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April 15, 2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s public schools will get free computer operating system upgrades for five years under a new agreement with Microsoft.

Schools will enter the agreement with Microsoft July 1. It will allow schools to upgrade their computers’ operating systems without cost if the hardware can handle the upgrade, The Charleston Daily Mail reported.

The agreement also will give schools access to email and programs through Office 365, a...

April 16, 2014

By Andrea Lannom and Samuel Speciale 
The Charleston Daily Mail 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former state superintendent Jorea Marple has filed another lawsuit claiming the state Board of Education unfairly fired her.

Marple’s attorney, Timothy Barber, filed the lawsuit Monday in Kanawha Circuit Court. An earlier lawsuit making similar allegations is pending in federal court before U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston.

The new lawsuit specifically names former board...

April 16, 2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A handful of West Virginia retired public employees and retired teachers protested on tax return deadline day at the state Capitol Tuesday. They claimed they are being discriminated against.

Coalition of Retired Public Employees President Ernie “Spud” Terry said they chose April 15 for a reason.

“I’ve been retired for 15 years. My wife has been retired for 10 years. That’s 25 years without any increase in our...

April 16, 2014

By WVEA Communications Staff

During its April 9-10 meeting, the state Board of Education placed five proposed policy changes on 30-day public comment, including one (Policy 2320) that details a new A-F school grading policy.

The A-F grading policy, which Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered the state board to craft in January, has already led to debate among board members.

For instance, state board member Bill White believes A-F could unfairly burden some schools that are...

April 17, 2014

By Arch Coal staff (news release) 

CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 16, 2014 – The Arch Coal Foundation presented 11 West Virginia teachers today with its Golden Apple Award.

The Golden Apple Awards are part of the Arch Coal Foundation's teacher recognition program, which recently honored 12 outstanding West Virginia classroom teachers with its highest award – the Teacher Achievement Award. Golden Apple Award recipients earned finalist status in the program, distinguishing them as...

April 17, 2014

By Paul Nyden 
The Charleston Gazette

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday that he’s keeping his political options open for 2016, even though his U.S. Senate term doesn’t end until two years after that.

The West Virginia Governor’s Office — as well as other state and national offices — will be open that year. Manchin served one term and part of a second term as governor before leaving for the Senate, and rumors have been circulating that he might consider another run...

April 22, 2014

By Chelsi Baker 
The Times West-Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Marion County Board of Education discussed issues surrounding the new digital format of this year’s WESTEST at their meeting Monday.

“No one knew anything about the issues that came up,” said Superintendent Gary Price. “We anticipated that they might, but there was a conference call this afternoon ... there were 42 counties looking for help.”

Today marked the first day of the WESTEST, which was to be taken...

April 22, 2014

By The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

SOUTH CHARLESTON -- Training at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) is providing dozens of teachers in 12 counties across West Virginia the tools and skills they need to deliver interactive lessons to their students, according to a news release.

In collaboration with NASA Independent Verification and Validation's Educator Resource Center, RCBI and Marshall University's June Harless Center delivered a one-day...

April 22, 2014

By Marla Pisciotta 
Cumberland Times-News

ROMNEY, W.Va. — West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin responded to issues at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind during an interview with the Times-News Wednesday morning.

Manchin confirmed that the state intends to keep the schools in Romney despite concerns of child care workers that Schools Superintendent Lynn Boyer was hired to move the schools.

“We are fortunate to have this quality...

April 23, 2014

By The Associated Press

A nonprofit coalition is urging Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to restore $1 million in state funding for early childhood and other family resource programs.

The Our Children, Our Future campaign to end child poverty said Wednesday it has requested a meeting with Tomblin and is seeking to have the funding reconsidered at an upcoming legislative special session.

The cuts included $388,000 for domestic violence-related programs, $250,000 for in-home family...

April 23, 2014

By Beth Christian Broschart - Staff Writer 
The Inter-Mountain

BUCKHANNON - U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., returned to West Virginia Wesleyan College Tuesday, bringing broadcasting legend Ted Koppel along for a forum encouraging students to get involved in public service.

"In the 1960s this notion of public service was a hot item," Koppel, who served as the forum's moderator, said. "It is not today. Tell these young people why public service is so important."

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April 24, 2014

By Kera Mashek 
WCHSTV.com

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County school board is dropping a proposal to start a dress code for teachers.

The dress code would've given school principals the power to limit the days teachers could wear blue jeans. There would've also been restrictions on t-shirts, tattoos, piercings, and even facial hair. The dress code was supposed to go before the school board for a vote Thursday night, but has been taken off the agenda due to a "lack of...

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