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April 9, 2014

By Sarah Harmon, Staff Writer  
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register  
 
Marshall County students and teachers will see two extra days off Thanksgiving break for the beginning of hunting season next year after the the Marshall County Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the calendar at its Tuesday meeting.

The change was made after a recent public meeting in which several Cameron residents expressed concern about keeping school open on the first day of...

April 10, 2014

Charleston Daily Mail (editorial)
In a few weeks, students at public schools across the state will begin standardized testing. Assessments such as WESTEST have become a rite of spring for students in certain grades. Next year, WESTEST2 will be replaced with the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Yet there are many more. At some point in their school career, students are likely to face the NAEP, TSAT, ACT Plan, ACT Explore, Compass and more standardized tests to measure various things...

April 10, 2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jim Phares said he’s looking at the state Secondary Schools Activities Commission’s proposal to expand summer athletic practices from several different viewpoints.

“I’m not going to answer it just as a state superintendent but also as a former teacher, a former coach, former high school principal and a former local superintendent,” he told MetroNews Thursday during a break in the state...

April 11, 2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Board of Education wants to know what teachers, administrators, service personnel and PTAs would like to see when it comes the characteristics of a new state superintendent of schools.

Dr. Jim Phares announced earlier this month that he will retire June 30. The state school board’s goal is to find his replacement in a short time. That means getting input from everyone.

On Thursday, the board sent out a...

April 11, 2014

By Garrett Cullen
WV MetroNews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Many coaches are in favor, others not so much – that’s been the initial response to this week’s vote by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission to expand the summer practice session to all but one week on the summer months.

The rule, which still has to be approved by the state board of education, would go into effect for the 2015-2016 school year. Part of the intent of the change would give coaches at...

April 11, 2014

By John Raby 
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — James Phares looked forward to the challenge and opportunity to help make a difference in a state education system under fire when he was hired in late 2012 as West Virginia’s schools superintendent.

After 18 months, Phares will be stepping down on June 30 — which he said was set long ago as the day at age 61 that he’d walk with his wife into retirement.

“I told them what my parameters were,” Phares said in an...

April 11, 2014

By Garrett Cullen
WV MetroNews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Many coaches are in favor, others not so much – that’s been the initial response to this week’s vote by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission to expand the summer practice session to all but one week on the summer months.

The rule, which still has to be approved by the state board of education, would go into effect for the 2015-2016 school year. Part of the intent of the change would give coaches at...

April 14, 2014

By Marla Pisciotta

For The State Journal

A second meeting within as many weeks was hosted by child care workers and union representatives to discuss their fate as employees of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in Romney.

A recommendation to change the job designation from "child care workers" to "residential care specialist" was presented to the West Virginia Board of Education March 12 by WVSDB superintendent Lynn Boyer. The recommendation was...

April 14, 2014

By WV MetroNews 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As the state Board of Education looks nationwide for the next state school superintendent, the president of the West Virginia Education Association isn’t convinced the search needs to go that far afield.

“I still think you have to have some ties to West Virginia,” said Dale Lee. “You have to have some knowledge of our school system to be able to successfully lead us in a direction we want to go right now.

“We need someone who will...

April 14, 2014

By Jessica Farrish 
(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — When the iRaleigh Initiative in the Raleigh County school district placed iPads with every public school student at the beginning of the school year, most teachers and administrators agreed that technology in the classroom is necessary.

West Virginia is one of 29 states in the new Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The new academic assessment system will be extremely competitive and...

April 14, 2014

By Warren Scott, Staff Writer 
The Herald-Star 
 

FOLLANSBEE - The 2013 West Virginia Teacher of the Year encouraged youth at Follansbee Middle School to consider the consequences of their actions, whether posting on the Internet or preparing for school.

"You are all capable of doing great things, if you make the right choices," said Erin Sponaugle, a Berkeley County fifth-grade teacher who was among county teachers of the year submitted from throughout the state to...

April 15, 2014

By JD Supra Business Advisor

A recent decision by the West Viginia Supreme Court of Appeals has now paved the way for public bodies, including boards of education, to impose a reasonable hourly search fee for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

It is not uncommon for a county board of education to receive at least one FOIA request per week. For example, most, if not all county boards of education received a FOIA request last month from the West Virginia School Service...

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