Association.

“This was a work meeting because the child care workers have a lot ahead of them. They are facing the possible loss of...

April 2, 2014

Phares doesn’t reveal his reason
By John Raby Associated Press  

CHARLESTON — West Virginia schools Superintendent James B. Phares announced his retirement Tuesday after only 15 months on the job, an unexpected move that disappointed some who hoped he’d stick around to lead a department whose policies had come under heavy scrutiny by a wide-ranging audit.

Phares didn’t give a reason in his letter to state Board of Education President Gayle Manchin behind his decision to...

April 2, 2014

By Jeff Jenkins in News | April 02, 2014 at 12:57PM 
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The president of the West Virginia Education Association said Wednesday Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin evidently doesn’t understand the importance of daily planning periods for teachers.
(Read governor’s veto message here)...

April 3, 2014

By Jessica Farrish 
(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter 

A teacher’s union and a service personnel group in Raleigh County on Wednesday abandoned a petition drive to ask the  Raleigh County Board of Education to “revisit” the resignation of Superintendent Jim Brown.

The groups dropped the effort at Brown’s request, officials reported.

The Raleigh County American Federation of Teachers and the Raleigh County School Service Personnel Association had planned and...

April 4, 2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A gap in the state budget is growing but West Virginia revenue officials say it will be filled by the end of the fiscal year in June.

Tax collections in March came in about $14 million below projections. For the fiscal year's first nine months, tax collections are more than $78 million below projections.

The fiscal year ends June 30.

Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss and Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow discussed the state's...

April 7, 2014

By WVEA Communications Staff

The West Virginia Education Association-Political Action Committee recommends the following people for the May 13 Primary Election.

“WVEA-PAC believes, based on past performances and responses to interview questions, these candidates are advocates for education and for children,” stated WVEA-PAC Chair Dale Lee. “These candidates share our commitment to improving education in West Virginia.”

WVEA-PAC is the independent, political arm of the...

April 7, 2014

By Chelsi Baker 
Times West Virginian 

FAIRMONT — Students in Marion County missed 19 days of school this year.

With snowfall totaling 62 1/2 inches this winter and temperatures reaching 9 degrees below zero at times, students and teachers were forced to stay home so as not to risk their safety.

That many snow days left schools behind schedule in terms of what material teachers want and need to cover, which could negatively impact students’ progress on what they...

April 7, 2014

By Michael Erb 
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

 

PARKERSBURG - While the announcement of a new superintendent will be one of the major issues addressed by the Wood County Board of Education next week, several equally important items will be up for discussion at Tuesday's meeting.

The board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the district's 13th and Plum street offices in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the public.

The school board plans to announce its choice for the...

April 8, 2014

West Virginia lawmakers took some important steps for teachers during this year’s regular legislative session.

During a tight budget year, legislators and Gov. Tomblin recognized teachers and service employees were in need of a pay increase. I commend them for taking this first step to getting West Virginia teachers on the path to competitive pay.

But perhaps even more important than the $1,000 pay raise for teachers and 2 percent increase for service professionals is goal...

April 8, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette 

Top education officials are dispelling rumors that they’re interested in becoming West Virginia’s next superintendent of schools, including outgoing School Building Authority Director Mark Manchin and members of the state Board of Education, tasked with choosing the superintendent.

Last week, Superintendent Jim Phares announced his plans to retire this summer — an expected move, since the Board of Education said he would serve in...

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